I still haven't officially named this cute mat yet, but I've had some terrific helpful suggestions. Thank you to all for that help. I'm always amazed at how wonderful you ladies are. The charming emails that I get always brighten my day and believe me, with the weather we're having around here, my days need brightened!
Anyway, it never occured to me to name the scarecrow as some have suggested. It's a great idea. I love the name "Curly" for him. An Ebayer took the time to message me with the terrific suggestion of "Scarecrow Jack in the Pumpkin Patch" ! I'm leaning towards that name now.
If any one else has any suggestions, please help!
Ok, on to more tutorial. I'm going to have the pattern for this ready to sell soon, so those of you who purchase the pattern will easily be able to come to these tutorial postings to help you along the way while making this yourself.
I shouldn't have to say this but have learned that I must ... Please don't steal my pictures so that you can trace the shapes to make this without the pattern. This design is copyright protected.
The scarecrow hat is ready to be blanket stitched on. I don't do this often, but I cheated and ironed on some lightweight fusible interfacing to the underside of the wool that I'm using for the hat. The tweed wool is perfect for the hat but it's a woven wool that didn't felt well so the threads fray easily. The interfaceing will hold those threads in place and since it's really thin, lightweight interfacing, the wool is still pliable and easy to stitch through. Like I said, I rarely use interfacing, but sometimes it just has to be done.The hats get a green hatband which is whipped stitched around the edges in the same color. I then used lighter color thread and did a running stitch across the band.
Now it's time for my favorite part! Stitching the face!
Happy Day everyone!