I took my darling OLD sewing machine in for service a few weeks ago, I ended up walking out with a schmancy, new sewing machine with all the bells and whistles. So...to make myself feel less guilt over buying a new sewing machine, I must get to work making that machine a good investment!
My MIL and her husband really don't like "stuff", which I appreciate, but it makes it a little hard when it comes to holidays. Since they do enjoy the arts I've been wanting to make them something special for a long time.
Sid had sent me a picture of himself as a boy that I just love. I made a color copy and transferred it onto the gessoed canvas using the Golden gel medium technique. Of course I wasn't patient enough and half of it pulled up when I removed the paper. When I do these things I always just tell myself "it adds to the character".
I added paint mixed with fabric paint medium, some textures, stitching around the face and a little rosy on the cheeky's.
I sewed the beads on after I sewed the body but BEFORE I stuffed it.
It was a workout trying to turn these little arms and legs right side out and stuff them. I'm sure there's tricks, I'm a total NOVICE!!
I had this little bead that I learned to make in Linda & Opie Obrien's workshop at Artfest that I stitched on. I'm LOVING this dyed silk ribbon! I need to try to find where to get just raw silk ribbon at a reasonable price, I think it would be fun to be able to dye it myself.
Using StazOn, I stamped "Sid and Sharon...sittin in a tree".
This was a really fun project. I'm guessing it took me about 4 hours in total. Can't wait to do another!
Making gifts sometimes is very difficult, you put yourself out there, it's very personal. Putting your heart into something that may or may not be well received. My heart has been crushed on more than one occasion by a less than enthusiastic recipient of my labor of love. Do you know what I'm saying?
At this point in my life I'm very selective about who I make things for.
hi and welcome!!! i'm so glad you're here! my name is michelle. i'm blessed to be a wife (to gary) of 18 years and a mom of two girls; alexis(16) & jess(11). i've been a full time artist for 15 years. i made my start at Portland Sat. Mkt. and art fairs around the country, and then headed into wholesale shows when our oldest began school. i love ART-ing, art journaling, running, cycling and downing junk food!