I just won't let the distraction of home repairs stop me. I needed to hem some jeans, so I cleaned off my table and made room enough for my machine. After that sewing project, I was itching for something else, but nothing was begging to be done. I decided I would do my next favorite thing and read your blogs. My friend Diann showed some lovely quilts she and her hubs had seen recently. I don't quilt, but I do like to applique, and have been wanting to sew on paper, so I put the two together and came up with this.
I cut a sheet of watercolor paper in half (making this 6" x 9") and covered it with a bright fabric that I had cut the shape of the head out of. I didn't make a paper template, but cut everything freehand. I didn't have any spray adhesive, so I used Yes! paste to adhere the main pieces. Not the best for this, but it did work. I then cut out a mouth and basic eye shapes, and zig-zagged them down. I cut the hair from some silver brocade left from my my pirate project, and after sewing down all my pieces, I couched the details using a thin craft cord that I normally used in beading. To finish the eyes, after several experiments, I decided to cut craft foam circles and drew pupils on them. I covered the back of the picture with a piece of adhesive-backed craft foam in gray. I would rate this project fairly easy, but time consuming, as I worked about 6 hours on it.
It is, as you have probably guessed, another version in the series of "that face" that I do. I always incorporate some of my own features into these faces, that way, I don't become bogged down, thinking about colors of eyes, hair, etc. I am always so eager to start a project, that I don't spend a great amount of time on the preliminaries, I just jump right in. If I think too much, I sometimes change my mind and don't continue.
I have another project that I did and will post it later. It is a departure from my usual work and I sewed down lace and a vintage image onto it. It is so not me, that I can't decide if I like it.
Well, that's all for now. Hope you like this new piece. If you have any favorite sites on applique, or couching, please let me know. I really had fun doing this and need more inspiration.
Hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday. It's almost time to get back to the old grind. Enjoy what's left of the weekend and don't forget to be creative!