This Greenman’s tattoos are of a Stag hunt- maybe not the most appropriate imagery for a nature spirit? Oh well, I am going to imagine that the stag escape and lived to a ripe old age.
I bought some new variegated threads from Sue Spargo and I am having fun trying them out.
I worked on making this an Asian man to go with the chinoiserie toile tattoos.
His top knot (I will not call it a man bun!)-
Carrots, corn, beets, radishes, peas, onions, all the goodness!
He is mostly made of tans and browns. Well, except he has green eyes.
And yellow xxx’s on his black belt.
Oops, I forgot to post this fellow that I finished up before I went to Providence! I’ve been distracted with the post show clean-up, getting everything listed into my etsy shop, and getting started on new things. Poor guy.
I love this skeleton fabric!
I was planning on focusing on some new animals once I was back from the Providence show- cats, foxes, dogs, but somehow got distracted and I’ve been putting together and sewing up a big pile of men. To explain that further, I had the body parts dyed, cut out, and had most of the head-to-body and hand-to-arm sewing done. I needed to decide and cut out the trousers/tights/pants and shoes/boots, styles and colors. Then sew them up. There are so many steps. Here is my pile so far. These fellows will get finished up over the next year or so.
Tomorrow I head down to Providence for the show. I’ve been trying to get a few more things finished up. It is very busy around here! I still have some free tickets available. Contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
Our pumpkin is still hanging out on the porch- no squirrels snacking on it and not frost yet. The frost is coming soon according to my weather report, so instead of show prep, I am digging up dahlias and carrying potted plants into the house. It is nice and sunny today so that makes being outside no chore at all.
It is sew, sew, sew, sew, sew around here.
Cat ladies are fun to make. I get to search out all my most kitty fabrics.
I especially like to use angora because it fuzzes up in a soft cloud (orange kitty). The white kitty is alpaca, the grey is cashmere.
A Bird Lady- I became fascinated by a bright purple and dark green combination I saw out in the world, and had to find a place to play with it.
Luckily, at this point in my crafting career, I have a very large selection of colors to choose from.
Some even closer-ups-
Camouflage in the bright leaves-
I become highly aware of how long the dolls take me to make when I have to start from the beginning of the process and work all the way through. I am getting ready for the ArtProvidence Show (in One WeeK!) and I want to have a good selection of all the things. Most of the time, the various steps are separated, sometimes by more than a year. But, last Saturday, I pulled out my pattern pieces to make some Lady Pillow dolls because the bin of pre-mades and pre-cut pieces was empty.
I went though all my bins of wool to choose the dress and skin colors. Yes, they are heavy and I am getting old- phew, what a workout! Next, cut out the various dress pieces. Choose half of the dress pieces and match some “skin” colors to them, then shoes. Cut. Put the extra dresses aside for another day. I now have 8 ladies ready to sew up into their unembellished selves.
Stuff and sew them closed. Pull out my bags of smaller scraps of wool and cashmere. Choose hair colors and figure out hair-dos. Cut and sew. Embroider faces and hands. Okay, now I’m getting nervous because the week is flying by. I choose four out of the eight to focus on. Sew on their hair. Start designing their dresses.
I get three ladies done with a basic design idea and start hand-sewing. Finally the most fun part! So, today, pretty much a week later, I have something to show you. Oh, and one of the ladies is now bald again because I decided that I didn’t like her hair. I’m still hoping to have 4 ladies finished by the end of the weekend but we shall see.
This first lovely lady is more Spring than Autumn so maybe she is Australian.She is covered in butterflies, flowers, and leaves; most cut from reclaimed cashmere but with a little wool too.