Isn’t this toile excellent? It is from my trip to Portland, OR in 2015.
Hanging out on the sofa with Mango.
This is the last man for now but I love this toile so much that I just couldn’t leave him lingering in the in-progress bin any longer.
The plan is to cut out a whole new batch and start the process over- cutting, dyeing, marking, stitching, stuffing, embroidering, embellishing… SO many steps. That’ll start next week I hope.
I haven’t made very many dark skin tone tattooed people because I have not had much success dyeing the fabric to colors that I like and I think are even remotely realistic. So, this is one of a very few. He’s been waiting a long time to get finished up.
He has a lady on the front of his arm and George Washington on the back of that same arm.
This fine fellow started out as a composition in browns- his toile tattoos, his eyes and hair, his boots, shorts, embroidery details… but when I got to choosing a kilt color and I’d pulled out more browns, well, it just wasn’t working for me. So, Red!
You can see his brown striped shorts and his knees-
And under his hat-