Man. It was still light outside when I started fooling around the the new hand sewn guy's arms and my fabric stash. Too many choices plus I have not a got clue what this guy will look like yet.
This is just a small sampling of the bazillion combinations I was looking at.
|Wow -- I even had a small swatch of fabric from my studio chairs in my stash...nearly the same color just bigger.|
After making myself totally nuts with all of the choices I decided I needed to know what his head was going to look like before I went any further. A good thing about making stuff up as you go along is you can keep changing things. A bad thing is that if you don't plan things out you have to go back and sort of retrofit stuff...which is where I am right now since I started with the hands/arms. Sheesh.
I don't have any more whole gloves left. I actually pretty much only have fingers and a few cuffs. I don't know what I was thinking when I made those hands from blue glove material because I can't make a face to match. I might need to make up his story to include that those are gloves he is wearing, not his hands...don't know...just don't know.
So I found one fingerless hand part. It is close to the same blue but not the same so I will use the stripes as the muzzle area of his face...I think.
I needed to sew up the edges because I wanted to save the bulk of the stripey part. I tried sewing up the finger parts a couple of different ways with just a running stitch sort of thread that I could pull out easily (and not have to deal with straight pins poking me). I had no idea what direction to sew in and what that would do when turned rightside out...so I played around a bit.
|Sewing up the finger openings in this direction...|
|...made this sort of a nose and mouth. I kind of like it but not for this guy.|
|So I ended up just sewing straight across and then I had to use white thread in the white stripe just because it was too off.|
Okay -- so what would be the rest of his head? Gah! I have had this toy bear sweater saved for "something" since my niece was a little kid and the stuffed cat that I purchased the sweater for was long gone.
I stared at it a long time and thought about it for an even longer time and then I got over myself and decided for crying out loud, it is just a long-gone toy's sweater...my niece never wore it or anything...cripes.
|I tacked some spikes in place to see how they might look and what shape his head might be with the stripey muzzle.|
And then the edges started to get really wonky and I needed to stitch up the loops a little and I just ended up making folded-over-and-quickly-stitched edge seams that would hold long enough for me to join the two pieces of knitted fabric.
And then I used one of the buttons from the sweater for an eye and who knows if this is what he will end up like -- but for now I can almost start to see a guy emerging...but maybe not...too soon to say. And now it is nearly nine at night and the cats are meowing for dinner -- where does the time go???