Such nice soft hair and beard!
He has excellent suspenders, don’t you think?!
Do you know what day it is today? My 12th Blog Birthday! Happy Birthday blog!
Back in November, when I was trying to cram my shop for the Holiday season, I got started on a group of lumberjacks. During that crazy time of the year, I cannot go on a super focused journey doing just one design, like I just did with all the foxes. People actually want a selection in my shop! So, anyway, I have 3 lumberjacks that got put aside last fall and I am finishing up now!
Here is #1-
He has George Washington on his chest and eagles on his forearms. He also has an axe over his shoulder.
I love how his hair looks like he is being blown in a hurricane.
And how about those fancy embroidered suspenders!
She has a fancy wool coat made of Liberty of London peacock print. The fabric was a shawl/scarf that I wore for years until wear and moths indicated it was time for it to have a new life.
And she has a silk ribbon bow.
Her dress is baby wale corduroy and is also my new fox dress design. I am thinking I might want to make something along the same lines for me!
Her coat is excellent camouflage!
Yesterday when I was taking photos, the temp was in the high 50′s. Today, snow.
Three more fox girls and then on to the next thing. Wow- 6 solid weeks of foxes for me. I think I’ve got them out of my system for now.
A fox girl in teal with a bunny in her basket!
I love how the teal and green look against the orange and rusty brown herringbone wool.
I used some of my antique lace. It can be a push to get over the too-precious-to-use syndrome.
This is a new design dress that I’ve been working on- no waist gathering. I like how it has sort of a 60′s vibe.
Hi little bunny!
It is hard to get inspired to do foxes with outdoor interests (like butterflies, mushroom hunting, foraging, etc) in the winter when the forest in New England is asleep. But, wandering, even in winter, I can imagine.
eta- I have just listed these last 4 foxes into my etsy shop.
I believe he is an Apiologist, based on his lapel wear. I also think he is the Dad of the little guy I posted yesterday.
Sometimes an idea pops into my head and I follow it and then… stop. Idea- a fox in a kilt. Sounds like fun! After the kilt was made and on, I came to a crashing halt because I couldn’t figure out what should come next. I tried lots of things that didn’t work- a nice sweater made my fellow look like a preppy lady fox. A bulky sweater was just as off. A jacket? no. A wool vest? nope. I now had a nice pile of reject clothing that will find other foxes that suit them better. And I put him aside as I finished up the foxes for my window display. But, this week, he was back on the work table. I tried to shut of the critical/judging part of my brain and move forward with him. That is how this rather silly but takes-himself-oh-so-seriously fox came to life.
He makes me think of a mountain man/fox, a hermit, or a wanderer. When I work on my characters, I ask them, Who are you? I am not really sure with this one.
I will be putting this weeks foxes into my etsy shop today.
I know I’ve talked about my connection to fabrics before somewhere, but in case you forgot ;-)
I love using fabrics that hold memories for me. I still have lots of fabric from my mom. I have fabrics that were gifts. I have fabrics that I purchased while traveling. This sweet little girl fox is wearing 2 memories for me- her shawl and a Liberty print dress. The shawl fabric was acquired on my first trip to Minneapolis, recorded here on my blog. Wow, that was a long time ago! I bought the Liberty fabric in San Francisco on my first (and only) visit to Britex. I was spending some quality shopping time with Sonya. And while I was sewing, I was remembering my travels.