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:
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...
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:
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:
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.