Humpy says hi. Don't ask, Kyle named him just now.
He is from a japanese craft book, 手のひらサイズのぬいぐるみ. I had wanted to finish him yesterday, but I got to the stage where I was so pleased with my progress that I did not want to continue for fear of messing up.
But I got over that hurdle. I held my breath and added his facial features this morning. His body's very soft, made from a Hyatt shoe cloth that I got on one of my business trips. Actually, I just barely had enough fabric. I had two of these shoe cloths (from separate trips) in my posession, so when cutting the pieces out of the first cloth, I didn't take care to conserve the fabric, since I had a second cloth to fall back on. Well, I had everything cut out except for the head gusset and ears, when I decided to cut the remaining pieces out of the second shoe cloth. When I went to locate the second shoe cloth, I saw that Kyle had used it...to polish his shoes. I confronted him. "What were you thinking?!? Why in the world would you use a perfectly nice shoe cloth to polish shoes?!?!?" He looked at me like I had three heads. Anyway, needless to say, I had to manage with the remnants of the first cloth.
Since I really don't have much fabric on hand at all, we went out yesterday specifically to buy black fabric for Humpy's tail and ear. Even though I needed, oh, just 2 square inches, I bought a yard. You know, for a rainy day. Hah, it's never too late to start building a stash!
I used charcoal for the circle around his eye, and blush for the pinkness around his nose. How can you not love him?
Why a bull terrier? Well, Kyle and I had always known that we would own a dog at some point in our lives. The only trouble is deciding on what breed. He likes the, how can I say this, "special" looking dogs. Like bull terriers. And bull dogs. I had a fluffier dog in mind, like the adorable maltese (Freddy!) who lives with my parents. You know, a cute little dog that doesn't look like a giant rat. But I've got to say, after looking at more and more pictures of bull terriers, I'm really starting to think they're rather endearing. So ugly that they're cute. And, really, that's what makes them so very charming.