There's a scene in every Victorian BBC production in which the dinner party retires in the drawing room and listens to someone read. The ladies sometimes do needlepoint, pointed looks are exchanged, etc. I'm thinking specifically of the scene in Sense and Sensibility in which Kate Winslet's Marianne berates Hugh Grant's Edward for not reading with feeling.
That was pretty much the scene this past Sunday, except that my friend and I were making felt fire flowers from Super Mario, the reading was from a Spinjitsu manual performed by a six-year-old, and he kept giving us harsh looks for not listening. But still, pretty classy.
My youngest tapped out after dinner - he tried so hard to stay awake, but it was hopeless after he shunned an afternoon nap (and who does that??!?). We cleared the fajitas and brought out the felt, which I'd precut in folded batches that morning. This template from B4A Studios is fantastic, and if you're like me and don't like downloading programs, you can copy-paste it into a document and it still works well:
As I noted while making my Donald Duck cozies, cutting two layers of felt with each template piece makes things so much easier. Needles loaded, we used the following photo-tutorial from Oliver Rabbit to learn the whip stitch used throughout the piece.
We also ran a running stitch through the stem and the flower before stuffing and closing the bloom. The batting inside the stem and bloom is Warm and Natural brand cotton quilt batting, in two layers, which can be washed without bunching up.
Such a fun project! It had a few stitches to learn, but it was otherwise a relaxing time with a high-impact result. Mine is going to be part of the oldest's Halloween costume, if I can find it after the boys spend a month chasing each other with it.
On Saturday, Son One gave me a plushie challenge while we were at Michael's getting supplies for my Sunday crafter-noon. He decided to draw a Super Mario figure for me to turn into felt.
I first made a copy to keep from cutting out the original. Then, using each colored segment as my template, I cut out my felt pieces.
When it was time to sew the pieces together, I wished that I had left some tabs at the joins to insert into the sections; it would have been much easier to sew together. I ended up making a running stitch to lightly anchor the pieces, then whip-stitching above the running stitch.
Now my oldest says he's going to sell it for $5.99 at his future store. I'd hate to have to buy my own piece back, but he's not really getting the whole supply and demand thing. Do they not teach economics in first grade?
Although he's not yet learned the art of self-promotion, my youngest is developing a mean scribble.