Friday, January 18, 2013

Little Rabbits

The whole rabbit/bunny thing just kinda happened...and you know what they say about rabbits...

First it was making rabbit dolls...

Moon Rabbit

 Then started collecting Japanese rabbit fabric... more here.

Vintage Japanese Fabric

Made some more rabbits- even as a hand puppet
Hunny Bunny

And pincushions...and more pincushions!
They are sweet and white rabbit are especially lucky (even if your name is Alice).
Here is one folk saying I like to share with you...
“Rabbit rabbit white rabbit” is a common superstition, held particularly among children. The most common modern version states that a person should say “rabbit, rabbit, white rabbit” upon waking on the first day of each new month, and on doing so will receive good luck for the remainder of that month. many of you know I have a young lady, Simone, who comes once a week to be tutored in the art of dollmaking. Her happiness and enthusiasm has brought a renewed joy back into my own personal love of dollmaking! I find it interesting how we can all learn from one another, if we just stop and take a minute to listen!

And now, her younger sister and a friend are coming to take a 3 hour class, we are going to make- yes- you guessed it- rabbits. I did this project (below) a few years ago for a group or (non-sewing) women and we had so much fun...I thought, what a fun project for two sweet little girls!
Completed Bunny Sample
Colors picked out by the girls.

 sewn and ready to go! each side is different, so they can choose the front and back!

The girls, Avery and Elise, each seven, came to the studio. It was an exciting day.
Choosing the front of each, adding the face, coloring, embroidering, hand-sewing!!
completed bunnies

 ...But we still a little time left...hummm...
SOooo, we added tulle skirts, laces, bows, wands and 
glitter for a bit of magic!!! these darling girls are sweet and hopping with know, it is pretty wonder I love them so...

My hope for all my students is that our time together will spark a growing creativity and curiosity in them that keeps growing!

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