Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This is Bright the Bunny

or 'Bright' the White Rabbit.

She... or he? (I haven't quite worked that out) is brand new and somewhat inspired by the pet white rabbit I had as a child.
Yes, that's me and one of my brothers (a long time ago...)

Having put the last little finishing touches to this hand and machine stitched bunny this afternoon, I quickly set up my makeshift photo booth and captured a few shots of Bright.

Bright is the first of her kind. She is 12 inches tall which is above average for her age.

I usually create my textile creatures at half this size and they are made entirely from felt but they tend to be incredibly time consuming with all those tiny pieces needing to be precisely hand stitched and stuffed... and I really wanted to get something made faster this week. 

I guess I must have decided it would be a girl having added all those bright pink buttons to go with her pink eyes. She is made from calico and quilting cotton with wool blend felt foot pads and paw patches and a cute muzzle with hand embroidered nose, mouth and long white eyelashes. Her big ears have a little stuffing in them but they still flop forward or back depending on her mood.

Bright's arms and legs are moveable so she can do a few fancy poses including the splits!... all made possible  with her button joints: made from pretty pearly pale pink heart shaped buttons. awww...

Here are a few photos taken during the sewing process...

I have yet to photograph my old machine but I will remember to do this next time. I need to get out the oil and brush and give the old clockwork a bit of TLC. My machine is a family heirloom and I absolutely love how heavy and steady it is. "They just don't make them like that anymore..."

Bright will be going up for sale this weekend in my new website shop! www.thistleandfox.bigcartel.com

After much deliberation I decided to start combining all my textile projects, arts and crafts into the one shopfront so I can more easily integrate it with my website. Bookmark this blog because it will all be getting streamlined and prettied up over the next few months or whenever I can snatch a few hours to play with my web design!

I'd love some feedback so please comment and tell me if you like my shop design... is it easy to use? Is there anything I should add to it? 

There are so many exciting things about to happen... I can hardly contain myself but I am forced to try to hold it all in at least for the next few weeks... then there will be some BIG news!!!! :)
And lots of photos!.... Woo!

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Rabbit Has Spoken

Today we enlisted the help of Mr Rabbit to choose the winners of our 'Thistle and Fox' facebook giveaway.

Don't worry, he is an experienced oracle and enjoys the drama of a good ceremony. After all, Mr Rabbit has been a model for many of Ginger Kelly's fantasy artworks and has spent time in the company of faeries (who are often stealing his limelight... they are such show offs!)

Anyway... back to the choosing ceremony:  
We arranged the names of our 30 fans on slips of paper in a circle of apple, celery and carrot temptation...

Releasing our 'suitably restrained' Giveaway Oracle in the center of the circle (after spinning him around a few times of course) we removed the blindfold....

(only joking...no rabbits were harmed or made dizzy during this photoshoot)  
And waited in anticipation....

Apparently the grass was much more interesting than fruit, but at last...

...we have a winner! Congratulations Julia! (if you look closely you'll also see that you were chosen by a tiny slug. We hope that makes you feel even more special)

This decision was quickly followed by two 'runners up' (also chosen by rabbit and slugs)
Congratulations Steve Foy and Ryan Nichole

And then he was off... running free! (almost)

The rabbit has spoken.

Thankyou Mr Rabbit for your guidance. We could not have done this without you :)

And a big thanks to all our lovely fans and followers!
We want to thank you all with a freebie, so here is a desktop background featuring Mr Rabbit

You can use this on your computer if you wish, just click on the image to download the full size wallpaper in a new window.


Winners, please contact us as soon as possible with your postal address so we can get your prizes to you quickly :)

Julia has won this set of fantasy art greeting cards from GingerKellyStudio

and our runners up have each won a set of 5 postcard prints (they get to choose from a mystery pack of 'Unicorn', 'Faeries' or 'Mermaids')

Thanks for supporting the grand opening of our Thistle and Fox fanpage! We hope you'll enjoy keeping an eye on all the things we have planned to make and share this year

Take care & We'll see you soon xxx