Yesterday was a busy day. I like that. I felt as if I was getting back on track and really accomplishing something. I didn't get to do the final photos of the new five candle tray patterns, but I did work on the three additional ornament sets that I will also be including in the next site update. (We are thinking either Sunday or Monday we will send out a newsletter.) That will mean that I will have a total of eight new scroll saw patterns to post. It will feel really good for me to have that many, as I know when I spread myself out to other things and take on huge projects like the carousel, I sometimes feel bad that I am not adding more every two weeks with the new updates.
I got things laid out and began cutting all the ornaments from the new sets. I like them and I think they are pretty cool, and they will kind of go along with the tray them of what I call "classic fretwork." I find that creating things in sets this way is really very productive. I hope you all agree.
I should have some photos tomorrow for you, as I plan to finish cutting the sets today. Then I will get the patterns done up over the weekend. It sounds like a good plan anyway.
In the evenings, I have been working on some new things that I guess could be called "mixed media". You all know how much I have enjoyed rediscovering sewing and embroidering, and now I feel that I have some cool ideas to take this type of crafting to a new level. As I mentioned before, I am toying with the idea of creating pattern kits for some projects that are for the most part hand sewing and embroidery. Not only are these fun to do, but very relaxing as well. I received such a nice response from my octopus ornament/pin that I decided to do more pieces along that line.
Last night, I finished a cool Steampunk Crow Sculpture.
While this little guy didn't take too long to do, it really had me thinking. I love the challenge of getting the pieces to go together and everything to 'work'.
His body is created using beautiful black linen fabric, lined with 100% wool felt. He is completely hand-stitched using the amazing hand-dyed Valdani threads that I recently purchased. After the last fiasco and delay from purchasing my supplies from South Africa, I am afraid that I began looking for other, more reliable sources here in North America. Valdani is located in Alberta, Canada and when I order, I get my supplies in a couple of days. Their materials are beautifully hand-dyed and they have high quality silks and cottons that are amazing. If I had the idea of wanted to supply kits, I needed a reliable source for purchasing the materials.
The 'rivets' along the crow's wings are hot-fix nailheads that I purchased from Rhinestone Canada. I knew when I saw them that I would have loads of uses for them – especially with my love of Steampunk themed designs. The hot-fix pieces really stick great to fabric – probably better than they do to wood – and they make my crow look awesome, don't they? His feet are made of a wire armeature and he has a necklace of three metal keys.
His top hat is also made of 100% black wool. It is double layered and the section cut out reveals some real metal watch gears underneath. The hat band is hand-dyed silk ribbon, and I also dyed a piece of ribbon brown/black for the brown rose embellishment. His eyes are glass buttons.
He is about six to seven inches tall, and sits in the palm of my hand. I love all the dimension and textures that he has. He is really 'fluffy' looking in person!
I think he will go well with my Steampunk theme. I have him here pictured with the rusty gear candle trays that I created in the background and he looks awesome!
I hope you like him, too!
I am not sure if there would be interest in kits or patterns for this type of design, but I may as well try. I haven't seen any around and I think that perhaps it is a market that is still somewhat untapped. Since the pieces are on the small size, it is easy to assemble all-inclusive kits so people don't have to chase around or invest a lot. We will just have to see . . .
In the mean time, I am having fun. After looking at him a bit this morning, I am thinking I can use him for a model for a painting pattern. That would be fun, too. I suppose there is always a way to justify something like this. Since I do this on my own 'down time', I don't look for things to have to pay off for me. Seeing the finished project is payment enough. Anything beyond that is a bonus.
I wish you all a great day today. All day yesterday I was thinking it was Saturday, as we had a holiday here in Canada. I guess it is only really Thursday, so we still have some time to go before the weekend. Lots to do and so much fun to have!
Have a wonderful and happy day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"