Monday, March 22, 2010


Tyger! Tyger! burning bright,


In the forests of the night,


What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? -Blake


We had to go into the studio one day during my boy's vacation so that I could work on a doll. I asked him if he wanted a stuffed animal. He wanted a tiger, his favorite animal. We used wool felt. As I drew a pattern on paper, he cut out the stripes the way he wanted and showed me where to sew them on. It turned into a bean bag (filled with rice) as we worked. My boy put some bells in the tail. Today I embroidered it and sewed some snips of a fluffy white felted sweater around the face. We played catch with it.



9 comments:

Shona Cole said...

This is brilliant Beth. and I love how you paired it with the poem, layers of art and life and excellent handmade goodness. thanks for sharing :)

Grace said...

Beth,
That tiger is wonderful! I love Blake's poetry too.

softearthart said...

How lovely your boy could help, a great tiger. cheers Marie

Gabriele said...

Dear Beth,

You do just wonderful things with your boy, I admire how easy and directly you just work out your ideas!
Respect from
Gabriele

Appleshoe said...

Oh Beth, That's so adorable bells and all. Will you be making more animals like this for your shop?

Amanda said...

Love projects like this. Working with your children's inspiration. Something simple, something cherished. Thank you for sharing!

blessings
Amanda

FairiesNest said...

This post made me remember all the times I made toys with my boys many years ago...I kinda miss that! And such a sweet tiger too!

5orangepotatoes said...

So cute!

Transit Antenna Home said...

Cute!!