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Friday, October 15, 2010
Petal and Bungles
I did something 'scary' this week that should have been done a l o n g time ago. I cut out some mohair. Now, I've had this mohair for months and every time I took it out and looked at it, I would run my fingers over the beautiful fabric thinking of all the sweet little bears/kittens etc. I could make with it. But, silly me, I was too nervous to try and cut it up because I was worried about cutting it incorrectly! As most bear makers know, only the backing must be cut while the little hairs must be avoided to ensure the seams stay nice and furry. My, but I can waste a lot of time by being too scared to do something! So, as in most things I do, I waited for the appropriate amount of scaredy cat time to pass and then I thought 'What the Heck' and just went for it! When will I ever learn to just do whatever it is I want to do without spending months agonizing over what might go wrong??
The mohair came in a kit with a sweet bunny pattern by Vivianne Galli http://www.etsy.com/shop/theoldpincushion, so I very carefully cut out each piece, only wrecking the first piece mind you, and in no time at all, my little Bungles came to life.
I named him after a doll I had when I was little. It's a strange name, but I guess I must've liked the sound of it then, though who knows how I came up with it!
I wanted to give Bungles a vintagey, well-loved look, so I rubbed him with watery brown paint and plucked hairs from around his nose, eyes, paws and ear tips. I added blush to his nose and ears and to finish him off, I gave him a silvery mauve bow with a tiny bell at his neck.
I loved making him so much that I decided to make another one the next day using a pattern I designed.
This is Petal. It took my a few attempts at getting the pattern just how I wanted it, but I'm loving it! I think she's soooo sweet!
Again, I distressed her with the watered down brown paint, concentrating it around her eyes, paws and belly. Instead of the German glass eyes, I used safety eyes and appliqued a little nose on. A crocheted cotton scarf with a detatchable beaded flower is tied at her neck.
I can tell you one thing - life's too short to worry about messing something up!!
Both Bungles and Petal make wonderful companions for Blythes, Pullips and other collectable dolls.