Carving seems to be one of the things I do well. Be it the roasted tandoori chicken on a Sunday or carving out time from non-existent dimensions, I am good at it. At the beginning of the week I felt panicky because I thought I would not have time to finish with all the little projects for early next week, now I feel confident I will have time to finish everything.
It is quite funny how much the idea of a snail puppet inspired me at the beginning. It gave me ideas, it influenced the design of the other puppets. Yet this is the one I finished the latest. I was much more eager to finish with the dog, the cat and the mouse puppets than this one. I don’t know. Maybe it was the shell I wanted to ponder on a bit longer.
I ended up stitching a little spiral around the shell with multicolored threads. I chose four different colored sewing threads that were bright and fun, and would contrast with the lilac of the shell. At first I thought it would be wonky, but it turned out to be pretty good right on the first go.I sewed right through to the other side, and with the help of a little bead I pulled the two sides of the shell together. It gives a cushion like effect, which I quite like. So with tentacles and a bright smile here is the little guy enjoying the last of the day’s sunshine. I am so happy with how it turned out! I am glad I waited a bit and thought it through, instead of just quickly finishing off something. So now the little gang rests in a pretty little box that is adorned by tiny little birds. To make the box more user friendly for my nephew I punched a hole on the end panel and passed a little ribbon through it. Now it will open just like a drawer and reveal the little treasure inside. Oh, I cannot wait for the weekend to see his little face and what he will think of the puppets. Wish me luck!