|Tricks of the Trade|
Last week I promised you a Process Blog, and this week I make good on that promise. As I've mentioned before, I make bibs for people when they have babies. And since my brother's firstborn is due in less than a month, I figured I'd better get started on the bib for my newest nephew.
It starts, as these things do, with an idea (Yes, I've been planning this since August. Sometimes I am slow.) Once I know what illustration I want to use, I freehand it onto the bib using an air-erase marker:
|There is a reason for the patch. A darkly humorous reason.|
Here is an idea of how long the actual stitching takes me:
|80 minutes in|
|160 minutes in|
|240 minutes in (yes, that's four hours, and not consecutive because I'd go blind.)|
Now at this point I knew I wanted a vegetable next to the bunny. Originally I'd sketched in a carrot (you can just barely make it out in the 80 minutes in shot), but it seemed to me that you don't have to be particularly brave to try a carrot. A radish, on the other hand...
|Notice there is no trace of the carrot I'd drawn the day before. Air eraseable marker, you are THE AWESOMEST.|
|This is how much thread I used to do those two little green leaves. It is also how much thread it ended up taking me to do the last, large leaf.|
All in all, it took me six hours (360 minutes) to finish, which isn't so bad.
|The compass star is to guide brave little bunnies home again.|
|The backside. Not the messiest I've ever done, but I'm sure I could be cleaner, given more time and practice.|
|My handsome modeling cat.|