Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Felt Elephants Upon a Spider's Web

I'm ready to emerge from my brief hiatus. I've been able to rest some, my thumb has healed to the point that it's no longer keeping me up at night, and I can sew again! Thank you for all of your kind, supportive comments. I look forward to catching up on your blogs over the next couple of days.

A little over a month ago, I posted a song I was preparing for French camp about five elephants balancing on a spiderweb. The week has arrived for me to present the song, and I have the felt-board figures for it:

I also completed my Royal Math Gnomes for the shop. I'll post photos on Crafty Thursday. I have singular Accounting Gnomes planned for future listings. As of this time, it appears that people searching for the kinds of dolls I make are more likely to find them if I post information about the dolls on this blog and on Flickr.


conuly said...

That's really cute.

My older niece randomly started singing the song at dinner today. She rarely initiates song (it's hard even to get her to join in!), so we all just let her do it.

At the last verse she said "at last, the web gave way" instead of "alas...", but I didn't correct her. Her way makes perfect sense, and it's the folk process.

Saints and Spinners said...

Conuly: Bravo for the folk process and for mondegreens! The thing about mondegreens (i.e. misheard lyrics) is that they often make sense and have more meaning to the singer/listener than the originals. The incredible thing to begin with was that the spider-web could even handle ONE elephant. Spider-silk is supposed to be stronger than steel, but it's kind of a "bridge of one hair" motif in the song.

I believe the song went over well today. I'm glad. I'm no spider, but I did put a lot of care into creating the felt-board set. The elephants are minimalistic, but each ear is embroidered, not pasted, to give a sense of texture. The spider-web felt is double-layered and has a bunch of velcro circles attached to make sure it's secure. I plan to use the song in English for future storytimes.

adrienne said...

I thought when I was looking at the photo that the elephants' ears were embroidered. It's a nice touch.

And I'm glad you're feeling better and back to sewing and blogging!

Lone Star Ma said...

I am also glad you're better and I like the elephants and spiderweb!

Jules at 7-Imp said...

I love that. ...So glad your thumb feels better, too.

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

That is a most gorgeous feltboard set. I especially love the spiderweb--could be a good cloak design for a gnome or fairy?