Saturday, April 28, 2012

"Dance your cares away, Worry's for another day...

Remember Mokey Fraggle? The Hippie-Dippie artsy poetic Fraggle? Well...This is the Tanglewood Thicket version of the Radish harvesting creature from the depths of Fraggle Rock. My Mokey is needle felted head to toe. Although, this time I have sewn a really cool wispy faux fur over the core wool body. By doing this I saved myself easily 20 hours of work of having to add on silky fibers one by one like I did with Boober Fraggle this time last year. Yuck! I only say that because I break a lot of needles and it just takes sooo darn long. I got the idea from fellow doll artist Martina Staniek. She does the coolest faux fur creatures with needle felted faces. She led me to a link on how to use a faux fur material with a soft sculpture armature. Being that I can't sew worth a darn...she was a huge help. Jim Henson's fraggles stand at 18" tall. My Mokey stands at 24" tall. Which was a major "opps" on my part. This comission was meant to be 10". Guess this is a happy mistake for the new owner. That of course being as long as that person does not live in a closet sized studio apartment. So the real Mokey also has a shawl type coat. I had set out to make this with some crazy acid green wool I dyed up in two amazing tones. But since I can't wet felt yet, and my husband was too busy to do it for me...I thought I'd hand felt a giant sheet into a fabric like piece and then sort of felt it into a coat like way. Nope. Hours and hours down the drain. Too stiff, too weird, too bright, too bilious. awful.
Being that my Mokey had a harder face, stiffer hair and different colors from the real Mokey, I wanted to at least keep the coat idea alive to keep her associated with Henson's Mokey. I wandered through a fabric store for over an hour...and setted on some Metal Blue type knit. Brought it home with no clue how to sew a coat...(Yes I have a sewing machine. Yes I can thread it, Yet I can stitch a line. My skill ends there) I then watched countless "YouTube" tutorials on how to sew a sleeve, how to sew clothes for dolls, the history of the sleeve and how it progressed and changed with eras over the years. Blah! Well what my Mokey is wearing took me four hours. Did I just admit that out loud? Yes. I sewed it right side out, inside out on one arm, rightside out on another. Sewed the sleeves closed. Sewed it every which way but the right way.'s hoping Mokey will be hugged, admired and set on a nice display with out much inspection. Cause my sewing leaves a whole lot to be desired. To say the very least.

Oh, and real Mokey had a necklace. Do you think anywhere on google or youtube there is a crystal clear image of it? Nope. Wikipedia suggested Mokey wore a soda tab around her neck...So soda tab it is! Plucked right from a fresh pile of Diet Coke cans piled by my sewing machine as I wrestled with that (to be polite,) we'll say silly blue knit material.

I pray no one else orders a Fraggle for a while. Her hair almost killed me these past few weeks. I need to move back to those cupcake Goblins I've teased on my facebook page before my door gets kicked in from all those anxious customer waiting. (Literally at least one to two emails a day...."Are they done yet"???....


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