25 May 2011
I started out by spending some quality time in front of my computer but this time I googled Tiger template instead. I found this great Japanese site or at least I think it was Japanese, I couldn’t read a world it said but it had a step by step instruction with photos of how to make a Tiger head. A Bengali Tiger even! On the page was blue button and I hopefully pressed it and hoped it meant down load pattern …and what do you know – it did!
I cut out all the pieces and started gluing it together by looking at the pictures. It was a perfect fit! My salute to the person that made the template. I so wish I knew his or her name.
I mounted it on a piece of foam core covered with felted wool. Naturally I had to make a tongue out of felt too and some whiskers made of fishing line.
Here he is. I know he looks like he is on an acupuncture treatment but that is just while the glue is drying. I think I will name him Thomas the Tiger and naturally he will have to move to my sisters…..
23 May 2011
22 May 2011
What to do? Well dead easy really - I had to make one of course. But how? When in need you google! So I googled deer template and got a lot of strange hits but finally hit the jackpot. The Chronicle Books Blog with a great template I could use. I had first planned to make one just like the one in the blog but then decided that I wanted mine to be more like a real stuffed deer head minus the fact that you had to kill a deer to get it so to speak.
This is how I did.
I cut it out in 1 cm thick foam core and assembled it.
Then I started to cover it with paper mache to give it a real animal look and more rounded features.
As I was sitting there happily applying glue and torn news papers to the foam core I suddenly went all Julie Andrews and started humming to myself
Do a deer , a female deer.
Re a drop of golden sun
Mi – a name I call myself
Fa – along, long way to run…..
Time for some psychiatric counseling or what…..
Now I am half way there. ( Not to the counselling that is but to the finished deer head...)
I haven’t quite made up my mind yet wheather to cover it with wet felting or one of my recently bought vintage embroideries. I am leaning towards the embroidery though….
Will keep you posted!
PS Some of you that have been reading my blog since I bought my country house back in 2007 knows that the animal lover and pacifist part has not always been easy to live up to....
15 May 2011
So I have neglected you my dear blogfriends. In fact this could be me right now. I sort of feel like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland all the time, running around and mumbling to myself “things to do- places to go”.
I also have neglected my creative work and although my head is full of new ideas the only thing I have time for is to write them down or do a quick sketch in my sketchbook as a way of not forgetting. As a mantra I repeat to myself
“ vacation in seven weeks time, vacation in seven weeks time, vacation in seven weeks time”.
Please bear with me. I will be back! But right now I have to rush …
Things to do – places o go…..