Well, Blog, today we have a very big and exciting announcement to make! (Well, big and exciting in our world...it’s not like it’s as big as when the pickle got more Facebook friends than Nickelback.) Here it is:
Herbert G is finished! As we will reveal below....
Finished in a good way, not like when Quinn was finished with the Cheerios. (“Glee” reference, people.) Finished as in ready to be introduced to the world, and here he is.
Herbert G is my creation and he is a stitchpunk doll. Stitchpunk is NOT my creation, it was invented by Shane Ackers, whose movie “9” was the inspiration for his half-steampunk / half Raggedy Andy look. I saw “9” nine days ago and not only was it a cool movie, but it created a whole new kind of character. Little 9 and his gang of stitchpunk friends (1 through 8) just begged to be given companions by crafters like me everywhere.
I could see this was an opportunity to combine two of my crafting hobbies in one awesome project. Didn’t hurt that it was a variation on steampunk, that Victorian-slash-industrial-slash-Gothic look that I’ve employed in past jewelry projects. So, I got out both my Rolling Cart o’ Polymer Clay Supplies and my Non-Rolling Cart o’ Needlecraft Supplies, as well as my sketchpad since I had no model or pattern except movie stills from the Web, and set to.
Sixteen hours of work later, Herbert G (named after H.G. Wells) is ready for adventures with the cats who “helped” me make him. Hopefully nothing like with the Cat-Beast thing in the movie, though. That thing is too scary for human kids, much less foot tall stitchpunks like Herbert.
I must confess, Blog, I’m really, really happy with how this project turned out. Particularly with the eyes, which IMHO are the closest thing to faithful to the original stitchpunk eyes that has yet been accomplished (at least according to my internet research). And also with the cool-looking base fitted with magnetic snaps that hold onto Herbert’s boots, a concept I invented that I’m sure I will use again sometime. Perhaps for the noses of kissing magnetic pigs?
For those interested in more detail about the creation of Herbert G, or in seeing more photos, please visit my new and super special “My Stitchpunk Doll” page on my website.
What next? Well, I got a very cool book on making beautiful cloth costumed dolls, and I have fabric left over from my fairy Halloween costume, so hmmmm, Blog....