Monday, May 11, 2009

when the urge strikes.

i haven't worked on a new pattern in, what feels like, quite some time. i've been so busy making up stock for orders and the craft fair that i haven't had the time needed to work out a new pattern.


i find that i can't really create something unless the urge strikes me. this is partly why i haven't been taking custom orders for specific animals. if i'm not feeling it, it doesn't happen. i got the urge yesterday afternoon to make a giraffe, something i've been wanting to do for a while now. so i drew out a rough sketch and started cutting. here is my finished prototype. he's a little wonky, he is a also a little top heavy. one wrong move and he's flat on his face. ha! but overall i'm fairly happy with it. a few more runs and i think he'll be more what i had in mind. plus, i'm waiting for some mustard wool to arrive that i think may be a perfect color for his body.


(more pictures here)

also exciting (for me anyway) is that he is stuffed with 100% local wool. this is something that i looked into about a year ago, but thought it may be to expensive to do. polyfill was more economical and worked just as well i thought. well, times have changed and i think the few dollars more are worth it. it's much nicer for me to use, plus i think most customers will appreciate knowing their animal is stuffed with natural fibers. i will slowly start integrating the wool stuffed animals into the shop soon, so for now customers will have a choice of stuffing.

9 comments:

kristin said...

PERFECT! i love it.

Philly said...

OMG! I love love love giraffes and can't wait to purchase one of these little guys!!

kirsten said...

oh....i love him! so, so sweet!

becka said...

Oh Kate, I love him!! You are too clever.

ella said...

(s)he is super cute and yay for wool!

Justina said...

If the prototype is this cute, I can't wait to see the finalize version of it!

owlandpussycat said...

I just love this little guy. Will be perfect in mustard and good job on the wool stuffing!

lindsey said...

Ooooh, I want one! Sign me up for one as soon as you're ready to sell them. :)

Lindsey

beatfreak said...

So cute!