I was working for about a month doing some seamstress work. My old 60's Singer sewing machine and I got very intimate in that time. I feel I know her better than ever now. The machine used to be my mom's; it's built like a brick sh&*house and I love it.
I have been sewing some fun projects lately, including these stinkin' cute stuffed pigs. My friend feeds my creative obsession by letting me consign my stuff at her store. Somebody bought one as a Christmas gift. They paid $15 for it. I'm a little surprised, but tickled, too. Thank you for supporting local businesses!
|Phone picture... (not too awful, though - huh?)...|
I got the pattern from Martha Stewart:
She is using felted wool sweaters. I bought what I thought was a wool sweater from the thrift store. After further inspection at home, turns out it's acrylic. Not a surprise since I abhor most wool sweaters; I feel like I'm bathing in fiberglass - itchy! I don't know from wool so well. But it was only 50 cents, so no big whoop.
I believe the acrylic sweater stretched more, which is why my guys have bigger noses.
And if anyone has ever read any of the Olivia books, you know that the cutest pigs have giant snouts.
|I think Olivia should be required reading. For everyone.|
Plus I embroidered eye and nostril details. Everyone knows that the cutest pigs have little eyes and nostrils.
Now I'm on a pig-making jag.
|I bought a bunch of sweaters, and a velvet-like shirt, at a thrift store.|
|Cut pieces: tail, left and right sides, ears, round nose, bottom piece.|
I wasn't so sure about the velvet-y one as it's harder to see his nose/eyes. However, my local toy expert, my friend's 7 year old daughter, thought this was by far the best one. So I gave it to her for Xmas.
One thing I do notice is that the placement of ears and eyes make all the difference in the pig's "expression".
I uploaded the following picture to picnik.com and did some messing around. (Picnik is a great, free tool to do some things to your photos that you might not be able to do on your computer. Ah, the interwebs.)
|after strange, virtual, cosmetic eye surgery|
See the difference? I couldn't adjust the ears, but you can imagine...
I'm having fun, plus it's a great time to catch up on some of my Hulu shows.
I finished a darker pink pig and took a blurry camera phone pic of it...
|My little friend, Julia, gave the pig a scarf :)|