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« on: July 02, 2017 06:50:12 PM »

Hi all!
I needed some kind of art project to serve as a housewarming gift for my brother and sis-in-law, and I wanted to immortalize their adorable dog. I decided to make a fabric portrait!

Here is Barley and her cheery grin.
I realize this is a hoop project, but since I didn't use any real stitches I think perhaps this is a better board for sharing.
I did use a variety of fabric scraps, and fusible interfacing to hold them together. Unfortunately I couldn't find my double-sided interfacing, so one side of each piece had to be glued in place. Ah well. The backing fabric is from an old t-shirt, and I did the eyes with a bit of fabric paint. I tossed a couple threads in for her more prominent whiskers.

Here is the image I used to figure out my separate fabric pieces:

And they loved it! Success rice! (One of my brother's catch phrases.)

Thanks for looking! And a quick question for you knowledgeable folks - do you think people would purchase portraits like this? Perhaps if I opened an etsy store? I'm always hemming and hawing over selling art or crafts, and I think this is a style that I could stand doing a bit of. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Cheers!

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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2017 04:02:49 AM »

This turned out great! I love the mix of fabrics you used, and they all come together to make a very recognizable portrait  Grin I could definitely see a market for this sort of thing on etsy. Good luck if you decide to take the plunge!

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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2017 06:02:14 AM »

This is wonderful! You really captured her! I do think there is a market for such, too.

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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2017 07:17:06 PM »

Uhhhh, Well *I* want one of these suckers! So, yes! So it!

I love you used patterned fabric (vs solids). And the double fuse would be a great product for this.

Yeah. I dig it. Good luck!

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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2017 07:29:01 PM »

Adorable! The patterns really elevate it. Etsy is a good site for pet portraits, and I don't see a lot in this style already. Maybe I could commission a few to broaden your portfolio... Cheesy

« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2017 10:30:04 AM »

Whoa! What an amazing rendition of an adorable pup!

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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2017 08:03:17 PM »

It turned out great!!

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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2017 08:35:11 AM »

I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  So adorable! 

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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2017 04:42:20 PM »

man, this makes me smile. love it. yes, i believe you would do well with an etsy. so unique.

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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2017 06:49:14 AM »

Really nice piece and I think the fabric patterns add some pizzazz while still implying fur texture.

A lot of people like having artwork of their pets, so, I agree with the others that there would likely be a market for these.  It'd probably be a good idea to work up a few more examples to show potential clients (in addition to dogs, I'd recommend doing at least one cat, and possibly a bird/rabbit/hamster/etc, to show that you can handle different pet species, to broaden interest).
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