Okay, another week not nearly as productive as I'd planned! I finished up a special request for a friend, and hope to get these guys finished up tonight-
Black and pink sweeties are just waiting for stuffing and to be closed up.
This guy, or I guess gal since I plan to make a flower for it, is being made from a felted wool recycled/upcycled men's sweater. Quite pleased that this one actually didn't shrink down super small so I might be able to get a few projects out of it. Love the colors in these stripes! Hmm... maybe I could try doing a 'boy' type owl with this fabric...
So this week has been pretty crazy, full of trial and error, but haha I guess it's all lessons learned right? I tried making ornaments, wasn't happy with those, though I think if I go back to them I'll know what to do differently. Discovered I do not ever want to work with stretchy sweaters again! Felted wool is wonderful, stretches very little if any, other sweaters are much trickier to work with as you sew everything on the front panel where you want it but by the time you stuff your owl everything has moved quite significantly from where you put it because of the stretch. Grrr.... Here are a couple things I'm actually pretty happy with, hope you like :)
Grey felted wool owl, my first one with wings!
I really love this one, love these colors! I think my flower turned out pretty cute too. Oh, and I just purchased my first pair of pinking sheers and I don't know how I ever lived without them!
Made some new labels, not thrilled with the stitching on this one but I'm pretty excited to be getting my name on all my products.
Recently I tried out making my toddler his own chunky crayons. It was actually pretty neat to get them all melted down. I went out and purchased a large package of crayons to make these, but if you have older kids and tons of used crayons that works great too. Super easy to do. Just peel all your crayons (using a knife to cut the label makes it so much easier!), group your colors and fill up a mini-muffin pan. Set your oven on 275 and check on them after 5 minutes, I think these took several minutes to melt down all the way. After they come out you can stir them with a toothpick to blend your colors. I found even with doing this the lighter stuff settled to the bottom, I kinda like the effect though. After they come out let your pan cool down then you can stick them in the freezer for a bit to hurry the hardening process along. Pop them out and your done!
Some new owls in the making. On the right we have my new larger owl pattern, the front panel was assembled in strips below the face, scroll down to see the finished product. Under this owl is a new quilt awaiting binding. Both owl and quilt were made from Riley Blake 'Love Birds' Collection of fabric. To the left an owl I'm making from felted wool. I've been snagging up men's wool sweaters and felting them in the wash. This paticular navy blue turned out so thick and soft.
I'm so thrilled with how these came out!
This little guy is gorgeous I must say. I even named him. His name is 'Midnight'. I'm so glad I decided to change his beak color. All the stitched details are done with a metalic silver thread. I just love him, and someone else must have too because he sold quick! My first item to sell in fact since I reopened my shop recently, so exciting. Now my eyes are peeled for more navy blue wool sweaters because I think these color combinations are fabulous.