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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Very Social Nautilus on: March 30, 2019 08:20:09 PM
We've heard about hermit crabs.  Now meet a very social Nautilus. Proudly strutting out to a conga beat on the ocean floor, this glorious crustacean is loud and proud.

I designed this shell-fish to inhabit the same sea as my furry octopus. They feel like they should hang out. It is about 28cm long and the shell circumference is about 17cm. The legs are designed to be able to be posed. I used a single long funnel shape for the shell, with a few darts to give it shape.  I blanket stitched some nice bright pint ric rac felt on to give stripes (I have been looking for a way to use this wacky shaped felt). I wired the funnel and this helped the shell to curve nicely.

This was a nice quick project, but fun!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Furry Blue Octopus on: March 19, 2019 12:25:11 PM
Thanks everyone for saying such nice things (blush).

The fur shapes were time consuming to chop out because each one has a little tear drop hole down on end BUT the nice thing is that I kept all of those liitle bits I cut out and now I have lots of fur ready for my next mini  sized critter
(Stay tuned.....)
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Furry Blue Octopus on: March 15, 2019 06:23:50 PM
OOOPS sorry Artsycandice (and Crafty Little Monkey).  I should use my glasses when I type perhaps  Smiley
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Furry Blue Octopus on: March 15, 2019 06:12:54 PM
A while ago, I was inspired by Crafty Little Monkeys Bendable Octopus arms tutorial.  I loved this amazing creation and felt I could pump up the volume on it to Eleven Grin
The result has arrived.

I worked in felt over wire and blanket stitched the edges.  I then made (soooooo) many little fur shapes and stitched those on.  I could have glued, but I like the way the stitched ones can be moved and flow nicely.

Each of the Cephalopods arms are 41 cm long (about 16 inches) and the head is 25cm tall (about 10 inches) so I guess the diameter would be about 132cm (about 52 inches).  I guess there are about 120 furry pieces on each leg and several hundred more on the mid section and head so maybe 1200 furry pieces in 3 colours - yellow, pale blue and sea green. It took a while but all the best things in life do Wink

When I get around to it I will add some of the step photos and instructions kind of taking over form where the amazing Crafty Little Monkey left off.  I am also going to add some other desert dwelling marine life (this could be the future) and make a diorama.  Stay tuned....

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Bendable Octopus Arms - Tutorial - Image Heavy on: February 12, 2019 01:22:54 AM
I am so impressed  I've started on my own. Thanks for the awesome inspiration and instructions. 
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Trilobite on: February 07, 2019 01:07:04 AM
Magnificent interpretation of a challenging subject.  Getting the feeling og stone is really hard but you madeit look easy!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Stumpwork Dark Woods Owl Hooplah on: February 07, 2019 01:03:05 AM
[I can't take my eyes off it Grin Honestly, you are very skilled. I love those wonderful wings.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jenny Kee inspired opalescent beetle - an aussie fashion icon as insect on: February 04, 2019 03:13:51 AM
This is my newly completed second beetle in a series to celebrate the artists who made the images I remember from the 1980's in Australia.  Jenny Kee is an Australian fashion designer famous for her bold knits, vibrant opal patterns and super red glasses.  I have tried to capture her essence in this insect with it's floral friend.  This bug is 35cm tall (about 14 inches) and is made in the sames vein as my first insect, using materials easily accessible in a bargain store - this time felt, wire, embroidery thread, and an ENORMOUS number of sequins.  I went crazy with these because if you are going to add sparkle, you gotta pump the dial right up to 11!

I hadn't used sequins in embroidery before, and I didn't really get a good flow until near the end (the small flat one's are way easier to use than those dish shaped one's). 

Because most of the color on the beetle itself is on the back, I felt it needed more pop, so a matching Jenny inspired flower, mirroring her glasses, was necessary.  I gave it leaf-limbs you can pose, and really loud pink eye-shadow (well, it is the 1980's).
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Difference between crafts and art on: February 03, 2019 01:29:55 AM
Thanks BeaG, That's a good way of looking at it  Smiley
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Difference between crafts and art on: February 02, 2019 11:35:01 PM
I know this is an OLD thread but it captures my quandary right now and I am hoping for an up to date perspective. I want to enter a local art award with some giant bugs inspired by artists that I have created but I'm worried people will think I'm just a nutty toy maker. To me, my work has meaning  and I'm trying new techniques all the time to get the look.  Part of the work I have in mind is my Ken Done bug plus another 2 (I'll post about it later in the week when I've got photos ) if it helps to visualize or else just your general feelings about art v craft would be wonderful .  Am I mad for valuing the skill of craft but wanting to place it artistically.  I create to push my boundaries and incite emotions  (usually happiness ). But if something looks like its for kids won't "serious" artists poo poo it.
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