I start with the main part of the body, and add an under paper that coordinates with the top paper. I was going to make Ella pink, you know "pink elephant's" but I just couldn't get it to look right so I went back to the scrapbook store and got some more papers in the grey family. They worked perfectly. I try to always use papers with a pattern or texture. It just adds that extra element to give each illustration a little more dimension.
Then I cut out the remaining body parts.
I make sure everything is in proportion, and that it all fits well together. If not I start over again. This part can sometimes take two or more times before I get it right.
I add the mouth and the cheek to make sure the face looks the way I want it to. To me this is a very important step. If the face isn't looking the way I want it to, it is early in the process and I can make the changes needed before I have to backtrack too much.
This is what it looks like once I am done with punching all the holes.
I start to add the pink thread for the knees and the trunk.
I held this up to the light so you could see the holes a little better. I have two different embroidery thread. The first kind I bought as a packet, all different colors, not bad in quality, medium grade. The other is the kind you buy individually and it is much nicer and a little more in price. I like using both to achieve different textures. One gives a little more rough appearance than the other that has a silkier look and feel.
Time to make the blanket for Ella. I used a patterned paper for the base, ribbon that I stick on with double sided tape to add dimension on the blanket.
I added tassels that I made by bunching up the embroidery thread and tying it off, and stitching it on to the blanket.
I kind of make a mess.
This is what the back looks like, with all the stitching.
I added the "e" for Ella, the little bows made from the same ribbon for the tail and ears. I also added the toe nails in the same light pink as her cheeks to tie everything together. I dropped her off for the auction this morning along with the other donations that people had given me. I will be starting on the whale tonight. I will be posting some photos of the girls later tonight.