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Friday, February 13, 2009

Scarecrow & Scraps

A while back, I posted images of the Patchwork Girl I made from a couple vintage quilt squares. Since then, I decided to give it another try, making a few changes, and this time creating the patchwork myself from new fabrics which would be much sturdier than the vintage material. Overall, she turned out pretty well, and is much sturdier than my first attempt!

When I posted pictures of the first Scraps, it was suggested that I try making a Scarecrow figure as a companion — so I've given it a shot. His head is basically a painted sack, and raffia has stood in for straw. There are a few things I'd do differently, (he's a little on the thin side), and I've already started on another variation, but he didn't turn out too badly.

It is fun to see these creatures in three dimensions and made as described in the Oz books (more or less). They have an eerie quality that I really didn't expect, and, due to their cheerful personalities in the books, don't personally tend to associate with the characters. I'll have to try another celebrity, possibly the Tin Woodman or Jack Pumpkinhead!

7 comments:

Jared said...

Nice work! And a nice thing to see on Valentine's Day. Plus, I'm re-reading "The Patchwork Girl of Oz."

Nathan said...

Yeah, those are really neat!

Angelo said...

I don't visit this blog often, but great job!

oznickolaus said...

I love these! Did you create a pattern for these? I would love to purchase a copy and make a pair myself! I made a Jack Pumpkinhead to go in an Oz Christmas display a few years ago. The display didn't actually happen, so I didn't get to use him until this year for the first time. I'm posting pics on my blog today...

Bill Campbell said...

I did create a pattern to make these, but quite honestly the majority of the work was done by winging it and I don't think the pattern pieces are necessarily of much use! I like your Jack Pumpkinhead, that's a character I've been thinking about doing up next - if I get him done, I'll post him.

Charlie Dale said...

These are fantsastic have you thought of making another pair and offering them for sale?

Bill Campbell said...

Thanks! I have started another set, the biggest problem is that they take quite a bit of time. What with having to actually make the fabric for Scraps, etc. I'm afraid I don't move too quickly on them - Consequently, they aren't terribly feasible for selling.