This Little Guy

This wasn’t my own pattern or anything, just a fan project that I’m working on with a friend. It was a heritage doll pattern that they adapted and my first stab at soft sculpture in so very very long.

IMG_5590I try to be a lot more closely representational in my own work, caricatures are not my strength but taken in pieces, it came together. It all started with the eyes and I will admit that I went far overboard on the amount of colours but… hazel! They’re hazel eyes, they’re supposed to have a crazy amount of colours in them!

IMG_5608The face was very simple as is the case with most heritage dolls, but I did make the eyebrows a lot thicker than the lines that they suggested because it was necessary. The character he’s styled after has some eyebrows on him. The eyes were a simple long stitch done much like an eyelet with a French knot in the centre for the pupil. The nose and eye outline a stem stitch; and the eyebrows and mouth were satin stitched lines.

The hair took the longest just because of the sheer area to cover with long and short stitches, I marked the hairline and sideburns first and then left him looking like a medieval monk for too long while I worked on the back of his head.

IMG_6200I left the bangs and the beard till last because they really complete the face for me. I was going to add a little salt to the pepper and may yet but I want to get the clothing completed first. Not going to reveal which character he is but also not going to deny it if someone guessed.

Spite Can Be So Motivating

Sooooo maybe this piece was inspired by a very specific “them”, but so what? I needed to practice my rusty embroidery skills and this was as good a sentiment to immortalize in silk as any!

FullSizeRenderMy Photoshop skills are weak so I sketched out the pattern by hand. No specific font, I just stretched out and cleaned up my own block printing. Dredged up all of those drafting skills from my first run at university!

IMG_5840I was feeling an 80s vibe when I was auditioning thread against my favourite polka dots. I’ve tucked the green away for some future project.

IMG_5841Played around with the colours and patterns before I committed anything to cloth.

My satin stitch is slowly recovering but doing it in black hides a lot of sins, adding a single strand outline around each letter hides the rest of them.

IMG_6704I filled in the color with I guess a long and short stitch? Maybe? Honestly, there wasn’t a lot of structure to it, I just kept filling in stitches until I had the coverage that I wanted. I was using 2 strands so it’s a little lumpier in closeup but it works. The really high gloss thread like this is a bit of a pain to work with but worth it for the shine.

I’m happy with how it turned out though and I can honestly say that I still feel that way today so it hangs proudly on my wall now.