Saturday, 30 August 2014

Bertie gets his close up


Good morning ladies and gentlemen.  Am I glad it's Saturday!  It's been a long, hard week, well it feels like it, despite Monday being a bank holiday and Thursday being a day of annual leave (bead class, more later...), I still feel like I've had a full week at work.

Wednesday night saw me staying up late watching My 3 Wives (LOVE it, love My 3 Wives, My 4 Wives (also called Sister Wives), My 5 Wives, Breaking the Faith... anyone know of anymore?) and sewing the final stitches in my August A Lovely Year of Finishes goal.



I bought this bunny pattern at Harrogate last year, along with an FQ of cream fleece which I thought would do nicely.  It did do nicely.



I showed you these photos in my WIP post this week and so many people seemed to think I was talking about the pin cushion as my WIP.  I didn't make that pin cushion!  It was made by the lovely Katherine and is in the photo as I was using it at the time.  No, I was showing you these arms.



I know at least one person guessed correctly that these were clothes for a bunny.



and here she is in her clothes.  She has aquarium gravel in her base to help her stand up.  The dress is made from a FQ I found in my drawer. No idea where it came from, it wouldn't be my usual style so I probably bought it because I liked it, but this was the perfect use for it.  I paired it with some blue wool felt, embroidered with white Perle cotton size 8.


I added a small Broderie Anglaise trim to the bottom of her skirt which I think just adds the right amount of prettiness.


I put off embroidering her face and adding the black beads for eyes as I was scared I'd mess it up.  I actually think I did a good job, I prefer her face to the one in the example photo.  Oh, and I haven't called her Melody, I've called her Belinda.  No idea why other than I had a beloved doll call Belinda as a child, handmade by my grandma I think.


Embroidering the pattern on her jacket and trying to get it symmetrical on each side was not easy and I'm not sure I succeeded, but who's going to notice?  (Apart from the fact I'll likely point it out to everyone!)


This is Bertie.  I found myself talking to Bertie quite a lot whilst embroidering the flowers and finishing the garland.  I'm a little bit in love with him.  


He sits in this egg.  I really don't know why.  Mr CA pointed out that rabbits don't come out of eggs, which I knew.  Maybe this is an Easter bunny, but bunnies are for life (or approx 10-12 years), not just for Easter, so Belinda and Bertie will live on my mantle piece year round.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is not only my ALYOF goal for the month, but also my second FAL finish for the quarter (technically 3rd, but I haven't shown you the 2nd yet so we'll renumber them).  Two (or three) out of 12, wow, going great guns over here!



Linking up here:
Fresh Sewing Day

My ButtonFinish Along 2014  

Here's my FAL Q3 goal-setting post
Here's my ALYOF goal-setting post




17 comments:

Oops-Lah said...

Oh what a cutie and made with so much love and care!

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Belinda is adorable, Wendy. Love all the ever so neat hand stitching. And that blue jacket matches so well with her dress.

Chrissie said...

Great bunny, a really fun make. It's funny about faces as I find no two are alike even though you do the same technique, but then that's nice as they all have their own character.

Jacqueline said...

He is a very cute bunny!

Sarah in Stitches said...

I love Belinda! She looks amazing, great job! :D

Katherine said...

So many lovely details on this sweet bunny, Wendy! She's adorable.

Rachel said...

Belinda and Bertie turned out really well. You did a good job with the face, too!

CeLynn said...

Belinda is adorable,as is Bertie of course! The FQ you used for the dress is perfect,and the little jacket/coat coordinates nicely. Your stitching looks marvelous to me! The close up photos are also great,they show off the detail perfectly.
Congratulations on your finish!

Jane Galley said...

Well done, Wendy, she is adorable, love her

Celtic Thistle said...

What a great finish Wendy! The embroidery on the jacket looks wonderful from here :)

Fiona said...

Belinda and Bertie are just gorgeous... lots of fiddly diddly work in there ....
Hugz

Cheryl said...

This bunny is just too cute! I love all of the details you added with embroidery, just adorable.

margaret said...

your bunny looks super, thought of you at the weekend when I saw bunny kits at the Harrogate quilt show

Jo Ferguson said...

Belinda and Bertie are adorable...beautiful...and enchanting. I love your colour choices and the delicate embroidery. Congrats on the finish!

Lorna McMahon said...

Belinda and Bertie are both simply adorable! What a lovely job you've done with all that hand work and embroidery. Thanks so much for sharing!

my way of... said...

Aww they are so sweet and so many details, you did a great job

Janine said...

This is wonderful - beautifully made :)