Tonight I’m going to answer the emails I got about yesterday’s MooTah post. But first, I’m going to show you my piece for this week’s theme at Wednesday Stamper, which is doors.
It is a fabric and paper collage, using some of my hand-dyed fabric and ribbon, and some of my favorite images from Paper Whimsy, including the mysterious doorway. The stamp I used down at the bottom is part of a lot of vintage typeset I found at a little store in my neighborhood. Included with the alphabet stamps were five or six plates that look sort of like company logos that might have been used for letterhead or advertising. The part that reads "Star" is part of a stamp for Star Company.
Ok, on to MooTah. In answer to several questions (I was very complimented that y’all liked him enough to ask!):
(1) MooTah is made mostly from vintage Asian Fabrics that my friend Kara sent to me, although his arms are homespun fabric. His back is made from a fabric that says "Handwoven Silk, Made in Thailand" on the selvedge. It is the same fabric I used underneath the button eyes.
(2) MooTah’s eyes are made by sewing on little circles cut out of the Thai Silk, which wanted to immediately fray around the edges and resulted in that sort of cool, uneven look. I used a gold metallic thread and stitched not too careful circles around the eyes. Finally, the buttons themselves are some kind of old bone buttons I got as part of a vintage lot. I’ve never seen buttons with big holes like that before and I really like them.
(3) This is MooTah with his namesake, Squirt-MooTah
(4) Squirt is not interested in MooTah but Harry is very enamored with him.
MooTah continues to be a big hit around our house. I’m going to have to pull out the rest of the fabric Kara sent and see what I can put together for Ellie, who is insisting she wants a MooTah too.
I have one last bit of news. I heard from the producers of That’s Clever, that the segments I filmed for them will appear in episode HCLVR-415, which will air sometime in February or March. As much as I am really eager to see myself on TV, I’m not entirely sorry it is so far off, as I’m a little bit nervous about how goofy I’m going to look jumping around on the kids’ trampoline. You can use the episode number to look on the HGTV website as it gets closer to the air time to see the specific dates the episode is set for. My two segments are on fabric portrait collage and ATCs.