Monday, December 22, 2008

don't read this if your child is getting a gift from me

I'm not kidding.

Laura, this means you.

Look away now.

 

 

OK, she's gone, so I can show you what I made and was tempted to keep for myself, if only I didn't love those nieces of mine so much.

Let me preface this by saying that I never get anything right the first time when I sew. My seam ripper is my friend. However, felt food must be idiot-proof because it mostly looks like what it is supposed to look like.

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Eggs, ravioli and orange slices -- not intended to represent a balanced meal...

This stuff is so much fun to make. I am trying to find a reason why I need to make myself a batch of fake food. There must be a legitimate argument to be made.

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Carrots, drawn out right on the felt with free-hand cut leaves... Oops, I see I missed a thread.

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I got cocky here at the end and decided to make a burger with lettuce, tomato and pickles. Unfortunately, I didn't have any bun-colored felt so it is all served open-faced.

What I learned: Wool felt is about a million times better to work with than acrylic felt, but only the burger is wool. Had I known this in advance, I would have ordered the wool online because if you live in the Upstate of South Carolina, you can only get hamburger-colored wool. I would also like to try this with reclaimed wool and I think a felted blanket would be just about perfect. Ooh, what if I hand-dyed it to colors other than hamburger...

Now, I'm really getting cocky.

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The sun is a little distracting on this picture, but this is a doll-sized quilt with matching pillow. It is meant to be Bitty Baby sized, but since we don't own a Bitty Baby at our house, I had to guess. It is linen and a cotton Mary Engelbreit fabric which I could almost eat. Love those colors.

That snazzy little embroidered mushroom is from Pimp Stitch. Bitty Baby needed a mushroom, I think.

This is the first embroidery I have done in probably 25 years and I think I have unleashed a monster. Pimp Stitch is about as awesome as it sounds, too.

4 comments:

Jennifer said...

Oh my! Lydia will love that! (And Betsie too when she plays there...hope that's okay! LOL!) Adoreable gift. And I promise to keep it a secret.

Susan in SC said...

what lucky little girls to get such sweet gifts! Wool felt - hmmm, I will have to order some online to play with!

Leslie said...

Love fake food. When I was little, I loved going to Sears and looking at the fake food in the refrigerators on the sales floor.
Wool felt not in upstate SC? I thought that was a problem just in Greenwood.

Angela said...

I love making felt food...my daughter recently said her kitchen set had too many...it was 'overflowing' as she put it. :)