Sunday, August 8, 2010

I was going to tell you so many things tonight but you know how when you go out to a buffet or a potluck and it all looks so wonderful and delicious and you try to eat just a little bit of everything but it quickly multiplies and suddenly you're wishing you had worn your stretchy pants? That's what this weekend has been like. Too full. Almost uncomfortably so. I had to take a two hour nap this afternoon to recover but cancelled it out by waking up and going to an impromptu mini family reunion followed by a friend's birthday party.

So I'm beat but I cannot rest until I show you my latest felty creation. My friend Hannah - proud owner of the Richard Simmons Stocking - commissioned me to make a Macbook cover for a friend:

Yeah, it's Gandalf.
I was giddy with excitement when she asked. I love commission work, mostly because it gives me license to wear a beret and a sour expression and tell people that I'm a paid artist. But also because I love making new things that I wouldn't necessarily come up with myself.
Some details:
I wasn't sure how I was going to make the closures so I ended up wandering the notions section of Joannes and came across these clasps. Genius!

And please note that I used ring fabric to line it. Because I'm super artsy and clever like that.
I made it with just the measurements so I was a bit nervous when Hannah came over for a fitting...after it was already sewn together. But it fit like a dream. Angels may have been singing when it went in. Or maybe that was me and Hannah.

Wait til you see what Hannah has commissioned for herself. She has the vision.


Rach said...

That is fabbity fab fab! I'm racking my brain for a good commission to give you for me. I'll let you know when lightning strikes my brain.

Hannah said...

Ever since I picked it up, I carry it with me everywhere, because I want the world to know! I'm practically bursting at the seams from the awesomeness...I'm a little concerned about the part where I will actually have to give him away, and then we will be apart. But I suppose, so do all who live to see such times. All we can do is decide what to do with the time that is given us with felt Gandalf.