This has a really sweet story.
One of my close friends has a nephew with Autism. His name is Andrew, and he has a really sad story right now. Hopefully he will be moving up from Missouri to Alaska to live with his aunt and uncle this winter!
At any rate, the young man really could use a pick-me-up. He is very sensitive to sensory things due to his Autism, so I figured his very own Soft would be something amazing for him. to change your image viewing settings please click here
*Marked as mature, since it is real fur.
I have amassed a bunch of fur scraps over the past couple of years from some of the AK Native craft fairs where the fur sewers offer bags of their small scraps for sale. There is a good variety of different furs, but they are all odd shapes and sizes.
This time I used a size 5 glover's needle and Silamide waxed beading thread for the stitching. It worked really well.
The fur involved is rex rabbit, coyote, fox (arctic, blue, red), bobcat (including a little tail I ended up leaving loose in the middle as something 3d to play with and flip the tip a little for fun), wolf, beaver, and mink.
I decided to do something totally funky, so I made it a patchwork pillow, keeping as close to the piece shapes as I could. Sewing fur is kind of difficult, since it only goes one way and the stitcher has to be mindful of this when planning the layout.
It's not a perfect square, but I really didn't want it to be. It is backed with some very plush brown velour, and has a "tribal" style wolf paw print beaded piece on the back.
*This one isn't getting mature marked, it's the velour back with some attached bead work.
The beading is two-drop peyote, with size 15 delicas. I used the back half of a necklace pouch pattern I got from a local bead artist who teaches this technique as a class down at Alaska Bead Company in Anchorage.
The dark beads are actually a shimmery dark green, but it looks more brown or black in the photo. Quite beautiful in person against the brown.
It's a little crooked on the back since I didn't think to use a hoop to hold it perfectly centered; however, I really liked the way it looks like the wolf stepped on the pillow.
Andrew really likes it - he sent me a nice thank you email. Apparently he has carried it EVERYWHERE with him since it arrived.