I made some owls this weekend. These 3 were all ready to go- I’d cut out all the pieces before the DC show but ran out of time to finish them. I only had to do the most fun part- stitching all the pieces in place!
I think of this one as my 70′s owl. I might have had some pants made of that brown plaid in 1970, or at least something very similar!
This one has lots of great textures.
And lastly, this very serious fellow.
I had fun with my variegated threads, stitching around his eyes.
I received a very nice email asking me to reproduce a dog doll that they had bought from Land of Nod. She told me such a nice story about how much they loved it and how the old one had gotten destroyed by a new pup. I explained that it would be similar but not exactly the same and she was okay with that. And, here he is.
I was lucky because I had all the colors of wool that I needed!
This is the last of the mermen and today I am shipping them ALL off to Kansas City for Quilt Market. Three should be coming back home to me and then they will be available for sale ($375).
This fellow, no flowers. I focused on the dark.
No back fin.
He has a widow’s peak.
Less flowers on this fellow. And no back fin. Instead, he has more and bigger side fins.
This is the second of the choices for the “skin/tattoos”. I have no idea what any of that kanji means. This body pattern is the same as the first: small side fins and a back fin.
I tried something different for the hair.
I was thrilled to be asked to make a merman to promote the Sirenas Del Mar mer-creature contest, sponsored by Alexander Henry Fabrics and Treasures of the Gypsy. Those links will take you to sites with info about the contest. Of course I can never make just one so I’ve been working on four. One of these fellows will make his debut at the Alexander Henry Fabrics Quilt Market booth in Kansas City! The inspiration for this mer-fellow is Japanese samurai.
He has a Japanese landscape toile. You can see in this back view that he has a back fin.
His hair is in a samurai/sumo style, tied at the top of his head. It was fun to work on figuring out a new hair style!
His waist and side fins-
and his tail-
More to come!
These were the last 2 dolls I finished before I left. The owls were very popular in DC, as long as they weren’t Snowy Owls- I have 5 of those still! You just never know what people will want.
I am getting back into the studio and I have a list of special requests and projects that will keep me busy through May. I am mulling over my experience in DC. Every time I go out into the world, show my work, interact with people, spend the big bucks to participate; I can’t help but reevaluate everything I am doing. I know I’ll get over it as soon as I am immersed in the work again. Right now though, I am hearing all the weird or negative visitor comments in my head. Many people don’t understand or respect the fiber arts and their comments reflect that.
Things I don’t need to hear-
I saw something exactly like this at a craft show I went to last week.
I used to make dolls exactly like these 20 years ago.
My mom makes Raggedy Anns.
Can you donate one of your dolls to my cause.
And so many more, Oh well, time to get back to work!
This is the third and last of the foxes that I finished before the show. All of these foxes are available if you are interested in getting one before I manage to do the etsy listing… which will be soon-ish? In the next few days? Anyway, the foxes are $225 (for now, going up to $250 when I get around to editing all the postings on etsy) with free shipping. Email me- firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Sweet face with textured knit wool shawl, formerly an Eileen Fisher sweater! And a star purse. The dress is Liberty lawn.
I’m back from Wash DC and I am catching up with the dolls that I didn’t get around to posting before I left. I am working on restocking my etsy shop and am also posting images on Instagram of dolls that are available.
I love her very bright green bow and bag! It matches the acorn in the dress fabric.
Her sweater is a soft and fuzzy angora blend.
He is a very snappy dresser.
Antique buttons- 3-hole glass, shell.