Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Fishing For Compliments
Well, here it is...
My yellow perch!!
What a cutie-pie.
I laboriously made a sketch for my pattern (again...no drawing skills), based on a web diagram of the shape and markings of a yellow perch.
...then I used it to make a resist.
I know, I know...my track record with resist felting has been checkered to say the least.
...but something told me that this project would be different, so I persevered...
...and I found some weird and bunchy variegated roving in several fish-like neutral colors among my stash...
...which I made into batts. (Tricky business with bunchy fiber, I tell ya!)
Then I used black and yellow wool to shape the markings and eye, and some pencil roving for the pun.
(Sorry about that, BTW, I couldn't help myself!) Grin.
When it was good and felted, I cut a small slit in the backside and pulled out the resist.
I finished felting it (hard, since it will see some use), and let it dry...
...then stuffed it with some wonky wool roving that I had on hand (more of the bunchy stuff and some weird black alpaca)...
...and then 'Frankenstein-stitched' up the hole...trying to mask it a bit with my wooden nametag.
I hope he appreciates the joke! :)