July 1st, 2008

This was supposed to be the fourth moustachioed plush (the others are here) but I just can’t decide if I like it or not.  It was definitely a pain in the butt to make. It took forever to try to make the face at least a little three dimensional and after I gave up I realized how I should have done it (though now I forget) and then all the fussy cuts.  He does have a little body that’s done and his legs are in pieces, but I just don’t know if it’s worth it to put him together. His face is so flat that it reminds me of a tiki doll. The moustache helps–it’s a bushy Tom Selleck number–but I still don’t know. What do you think? Should I sew him up and put him in the shop or scrap it and start over?

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18 Responses to lion

  1. R. Robyn says:

    I really like the concept, but it did take me a moment to realize what I was looking at. I would be curious to see it with the mustache though.

  2. lily says:

    it’s fantastic, just think of it as different from the other mustachios. people can handle thinking about it for a bit. I think that even if you don’t like it , it’s a good to see it through, you may learn something you didn’t expect. Or throw it in the corner and move on.
    I really like it for what it’s worth.

  3. R. Robyn says:

    I was looking at the Mustache Gang, and I think that some nice ears could help him gain the three-dimensional look you’re going for.

  4. meg says:

    ears! ha! I completely forgot. thanks.

  5. Mirre says:

    I really like how the stripes of the fabric make up the face… so clever! I’d say finish it!

  6. Nichol says:

    you invested a lot of time into him, but if your heart’s not in it anymore then maybe you should start over. I always am way more satisfied with my re-dos then with the stuff I force myself to finish.

  7. Laine says:

    I happen to scroll past the title to look at the picture. My first thought was “wow, that looks like a lion.” So yeah, it might not be exactly how you wanted it, but it definitely works. I think ears will be just enough dimension–his face really doesn’t seem too flat to me (though I am looking at a 2-D picture).

  8. kym says:

    I like the placement of the zigzags to make his mouth and around the ruff (?). But he reminds me of the lion in the Judy Garland Wizard of Oz, and I never liked that lion. If you’re having doubts maybe just put him aside for a while until you’ve forgotten how much trouble he was to get this far.

  9. h. says:

    This lion reminds me a bit of the illustrations from the book “Spectacles” by Ellen Raskin

    I like the illusion that makes the nose pop out in three dimensions, but it is a bit hard to see, so I can understand why it is frustrating you. I would be interested in seeing it with ears and mustache, although I can totally understand if you decide to just walk away from it.

  10. rebecca says:

    I like the way you’ve pieced the fabric, it makes it look a little more abstract than the others. I say go for it. Sometimes it’s not until the final appendage is attached that a softie really comes together.

  11. Kristina says:

    Geez! I think he’s gorgeous and very much in style with the rest of the moustachioes ;o) You should definately fininsh him!

  12. beruta says:

    I do like it. So much.
    The prints draw the mouth, chin, nose and hair so well, I won`t put him mustache, this lion is very interesting like this, I think that he doesn`t need anything more on his mouth.
    My only doubt is about the eyes, it`s the most confusing part in my opinion. As he is right now I see a sad expresion, but every softie don`t have to be happy necesarilly, and the he DOES have an expresion.

    I have been a while just staring at him in flickr before reading this post, and thinking, wow I`d love to see this animal`s body… and now I read that it has got one waiting! Oh please, complete it….without it also works all right, like a lion head mask. But I prefer to see them “moving”.
    Great and beautiful work :)

  13. judith says:

    I think you should definately finish it. It’s one of
    the most unique things you’ve made. If anything you could turn it into a very interesting throw pillow. It would look great on your couch.

  14. Mom says:

    I’d say this is almost the Platonic Ideal of Lion–it’s gorgeous; the mane is particularly clever. go for it!

  15. Becky says:

    Very art deco inspired looking. very cool. I vote to finish him.

  16. Alicia says:

    I also vote for you to finish him. He may surprise you and be more than you expected. I think I may just want to see what he looks like finished though so my vote should not be counted.

  17. Nikki says:

    I love this! I like a design that makes you think a bit!! It’s clever, stylised and really cute.

  18. Cristina says:

    Meg, this is tremendous. I’d love it as a collection of stuffed heads for a wall–just saying.

    The mustachios are driving me wild–maybe because I don’t like them on men (except for Hercule Poirot).