Sunday, January 19, 2020

Quiet Book Snowman Page and Accessories

An update of the art world on the table of family projects. I helped design a few things for this snowman quiet page, Mom and I working on parts of it in a rush against winter. Though not a Christmas gift as originally intended, it still ended up being a winter gift for my niece.

Different kinds of soft felt were used, sparkly, puffy, thick. Then patterned fabric, embroidery floss, and little buttons also became part of the cute little outfits.
This project allowed exploration of some different embroidery stitch techniques. I experimented in doing different kinds of snowflakes on the blue background of the base page.
Using metallic and satin thread, I also designed and sewed this detailed train cart scarf to go with the conductors hat. My niece likes trains, I was hoping this might interest her.
Conductors hat, gray mits, and stick arms. The stick arms had the thin ends, so military velcro was used to back the entire thing. This was done to each of them after I suggested it.
Hand stitched coal buttons and different stick arms. My niece wanted the stick arms to be legs when she got the page.
Mom designed four different faces, two girly ones, and two boy ones.
Conductor's vest and hat together. 
Sparkly striped, gray and black fabric was used, and some double sided metal star brads for buttons.
The red elf hat. Two types of red fabric were used, a gold bell was sewn to the hat, sparkly white felt trimmed the hat's brow, and Mom tried some little fringe embroidery techniques on the ends of the scarf.
Frosty's traditional top hat with a little glued snowflake on metallic trim (snowflake was originally a miniature ornament). 
Snowman vest was made from snowman print fabric with sparkly glitter snow, finished with a couple of white buttons. We have some leftover of the material, which is something I look forward to using in a different project (possibly a vintage style mini doll dress).
Snugly muff hat with abstract snowflake scarf. The muff hat got a little pom pom added to the top, and I helped Mom make the little braided pulls on the ends of the ear flaps.

She had worked on this hat while sitting at the Lucky Cup (a coffee place) a few times, that's where I helped braid the thread into ties.

Mom also made the scarf as something quick, with no specific design in mind. This resulted in a cross stitch snowflake pattern.
Getting into the girly outfits, this one is the best. "Loving Winter", a jacket, mits, and hat all perfectly matching. The little blue heart buttons were a very specific thing Mom sought out at Joann's to complete the jacket.
I worked on this crazy fur collar using a certain embroidery technique online. It was a good way to explore and practice something new. It involved making many loops, and then snipping, trimming, and fluffing the threads till they looked somewhat like fur.

I thought how this technique would be great to try on some miniatures and doll outfits.
Another pom pom found its way on this blue hat, along with some sparkly white felt trim for the brow. This outfit looked like something Mom would wear.
Winter Garden lady.
Mom experimented with making this cream and pink scarf using another weaving technique of embroidery she found instructions for on Youtube. Turned out pretty well.
The snow lady got herself a little gray garden hat with a matching snowflake to go with Frosty's top hat.
Bubblegum winter accessories.
A pink hat and pink mittens were made for the smiling snow lady. In this specific case the hat's fabric pattern reminded me of chewing gum strips, and the happy face kind of looked like she was chewing gum.
Red Floral Winter.
 
The final matching set of clothes for the snow lady, all reds and whites. Mom had done some final exploration of a few more embroidery techniques to create something that looked woven and knitted. The flower like tufted top was originally meant to be snipped and fluffed, but in this case looked better to us as a flower like thing.

Little white buttons were added to the jacket, which during the crafting stages started off with a plain white, scalloped edge collar. It wasn't popping very well, blending in too much with the red material, till I added some little red French knots on the scallops. They kind of reminded me of berries or something, just a touch of color to pull it all together.

The red mittens worked for many of the outfits, all of which were stored in a couple of blue polka dot zip pouches found at Dollar Tree.