Sunday, 1 September 2013

Little Jumping Joan

Inspiration strikes at 3am this morning. 

Little Jumping Joan is born at 3.05am.

Here I am.
 Well yes I know you all saw this yesterday, but it's really me. Little Jumping Joan, well a little cartoon machine embroidery version. I really do look awfully like this. All short and stout with a hat.
 So I did some sketching, different poses, different shoes.
 Then I found some terribly nice 1970's fabric, some vintage linen and black thread.
 I sewed and I sewed. Then I had some tea, with sugar of course, it is 5.30am after all.
Then some one (I wonder who) reminded me it would be a good idea to feed her. So she got sketched too.

Of course I can't show you any more it's all hush hush and secret until I launch my new designs.

24 comments:

  1. Have you ever thought about sleeping at that time of day?!! Great designs - what we can see of them.....xx

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  2. Wow - that is very keen. Nothing could get me out of bed that early save a fire or such. Hoping you reveal all soonish. xx

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  3. These look like so much fun! Cant wait to see the end result.

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  4. Fantastic design and I LOVE the way you tell a story - made me smile.

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  5. I really like your machine embroidery, and to be honest am a bit jealous, as I tried this recently and just couldn't get to grips with it at all.

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  6. When inspiration strikes you have to act on it! What a lovely idea to use the letters in your work like this. Love the 70s fabric too!

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  7. Whilst I'm not a very good sleeper (it's 1.30am and I'm reading blogs....) you beat me hands down !!!

    Can't wait to see how it turns out. Night night.

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  8. Aw, she's so sweet and I love hearing about just how early in the day she was born/created! Love the fact you just went with it, whatever the time!
    (found your blog via the Handmade Monday link up :)

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  9. Was that still up, or early start?!!
    Love the look of Jumping Joan

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  10. I am in love with this! Just started free motion doodling myself and hope that one day I can get to a fraction of this standard!!! Your newest follower, Simi @ buttons and paint

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  11. She's fabulous! Creativity can strike at any time, can't it? Though to be fair, it's rarely 3 am for me - my head is very firmly on the pillow at that time!

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  12. So many wonderful comments ............ I am now blushing. Hey there's an idea red cheeks on the next embroidery! xxx to all J

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  13. You really need to do one with you in a long nightgown, a hot water bottle in one hand and a cup of tea in the other, I love your embroidered doodles :)

    Jan x

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  14. Looks fabulous, I can barely keep my eyes open past 9pm - but you've proved that not sleeping can be a good thing!

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  15. Your embroidery is just lovely, look forward to seeing the finished design. x

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  16. Joan I adore this self portrait!! She looks a realy character! ;)

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  17. I love the pointy shoe designs. They remind me of Quentin Blake shoes! x

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    1. Well spotted! My children had nearly every book he illustrated and you can't help being influenced by what you see a lot of.

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  18. jumping Joan is so cute! Full of character, i look forward to seeing more of her :) x

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  19. I love jumping Joan! I really like your drawing style too judging by the little tantalising snippets!

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  20. Brilliant post!!!! Says it all Joan! You are a genius.......XX

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Your comments are all read and appreciated. Hope you will forgive me if I miss commenting on your comment, I will be busy doing art :-) x Joan