Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Meet my new friend...

Dominicus for short.
"Howdy folks! "
" It was jolly good of you to follow along in my 'Making'."
"I appreciated the Mistress giving me substantial tootsies... and strong legs. I
can hop just about anywhere I wish to travel!"
The mistress has grown rather fond of me, and is thinking, maybe, I should
stay here... In Hopalong Hollow with her. "

  But I am a traveling man...er bun .

And I am off and away!

 I've been adopted...
That's right.!
 I will be leaving the Hollow on Monday....
 Thank you Susan!

 "My sibling, Verity Peavine is now up on the Marketplace site."

Friday, October 14, 2016

Final touches on "the bun"

Today I finished the Back Pack...
I used green strips of leather for the straps and attached a little buckle from an old wrist-watch on the front to secure to his waist.

I had needle-felted all these vegetables to use in his basket-pack...
and then decided against it. 
His pack was too deep to do justice to the veges.. they would not be easily seen or appreciated.
Instead, we chose these:
The acorns have a golden hue, just like the ones on his vest.
In this case, the caps are real, the nuts are not. We certainly do not want little bugs making their way into the acorns.
Next he needed a cap, a green one.
None of my green wool was compatible with the color of the vest.
 As gorgeous as these greens are, I want  a shade that's a bit closer to the fabric.

 That's when a wool carder comes in handy
 You can combine the wool colors on the carder and "WALLAH"!
a much closer match.
A needle-felted derby
 with a feather...or two,
makes a gentleman feel rather dapper.
Last but not least; whiskers and a tail... and I nearly DID forget that tail.
 He is finished and has a fine name...
He will introduce his fine self tomorrow at the online show. 
 I spent around 35 hours on this fella. We artists and crafts-folk often have the most difficultly in knowing what to charge for our work. Many of you know what I mean.
Here is what I take into consideration: Hours, material costs and professionalism.
Hours are self explanatory, how much do you think you should be paid for your time?
 Material costs: In my case, these include; armature,threads, stuffing, fabrics,glass eyes and wool, Vintage millinery, and Mohair.   Much of my wool is free because I have sheep...but I still have to shear the sheep and clean the wool.Mohair is unbelievably expensive, up to $150 per yard. Most of my other materials are fairly reasonable.
Professionalism: By this I mean, the years spent perfecting ones art. When I was a new artist, I did not charge nearly what I do now, for any of my work; that includes painting, paper-cutting,and stitchery. But after spending over 30 years as an artist, one has earned at least a little clout... maybe even a little respect as an artist, (at least one hopes)
With all that said, I've yet to settle on a price...( I told you it was difficult!)
I honestly do not know if he will sell, as this online show is a new venture for the group. 
If he doesn't sell, I am fine with it, frankly, I'd like to keep him around for awhile!
 Please check in again tomorrow, Saturday at 10:00 at the Early American Folk Art and trades Marketplace here:
 You can meet the Un-named bun in his entirety and learn his most excellent name.
Thanks to all of you for joining in the birth of a bun!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

day 5 on mr bun...

 The un-named bun had his vest fitting today....
 I've had this cute, very soft fabric for years...
It has funny little acorn faces and yellow dots.
But before  his fitting, I had to remove about 4 inches of stitching down his back to fix his right arm which, I discovered, was slightly off kilter. Thus his entire arm joint had to be replaced in order to move that arm only 1/2" lower.

Afterwards, I was able to get the vest to fit properly.

  I am making him a back pack using an old straw hat.

Civil War bone buttons are used for his vest.
 Tomorrow, I will give him whiskers, a derby, and an ascot.
Then he and I will fill that back-pack with something yummy.
  OH! He needs a tail! I nearly forgot...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Day 4 on the Bun , making legs

This process takes many hours.
 I shape an armature with coated wire and wrap with sheep's wool.
 This becomes my bone, muscle and sinew.
The fur is created with the needles and the wool.
 After poking the wool about a gazillion times with the barbed needles, the form of the feet and legs develops.
  I add more fur, stitching Mohair into the wool with needle and thread.
He is not ready to hop away, just yet....

 Tomorrow I can attach his strong legs to hold up the rather stout and hefty body.

 He is a much larger bun than I anticipated... I mean really big, about 15" to the top of his head once those legs are attached.
 Hey, thanks for following along!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Day 3 on the Rust colored Bun...

 Here is some work from today on 
the "un-named Bun"
 Long woolen ears...

 Armature for moveable arms covered in Sophia's lovely cleaned wool.
Ears are attached with needle and thread.
   An articulated spine is inserted into the head.

 Fuzzy face.

Arms are being needle-felted, paws are defined.
 I'll be back tomorrow with more!

Monday, October 10, 2016

One bun a week....

 I began the week
with a table full of bits and pieces,
 (meant to BECOME fine little individuals).

 I want someone really special to sell at the online show this coming Saturday,
Early American folk art and Trades Marketplace

 I'm settling on this wiry little rust colored bun to finish up in time for the show.
 Each day, for the rest of the week, I will show you how he is coming along... And then, On Saturday, his TRUE self will be revealed on the Marketplace website.
See my post below for the full details of this online show.
Cheers! Jeri

Friday, October 7, 2016

Online event for lovers of Traditional Folk arts and Crafts... 50 artists!

Please hop over to the Early American Folk Arts and Trades Marketplace to  see a preview of the online show which will take place on Oct. 15th and 16th.
 There will be over 50 artists participating with some wonderful traditional work for sale:
Here is the link. Note, this is only a preview of some of the artists work.

The variety in work will be marvelous for those who love real folkart: Braided and hooked rugs, fine handmade furniture, floorcloths, redware pottery,bandboxes, shaker boxes, carvings, traditional dolls, quiltwork, samplers, trampwork and much much more.

I've been quite busy with show prep over the last 2 weeks for my November shows.
That's why I haven't been posting here much.
   Had to put my paints aside for the fiber-work.
 I'm not sure what items I will be putting in the online show. We can only list one thing at a time. When that item sells, we can list something else.
 So what do ya think? A bird, sheep or mouse pincushion?
A rabbit?
Hmmmmm... I just don't know.
 If you like folk art, please be sure to mark your calendar for Oct 15th and follow the link I Will provide on that day.