I could spend all of my time making tattooed men because they are my most popular item but I’d burn out fast if I didn’t mix it up. But back to the men. I’ve got a pile that I’m working towards finishing. First up-
Here is a detail of his hair-
Horses on his chest and arms!
Sometimes when I am taking photos, I can’t get a single good result. Other times, I have more than one that seem too good not to show you!
I look at the last time I posted here on the blog and realize it has been a few weeks. I never have the urge to post unless I am finishing up dolls. I’ve been busy with other things though- a baby blanket gift, a trip to Chicago and sewing there with my daughter, new placemats for me, clothes making- a tunic and a shirt that I cut out and started but has since gone into limbo. I am more likely to be posting these projects on Instagram. It is so easy and in-the-moment. Happy 4th to everyone in the US!
Isn’t this toile excellent? It is from my trip to Portland, OR in 2015.
Hanging out on the sofa with Mango.
It is hard to see but his pants have tiny stars on them.
Here is a detail of his hair in the back.
with skeletons. Perfect for this time of year.
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-
It is pretty darn hot here but maybe not so much where he is from which might explain his hat.
Here he is without his hat-
His kilt is removable and he has navy and white shorts underneath.
Working on these fellows is definitely more fun than the fiddly work of the pattern making so more men ahead!
His trousers have tiny stars on them. Love that fabric. His hair is dark brown and is over-dyed grid pattern but so dark that it doesn’t show up in the photos.
I made this fellow along side the other one. He is made with essentially all the same design choices but in different fabrics. It was fun to work on the 2 together.