Tuesday, June 26, 2007

big brother monkey

just as cute

Well it was only a matter of time before I gave the tiny monkey a big brother. After making another of the mascots from the Cute Book, the kidnapper, I was so frustrated with the tiny dimensions I ran to the copy machine with the monkey pattern. I enlarged the pattern 205% and grabbed an old dark brown corduroy skirt I had no use for:


little monkey supervises

So, the new monkey is a lot bigger than the original, but still pretty small - I'd say he's no bigger than 5 inches tall...


look how much bigger!

Here he is with a felt face in progress, and a page from the Cute Book. I again left off the forehead wrinkles, because I love how much wonkier he looks without them:


big monkey with his Cute Book counterpart

Also, I chose blue thread again to stitch the face to the body - I like how it contrasts instead of blending in. I used pinking shears to cut a thin strip of corduroy I embroidered and added buttons to, to make a "scarf".

Here are the 2 monkeys in all their glory:


big monkey and little monkey are friends

Other things that have been going on... I had to put down the Juarez book I've been reading for a day. I can't describe how disappointing and saddening it is to read about these young women and think of the mothers and families they left behind. And the feeling of powerlessness you feel when you see the larger picture of corruption and violence. I actually had nightmares last night - one where I woke up saying "help" and another where a doll's head spoke to me in a really creepy way... so maybe tonight, more cheery crafts and less of this book, which I do intend to finish.

10 comments:

Veronica TM said...

those monkeys are the cutest things! i have seen an exhibit about the issues in juarez and felt very touched by it. feel the same when i read or hear about the abuses of the military in south america. it is very wise to take time from those issues if you can.

floresita said...

Thank you Veronica! Those monkeys really help cheer me up! :)

Yes, I took 2 classes in college on African and South American politics that really opened my eyes. I guess I never thought about Mexico in the same way, but it really is a sad thing that is happening on the border...

Stitchado said...

he he, those monkeys are so adorable and yet so serious.

as a woman it's hard to read about all those killings in Juarez. I've known for quiet some time, and unfortunately nothing has been done. i feel so disappointed and shamefull to know how corrupt the Mexican government is and how they haven't done much. i really wanted to read "las hijas de juarez" by teresa rodriguez, but i was afraid of getting to involve and having nightmares.

floresita said...

Aww... thank you for the monkey love! :)

I know what you mean, Claudia - that book is next on my list. I feel like I have to read it, just as I feel like I have to finish this book. I feel like I want to form a positive response, to find a way to not just be angry and upset about it...

kalurah said...

that monkey is absolutely adorable!
one of these days I have to try my hand at softies...some day.... :-)

Scribbles & Bits said...

I love the big brother monkey with his dapper scarf!

hodge podge said...

those monkeys are the best! i think your big one really shows off the pattern even better than the lil' guy. and the cordurouy is perfect! now i want to make little creatures too...

floresita said...

Awww... thanks Kalurah and scribbles&bits!

Hi Cal! You know you want to make one! Make one! Make one! :D

eydie said...

I love the little scarf addition, it makes it all your own! Aren't they addicting? I cannot wait to make more......
*hugs*

~*56dustbunny*~ said...

Oh wow the cuteness ! Just yesterday afternoon I discovered your blog and within a few short hours felt an overwhelming urge to stitch a monkey, yes indeed they've cast a spell, don't have the Cute Book yet but ordered it right there and then, but managed to trace a monkey pattern from one of your pics, so strong was the force that I couldn't wait another second. i love the fabrics you used and the little extra touches and I also love your own version of the monkey, his little legs are so cute, needless to say i've linked you on my blog, great stuff !