Saturday, January 28, 2017

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year
Year of the (baby) Rooster

Chinese New Year
Henry: "But I thought every year is the year of the Dog."

It is sweetie.

At our house, it most certainly is.

Dog Blog Post #2350

2017 is the Chinese year of the Rooster.

Since we ring in the New Year with baby New Year, Zachary decided to welcome the Chinese New Year with a baby rooster.

Work with me here!

The collar is new - created today from start to finish as prop #3 for 2017 (superseding the not-yet-finished microphone)

It's a real collar, in the sense that it is firmly stitched together and designed to be used over and over again.

It's a wire-edged ribbon (purchased after Christmas) stitched along the top edge to a backing of slightly narrower white felt. The gold ribbon was then stitched around the edge.

I imagined it being like a robe, hence the overlap in front.

It took me just over four hours, and I'm going to label it a success at this point, although in the future I would try to avoid wired ribbons as they "dent" too easily.

Photography Assignment

Daily Dog Challenge 1915. "Chinese New Year"

Our Daily Challenge - Jan 28, 2017 - "Begins with A"

Atop? (chicken atop the petals)
Arbitrary? (the pink petals. The Party City decorations had them, but I haven't a clue their significance, if any)
Awful? (the lighting)

Behind the Scenes

Making of Robe Collar
Felt Backing

I ended up cutting the back seam and adding another inch (visible below).

Making of Robe Collar
Almost done!

Completed Robe Collar
Completed "Robe" Collar

I learned a lot making this.

I learned that ribbon/felt collars are much lighter than the plastic mesh ones I'm used to and thus need to be a bit longer as they aren't heavy enough to mash down the boy's ruff.

I learned to curve the ribbon in the direction the final collar will lay when stitching the backing felt on, else the felt will wrinkle and you have to resew it (sigh).

Or cut a 1/4" out of the felt where it puckers worst and stitch it back together again.

(I actually did a bit of both to fix the problem.)

I learned it was insanely easy to create and I look forward to creating many more!

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Cute idea!!! LOVE it!!!