I’m having a little shop update Monday (12/17 – 2pm ny time), you’ve already seen some of the new things- toadstools and little owls – and there are a couple new ships as well. One is paper mache:
And the other is made from an antique quilt fragment – pretty grays and lilac.
Both have little owl captains.
There is also a new dark toadstool with a little teal owl perched underneath- both made from turn of the century garments.
The new things will be available in the shop on Monday- 12/17 at 2 pm (new york time).
(special thanks to oscar the cat – you really nailed it oscar )
Find the sewing pattern to make your own little owls here.
Mr. Knickers is made from this pair of wonderful dark and tweedy woolen knickers:
The wool has tiny flecks of purple and green and I used my antique swim bloomers as well as bits of lace and antique glass buttons for eyes. The Mr. N pictured above is the first of a very small numbered edition – 1 and 2 are available now and more soon – as many as the knickers allow – I’m hoping for at least two more.
A long time ago, way back in 2010 I visited the Fortuny showroom here in NYC to talk about making some creatures with their exquisite fabrics. There have been fits and starts and interruptions in the process but lately solid progress has been made towards creating a full collection of creatures that will be available beginning this fall.
Working with patterns, large scale patterns, has challenged how I think about my owls in particular and some interesting things are happening.
More progress photos soon as well as information on where and when things will be available.
I’ve started several new owls including the two robust grey fellows below. The owl on the left is made from a silvery Fortuny pattern and the other from marvelous Japanese textiles courtesy of Sri.
I have also gathered a little pile of things for another fabric ship and owl captain – a moodier pallet than the last – I love the purplish tones – those are for the ship and the indigos are for the little captain. These are all Japanese and again courtesy of Sri. These are the colors I’ve been most attracted to for weeks now – silver, stone shades, and bits of violets and blues
I finished the quilt ship but I haven’t taken it’s official photo yet, this is an instagram shot of the very nearly finished ship and captain.
I’ve just added some new owls and spiders to the shop:
queen elizabeth II spider
green perching owl
(there are some others too)
A new owl I’m working on:
I named him for a nice man who sold me tires a couple weeks ago. I’ve been working on him forever and he’ll finally be finished tomorrow.
There were ferocious thunderstorms on Tuesday – this is a photo of a thunderstorm gathering over a little pond upstate. I wish I had my big camera with me – It was spectacular:
I’m also working on new little boats made from quilt scraps and getting ready for my boat making class at squam next week. You can find the pattern to make your own stitched sailboat here.
* thanks for the helpful comments regarding the grey hair situation. I’m interested in hearing about other peoples experience with this. Mine is in a particularly bizarre two tone moment but I’m sticking with it.
I’ve added a little collection of spring birds and 2 new owls to the shop today.
The dark things collection begins appearing today with owls. ( I don’t trust the little one on the right).
The next updates will be this Wednesday and Friday – there will be spiders and bats and some suprises.
Please join my mailing list if you would like to be notified when new things are available and check back here for previews of the dark things collection ( available on October 31st).
I’ve just added some new bats, perching owls and songbirds to the shop.
A new owl shape. He’s made from a variety of antique garments and his eyes are antique faceted glass buttons. (please join my mailing list if you would like to be notified when perching owls are available in my shop )
You can see the beginning of the thought for him (and a couple other projects) in pages from an old notebook here (click the image for a larger version).