Wednesday, March 5, 2008
5 Strange Felt People
Have you ever had a project that almost made you quit your hobby? I did, and for some reason I kept picking it up, again and again, over the past five years. Maybe longer.
It all started with a trip to Mexico City. I was traveling with my mother, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law. My sister-in-law, who lived in Mexico City at the time, took us to some unique places to shop. One place in particular involved us following a guy in a pick-up truck through a fairly desert-ish countryside to his farm/hacienda. He was an artist and we were led to his upstairs studio (which looked like a cross between the attic and a hay loft) to view painted furniture. I knew I would not be traveling with a painted armoire or chest of drawers. But there were some little houses that caught my eye. My mother-in-law purchased four of them... one for each of her children's families. I had a crazy idea that I would sew individual dolls representing all the families. That was stupid.
Turns out, I hate sewing doll clothes. And so, it took me a very long time to finish these 5 strange felt people. My kids like them, but are really only mildly interested in them. Good thing I didn't get too serious about going China-free this Christmas. I would have had to make more than just strange felt guys.
Anyway, body forms were purchased at Zim's in Salt Lake City. Felt clothing was pieced together and embroidered. I took some direction from the patterns in a book about Wee Felt Folk. That might actually be the title.