Wow another 2 years before my next journal update! I've been sew(!) busy outside of the internet, that I don't really have time to post many updates anymore.
However, I decided to give a small update for a new project I've been working on for the Ripley Unconventional Art Contest
I present to you: Soft Boy!
I will give a short summary on why I chose to make this piece of soft sculpture in the deviation itself, but here, I thought I would share the making process and what exactly I do on my machine to create items like this.
HOW I CREATED SOFT BOY
Firstly, I created a template by printing out various sheets of A4 paper and sticking them together like a jigsaw. I then traced over the lines using a Sharpie marker onto a large sheet of Reynold's Freezer Paper
I ironed this paper onto my fabric underneath (which was a patchwork hodge-pogde of textures, fabrics and grey colours!)
Once the Freezer Paper was ironed on, I stitched all over the lines I'd just drawn. Sometimes for the trickier, rounded lines and letters I switched to a free-motion quilting
foot. Once all of my lines had been sewn over, I carefully tore off the Freezer Paper, picking out paper stuck under stitches with a small pin.
Once all the paper was off, it was time to decorate with stitching! You can see on the left-hand side of the photo above, that I had my free-motion quilting foot on, and I had just finished embroidering the letters on the front of the sculpture. Once different parts of the embroidery were complete, I started working on the 3D buttons.
The 3D buttons were the trickiest part to this piece and all had to be sewn onto the main structure by hand. I originally wasn't going to venture into more 3-dimensional territory, but I wanted to replicate the original as accurately as I could, so I chose to invest a little more time in them.
Once these buttons were complete, I started work on the back of the unit, adding the battery compartment, buttons to replicate screws, and the cartridge slot. I then pinned it to the sides of the console and stitched it all together.
After all of sewing was complete, it was time for stuffing! This gigantic piece took over 1kg of stuffing to fill, and took me about an hour to fill and close. I was very pleased with the end result though!
Now, where is it going to live? Any takers?