Friday, August 8, 2014

Poodle Party!

Hi Y'all, happy Friday!
Today I thought I'd share another little stitchy with you, this one a pet portrait (my first!) for a friend & co-workers birthday. The likeliness of her two boys, Griffin & Riley. These two playful poodles are the light of their mama's life so I thought it would be fun to make her a little hoop in their likeness, and what's more fun than poodles in party hats?! Nothin'!

Party Poodles by Lisa Leggett

I used some of my wool stash to make their little hats and the polka dots on them and trimmed two small craft pompoms down to about half their original size to top the hats. I also stuffed some wool roving under the party hats before I stitched them down so they'd be a little bit puffy since the rest of the portrait would have a good bit of texture.

Party Hats

I used turkey work stitching for the tops of their big poofy heads. This was the first time I've ever used this stitch on a project and oh my gosh, I love it. It's a little fiddly but really fun!

Side view of Griffin - Party Poodles by Lisa Leggett

As you can see the turkey work does stand up nicely off of the fabric.

Side view of Riley - Party Poodles by Lisa Leggett

I used big French knots for that curly texture on the boys' soft, floppy ears to great effect, what's more, I think that the perle cotton that I stitched them with enhanced the texture even further.

Griffin the Party Poodle by Lisa Leggett

This is Griffin.

Riley the Party Poodle by Lisa Leggett

And this is Riley, such cute brudders!

Party Poodles by Lisa Leggett

I enjoyed making this piece, I think it's really unlike anything else I've ever done before which is cool, and dang it, it's cute!

Now I want to stitch ALL THE DOGS. ALL OF THEM.
Kitties too. I love animals! Animals are awesome.

So what'cha up to this weekend, folks? You DO know that Outlander is premiering on Starz tomorrow night, riiight? Grrrl, you better recognize! Jamie Fraser, the King of Men, right there on your TV screen, eeep! My dear friend, the person who I blame thank for my Outlander obsession is hosting an Outlander Sleepover. Her hubby has even promised to wear a kilt and be our waiter for the evening, yeee! So cool! If I haven't died of happiness I'll report back soon.

Watch this show you guys, watch it!


KreinikGirl said...

So cute. Great use of Turkey Work!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Aww the poodles are adorable!
Hope your show is all that you hoped it would be. ((hugs))

my cup of tea said...

This is adorable!

Beedeebabee said...

Lisa, you're creative, brilliant mind just blows my away...all the time! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!!
Your poodles couldn't get any cuter, and your stitching is AMAZING! xoxo

I forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday in my comment above. Have a wonderful birthday weekend sweet girl!