I have found great inspiration from Michelle Palmer who is a very prolific pen and ink artist. She does drawings of birds and whimsical animals on fabric and old linens, also vibrant watercolor and fine latch hook work. She created a fabric line and has calendars published by Legacy.
Upon her inspiration I have tried my hand at drawing on fabric and found it a great way to create products and practice my free hand drawing skills. I am offering a few items in my Etsy store from these new creations.
a little tote/gift bag enhanced with an original pen and ink drawing of a cute little hedgehog
I've been having fun making little finger puppets. To help teach little ones about the first Thanksgiving this adorable set of five puppets are hand embroidered from my original pattern. Made with craft felt and floss each stands between 2 1/4” and 2 1/2” tall.
My latest product in my Etsy Store is the newly designed two page fabric quiet book and matching finger puppets. This includes "Mary had a little lamb" booklet with the full poem, one Mary puppet and one lamb puppet. There are pockets on the inside of the booklet for puppet storage and carrying handles for easy transport. There is also available a PDF digital download for those who would like to get the pattern and instructions to make this project for their own personal use or as a gift.
Sarah Hale wrote this nursery rhythm around 1830 inspired by an actual incident with a little pet sheep. Children have been singing this song in their play for generations. Once again Mary and her little lamb can delight the young and the young at heart.
I had a lot of fun with the many hours of handwork and embroidery represented in these ten pages.
After watching my own granddaughters play with the quiet books I made for them, I decided to design the ones I would sell a little differently. Mainly, I do not have lots of little pieces that can get lost or have to be picked up. Especially if this book is used as a tool for teaching small children to sit still in church. There are finger puppets on the last page that are removable, however. The main activities are flaps with objects hidden underneath or pieces that tuck into another piece. These are attached with a ribbon. The little bee slides up and down the ribbon above the flowers as do the bead "raindrops" above the ark.
I have also included a reference sheet under plastic on the back page with scripture passages for each activity page. This could be used was a starting place in teaching your child these important Bible stories and lessons.
Working on the last page of a toddler age level Quiet Book to sell in my Etsy store. (Not for sale yet, but soon!) This page will feature finger puppets - lions and of course, Daniel, the Hebrew prophet and wise man who spent this life as a captive at the court of Babylon. He interpreted the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar and was delivered by God from the lions' den into which he had been thrown as the result of a trick.
What do you think of Daniel with a fat mustache? I wonder if those lions were quite