The new day found Lady G and Little Doll sitting on the edge of the work table where the completed garden sat, with the early morning sunshine coming in the window, waiting patiently for me to wake up, get dressed, have my coffee and find my way to the studio. They knew my habits by now of course and were aware that I was not at my best until after I had time to wake up and drink my coffee. :<) I had told them that today we would begin a new project - one that I thought they both would enjoy being a part of.
"Good Morning ladies!" I said, "how are you today?" "We are fine, thank you" said Lady G, "did you sleep well?" Before I could answer her, Little Doll said, "We hope so, as we have been waiting quietly for quite some time now so as not to wake you so that when you came into the studio you would be well rested and ready to start the new project!" "Oh Little Doll!" said Lady G, "We musn't ask for her to show it to us before we have said our good mornings! That would be rude!" I smiled and said, "That's fine Lady G, I understand the excitement and yes I am well rested, Little Doll and ready to show you and Lady G the surprise project I have for you!"
So I lay the paper pattern pieces, which I had cut out the night before in preparation for today so I could begin right away, onto the fabric and drew around them with a pen. Next I pinned the pieces together that were to be sewn. "There are so many pieces!" said Little Doll. "How do you know which ones to sew together?" "There are instructions with the pattern" I told her as I showed them the instuction sheets, "and they tell me what steps to take in making this cat." "Fascinating!" said Lady G.
"But I think that I would prefer to sit on the bench and watch" said Lady G, "That way I will stay out of the area you will be working in." So I helped Lady G to the bench and making sure that she was comfortable with dove on her lap, I asked Little Doll. "Would you like to sit with Lady G on the bench?" Little Doll shook her head. "I would like to stay here if I may" said Little Doll, "I find this so interesting and it is as if I already know this cat. I can't explain why, I just feel like I do." "That will be fine" I said, "there is plenty of room to work around you." "Thank you." said Little Doll as she sat staring at the pattern photo. So I continued my cutting and pinning and sewing while Lady G and dove watched from where they were sitting on the bench and Little Doll sat by the pattern on the work table, totally taken by the photo and observing and questioning each and every detail of the cat's construction.
This is the bottom of the body. When I was finished sewing it, I stuffed it wiith a polyester fiberfill. Both Lady G and Little Doll were quite amazed at this process and how the cat body now seemed to come to life once it was stuffed. Very little was said as they watched me work except to comment on how much fiberfill it was taking to stuff the body. "It takes a great amount of fiberfill." I said, "The rule of thumb when making a doll is to stuff it until you think nothing more can be added - then add more." I also sewed and stuffed the cat's 'feet' we shall call them. As the cat will be sitting upright, the back paws will be 'feet' and the front paws will become 'arms'. :<)
"Shall we see how he looks with his feet?" I asked them as I placed the cat's body onto the feet to see how they sat together. "My goodness!" said Lady G, "This IS going to be a very large cat! Don't you agree, Little Doll?" "Oh, let me see him up close!" said Little Doll, "He is going to be amazing!" And as I placed her next to the cat's body and feet where they sat on the ironing board, I could feel the excitement building in Little Doll. She certainly was enjoying this project!
Thanks for stopping by today!
It is so hot here in this part of WI and my small apartment with no air conditioning is like a sauna! It is now 88 degrees in here as I write this and 50% humidity. I am very happy to not be working with wool felt today! :<) Take care. Wishing you a cool place wherever you are! :<)
Tomorrow we continue creating the cat for Andrew and Little Doll becomes more and more focused and involved in the making.