Finished up the needle-felted Love Pillow (several posts below; scroll down 'til you find it), & wanted to show it to you in a REAL SETTING -- my bedroom. Think it looks cute in here cuz of the other letterforms.
Was happy to discover that Michael's Craft Store carries 12" x 16" pillow inserts -- didn't know this before starting this pillow top, so was preparing myself for having to create my own. Hooray for not having to. A big plus with this insert was the side zipper, which allowed me access for removing some of the stuffing. It didn't need to be that full -- didn't want the pillow to be so bulbous that the lettering was unreadable.
Did a blanket stitch around the perimeter of the pillow with two pieces of crewel embroidery yarn; stitched on felted wool balls that I got from Magic Cabin, before I figured out they charge like 25¢ per ball. And it was at that time, Officer, that I started crafting my own. But still have a bunch left, so gotta use 'em!
Today @ the Seekonk (MA) Speedway Flea Market, I purchased this creamer for $5.
Included in this price: a piece of newspaper & a paper bag.
I got the creamer (photo'd in front of a child's tin tray) because it has that '40s/'50s look which I dig, and the graphic is great -- it reminds me of the Kellogg's Corn Flake rooster, who uses "Corny" as a moniker. Moniker is also the way people from around here pronounce the name "Monica". Which has nothing to do with this creamer.
The next puppet in the French finger series is Emperor NapoLion Bonesapart. His middle name is Willtearyer.
Here is NapoLion relaxin' in his throne room @ Fontainebleu. Pretty spiffy digs, n'est-ce pas?
NapoLion is what I call a "thumb" puppet because he is really small -- without his hat, he's only 2" tall. He HAS to be diminutive, otherwise he couldn't have a "Napoleon Complex".
His coat may look familiar to you. It started off life as a G.I. Joe uniform that was purchased @ the flea market.
I've used this blue jacket for one puppet already. You may remember Sgt. Glum, one of my rodeo clowns. Here's a refresher:
I get a lotta use outta small bits of stuff.
The real life Napoleon is usually pictured as having one of his hands inside his vest. Why this is, well, there's some debate. Some say that this was a standard portrait pose for the time, others say Napoleon had gut problems and was holding his hand there to ease the pain.
Either way, I knew I wanted to imitate this quintessential Napoleon move. This was a bit tricky, because things had to be anchored down in the right sequence. Taking your time to figure this out before you have a big gluey mess on your hands is time well spent.
I did a lot of needlefelting on this character, building upon what I'd learned from Lou and from Judge Righteous. Being able to needlefelt in wool roving for the mane/beard & hair created a more realistic leonine look, and building up his nose, chin, and muzzle really helped to shape this guy's personality.
It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: keep your finger out of the puppet while repeatedly poking in a sharp needle. Unless "blood-speckled" is the look you're after. And, no, I didn't do this. I'm just warning you to Beez Careful.
Here's NapoLion outside The Arc de Triomphe, which was commissioned by Napoleon. (I learned that while doing research. Yay research.) He's wearing his hat and carrying the sword my sister was kind enough to loan me. NapoLion is going to have to share this sword with Joan de Arc when I get around to making her. But it might get consumed when she's burned @ the stake. I'll warn my sister.
It seemed only right to do an image containing the popular ABBA lyrics.
Copyright = them.
Strange spelling of Napoleon = mine.
Two more images to show a wider view of The Arc, and a close-up of Nap's hat.The hat & medal stars are a pair of earrings that got their posts snipped. So don't throw anything away, 'kay? It comes in handy... eventually.
While I'm Photoshopping another series of fotografias to share with you, thought I'd sneak in this project that was started on Monday & finished yesterday. It's a needlefelted pillow top, measuring 12" x almost 16", with 2 gauges of variegated yarn. Eventually it will be finished as an actual PILLOW. Maybe I'll show you when it's done. But there's a really good possibility that I won't.
I've wanted to do this saying for a long time (a punchline to a joke?), and even attempted it within the last year as a couched project, but that just looked... ugly. Needlefelting to the rescue! Having some of the letters attached & having others be singletons looks sooo much better.
I'm looking forward to doing other "saying" pillows, which may include these family quotables:
I can talk louder if you'd like.
It's made to serve me, not me to serve it.
Good behavior is expected; Bad behavior is not rewarded.