#294

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New phone means new camera means seeing all my flaws… In high definition!
Still plodding along with the mini body double. Instead of sewing the felt on, I somehow came to the conclusion of needle felting it on. As fun as this is, it’s time consuming and getting a bit annoying. Luckily there’s not much more to do, only patching up all the dart cuts I had to make to get the flat thing to cover the bumpy thing. Staring at green felt hasn’t been this fun since playing pool, without either of us being able to play well.
So, many lovely pictures will be brought to you all, if I ever stop taking photos of my cats.

#293

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This fluffy, blobby thing is my latest project idea. It began as a paper mache torso, originally brought to decorate and be done with it. I was never sure what to so with it. It’s rather large, around the size of an 18 inch dolls torso, so would take up a bit of room for just a painted sculpture piece. I decided that I would turn it into a miniature dress form to practice sewing dressmaking techniques and designs. For years I’ve wanted a dress form, but I never had enough space, money or sewing experience to warrant one. Also useful of I find any 18 inch bodies that need clothes.
I’ve been needle felting a layer of stuffing on top of the body, for a layer to stick pins into. I’m not using glue, and could have wrapped thread around the fluff, instead, but I’m having fun felting it. Next, I’ll sew a layer of felt, and sew firmly to the figure. I found a cardboard tube and cut a hole in the bottom of the body to use as a stand. I was going to tape it on, but it might be more useful to be able to detach the body for better access. I was thinking of anchoring the bottom of the tube stand in a container and fill the base with plaster of Paris, so it will be sturdy. Not sure yet, I’ll have to cover the tube in tape so it doesn’t go weird with the moisture. Or think of something else.
I’m sure the internet has some answers.

#292

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Today’s size brought to you by the letter: pencil.
Gosh, I’m tired…
This is one of the snowballs that I showed you guys the other day. A couple more of the layers of stuffing fluff, and it became awkward to hold. So, I decided to stop growing it, and cover it with some super cute fabric, instead. I made this step into another experiment. Instead of cutting nice, measured and symmetrical pattern pieces in fabric, I took the fabric, wrapped it around, pinned roughly, and cut a rectangle shape. From here, instead of focussing on making it neat, I just made sure the fabric was firm and secured with an over stitch in an organic line branching down the sides of the ball. This kind of gives it a Frankenstein feel, showing all the stitches and all, but the fabric is snug, and feels nice. I could have done a nice mattress stitch, hiding all the thread, but I just wanted to get it done quickly before I lost interest :/
Really need to start cleaning for inspection again, as it looks like Santa’s elves used my house as a secondary crafting site. At least I can get away with drawing and needle felting being left out with little mess.

#291

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Snowballs! Or as close as that time we made snowmen while we were defrosting the freezer…
Naahh, I wouldn’t put snow on my keyboard. Totally tricked you all.
I ran out of one bag of stuffing, and had to open a new bag. This one was a different brand, and much courser feeling, which turned out to be great for needle felting. I don’t really have plans for these, they’re just fun to make and hold (and steal if you’re furry and four-legged.) I do want to make one really big, like a small basketball. They are awfully lighter than they look, and I thought they’d make great indoor balls for kids. I guess one day, I’ll use all these ideas on actual children, but until then, I’ll make and invent and share to you guys.
Indoor snowball fight!

#290

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Caught red pawed.
I put the little hat in the wash. Looks like it wasn’t wooly enough, and didn’t change a whole lot. Not long after I put the hat on a ball to dry, my lovely, inquisitive, stealy, annoying cat stole it. It was kinda cute, as he picked it up in his mouth as I followed him with the camera for proof. Once I retrieved it and put it back on my table out of harms way, it didn’t take long for him to return to the scene of the crime for another attempt at thievery. Apparently, tiny wet hats are a cats best friend.