Yes, he is a very big fellow. This is a link to another big man merman that I made a while back. You may notice that this new merman has a longer tail. When I cut out the tail pieces, I adjusted the proportions of the tail to match the slimmer guys, not really thinking about how his torso is longer. So he’s ended up about 2 inches longer than any of the other mermen. Oh well!
Also, he is made of linen which is a little stretchier when stuffed so that helped him grow.
I have listed 2 of the other mermen into my etsy shop today but I’m going to hold off on this one. I need to figure out if I’ve got a box that he would fit into for shipping!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Time to love on some handsome fellows :-)
I got a little packet of antique/vintage star buttons at my favorite place for such things- Vintage and Antique Textiles in Central Massachusetts. Here is the first one I found a use for.
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.
This was the last fellow that I finished up before the Providence Show. In the end, he never even made it out of the storage box. That’s the way it goes.
Yes, that is a boar on his chest. With some rabbits above and a lady goddess coming out of his pants!
I bought a bag of mixed buttons last fall and there are lots of good ones to choose from. This button matches his early 1900’s look.
His hair and beard are a black and grey mix.
Ruins on his back-
I am working very hard to get everything into my Etsy shop. I should be done today. Also, I will be working for at least another week so if there is something you want before Christmas, I might have time to make it happen. Send me an email- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping it seasonal here :-) It’s a skeleton party!
See that button on his belt? It’s bone. I believe these old big-hole buttons were specific to underwear. I have a lot of them.
This fellow got finished at the perfect time of year. This fabric is both Day of the Dead and Christmas. I should probably do some research to learn more. What I know for sure is that it is gorgeous.
I think my favorite image is the little skeleton angels.
He has glittery gold rick rack on his belt. The rick rack is left-over from my days making kids costumes.
Happy Halloween everybody!
This time I remembered his axe.
And no hat-
Another cotton lumberjack, this time a blond big man.
He has a wooden button on his belt.
And a cow!
Traditional toiles can be so much fun to work with. I love finding the details and making them the focal point of one of my people. We had a sofa with toile slipcovers when I was a kid. I remember my mom pointing out the scenes but all I saw was a mass of red and white. I think I was visually overwhelmed.
I love his face. Sometimes that just happens.