a drawing competition

Sometimes we look after our friend’s small furry dog.woody in the woodsHe’s a bit pesky, and always ready for mischief, but with a face like that he’s usually forgiven.

at our country residence(That isn’t our house, just so you know, although I kind of wish it was).

Last time the Furry Fiend was here, my sister came to visit with my three nephews. Obviously chaos ensued for a while, and there was much barking and running and retrieving small plastic animals from various mouths.

Things calmed down eventually, and the boys got used to the dog, and the dog got used to the boys. He even fell asleep in the corner of the room for a while.

snoozing woodyAnd so we had a let’s-draw-a-picture-of-the-dog competition. Two nephews were engrossed in something else so the competitors were mostly adults. Some of those pictures were quite dreadful (er, you’ll notice I’m not showing you mine), but the winning picture (and the only one done by a small child) was exceptionally cheerful.

I was so taken with it, I asked if I could keep it to put on the wall, and was informed that no, I could not. So I took a photograph and stored it away.

The artist’s birthday was this week, and casting my mind around for a suitable present, I remembered the drawing of the dog. And I remembered sewing an outline of a drawing of my own onto fabric. And so an idea started forming…

First I printed the drawing, and I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a fine one.

Jackson's woody picLook at those feet! That little face in the air! The lead, and the floppy ears! Quite delightful, and just begging to be turned into something cheery.

And s0 I drew over him with black marker, traced him onto white cotton, and sewed round the outline with embroidery fabric. Since I didn’t have lots of time, I left out some of the detail, including the bed (complete with pillows) that he’s standing on.

Jackson's woody pic 2SO cheerful! I admit I was quite tickled at this point, and also quite jealous that I wasn’t keeping him for myself.

Jackson's woody pic 2-2And here he is, turned into a cushion – just the right size for a six-year-old’s bed. What fun!

I’m very impressed that my nephew recognised his picture after all these weeks (and, er, noticed that I’d missed out the bed…). Apparently he wants to colour it in, so my sister is off to buy fabric pens. I can’t wait to see what colour he ends up.

(I also think I might need to embroider him onto something else that I can keep for myself. What do you reckon – another cushion? A t shirt?? A pillow for the real Furry Fiend???)

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7 Responses to a drawing competition

  1. Nic says:

    You could make him into a wee (or big, for that matter) wall hanging. Just stick a couple of loops of fabric onto whatever shape & size fabric background you want and use some cane or willow to hang it from.

  2. Maria says:

    That is lovely! such a brilliant photo, and a good idea for a present.
    I vote for another cushion for yourself! 🙂

  3. I love this idea. I may need to steal…ahem…borrow this one for grandparents at Christmas.

    How clever you are! I second the vote for another cushion.

  4. Robyn says:

    I’ll third the vote for another cushion then….and you have to colour yours in, too! xx

  5. Thank you all, lots of enthusiasm for another cushion there!

    Sadly I think I should probably put the whole thing on hold until I’ve finished one of the many, many other projects that lie in pieces around the house… One thing at a time and all that… More to follow this week though!

  6. Rachel says:

    Love it! I think he’d make a good design on a fabric shopping bag – then you could take furry fiend everywhere 🙂

  7. Lorraine says:

    I think you should definitely put your own drawing of the dog onto a cushion! It was brilliant! (although slightly less brilliant than mine, of course!)

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