The quilts have been put on the chair to protect it from the cats, Meggie has pulled it down from the top of the chair, then given up trying to get underneath it and decided it was enough and fell asleep.
Not finished yet, Still work in Progress, Calcifer from Howls Moving Castle the cartoon movie. He is needle sculpted felt perched on fabric logs. this is on the front lower part of the chair. This is my interpretation of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Legs are curtain fabric from England many years ago, the yarn for the spine and the head is from my stash, the body and underbody are trousers from Savers. A different view. Face to be sewn on. Just pinned for the moment. Other side view.
I am still working on the School Library Chair at the moment. I am loving it, reading the books that will inspire me to make them into 3d form too. This is eric in his cup, The cup is not finished yet, still needs the band around the rim, but it is close. I won't be showing the sides on my blog just yet. I still have a long way to go. But best of all it is FUN!
This is my original pattern design for the Lorax. My design tip that will save you time, money and paper. How I work is by using free cardboard from your groceries, (I also have friends who save me theirs). It is easy to cut and is recyclable. When I am happy with my shapes I then place them onto A4 paper and trace. If the pieces over lap use a different coloured pen. Scan it. This is now saved onto your computer and it can be easily be made to the size you want it to be. You add the seam allowances after. My favourite tool to use for enlarging is called PosteRazor. this is the link. http://posterazor.sourceforge.net/ This is just a teaser of the things I am making for the chair as I want to keep it a surprise for the school and will then post the finished item then.
Wow, I cannot believe that it is over a week since I last blogged, Where did that time go? This is just a sneak peek at the chair in progress, it is coming along. My daughter and her hubby came down from Bathurst on Friday to go to a wedding on Saturday and left to go home on Sunday, a very quick visit, So good to chat with her face to face and to give her a real hug. I have been shopping on ebay for supplies, I needed this and got it for $8 for 25 metres. then I needed velcro, so back on ebay after checking out Savers first and not finding any, well you won't believe this but I bought the lot from one place only 8 minutes away from home. plus eight and a bit rolls of webbing for $24. More than enough for the project on hand and for the rest of my life too! It does not matter that the loops and the hooks do not match, they won't be seen. I am thinking big here, moveable scenery and costuming applications just for a start. A sneak peek at one of the toys going on the chair.
On Saturday we had our ACDA meeting, It was Great as usual and these were passed to me that day, Two beautifully made Isolette covers and four wonderful premmie baby hats for the unit. Thank you ladies, I also recieved over 30 sewn Trauma dolls to turn and stuff. Simply wonderful and heartwarming.
Using a kids clear marble Kaleidoscope and my camera I came up with these images. This is the Cat in the Hat book. My cat Meg on the veranda. The light on the back of the car. Through the cat house frame. I am going to have a play with this for an idea I have for making a pattern to print out on fabric using my computer. I want to enlarge them for hexies repeat patterns.
The House on the Side of the Hill is playing a game called Tuedays Treasures. This book called The Perfect Match by Wayne Anderson This is one of my favourite illustrators, I just love his drawings. This particular book is the inspiration for some felt dolls I would like to make one day.This is a wedding story and a flip book that can change to over 8,000 guests and at the back it has a poem and pictures of 14 honoured guests, and the perfect couple that when they come together they form a perfect heart, The Perfect Match.
This is going to be my biggest chair make over yet! This was delivered to me today, as is, thank goodness there is a lot of info on the internet about upholstery makeovers! This chair is going to be covered in white fabric, This lovely hardwearing white cotton drill fabric was bought from Savers in Greensborough a couple of weeks ago when I knew i was going to do this project. It cost me $15. These are some of the books so far that are going to be used for inspiration to make the 3d characters that are going to be attached to the chair with velcro patches and press studs so that they can be moved around and changed. The Mr Men characters will be floor cushions cos all the characters are nice and flat and there are so many of them. How cute will they look with just their limbs showing. All the facial features will be black felt applique. I am really pumped and looking forward to starting it.