we have been quiet quite a while. We are so sorry... Just too much to do and too little time.
As you all might remember, we are not a huge publishing house, but just a tiny family company with a handful of hard working women. We are all mothers, grand mothers or sisters, daughters, wifes and girl friends. No matter how much we love our job, we really can't spend all our time here in office.... even we'd like to :) If someone passes our studio late at night, she or he might see lights in here, though. So do not be angry, we promise to do our best updating our blog now on.
Who could imagine this summer went so fast. We can already see "something yellow" in trees behind our office windows! Our melancholic, but beautiful autumn issue 4/2016 for kids was published few weeks ago.
Did you already find the video we made for you:
With this issue we wanted to encourage you to find your paintbrushes and do something really nice with them...
The body of the hedgehog is applied to the front panel as a print, and the details are appliquéd after the fabric paint has dried. Hand-baste the outline of the hedgehog motif on the rectangular piece of jersey cut for the front panel. Protect the surface of the ironing board with a sheet of plastic and lay a piece of soft, smooth fabric over the plastic. Lay the rectangular piece of jersey on the ironing board, pull it taut and pin it to the board. Pour white fabric paint in the middle of the disposable plate, dip the sponge dauber into the paint and dab the dauber against the brim of the plate to distribute the paint evenly on the dauber. (Experiment applying paint on a scrap of fabric first!) Dab the belly of the hedgehog with white paint all over, applying a small amount of paint at a time on the fabric and taking care not to make the layer of paint too thick. Allow the paint to dry for a short while.
Mix brown and white fabric paint together in different proportions to obtain two paler shades of brown. Dip the tip of the brush into the paint and paint spikes on the hedgehog, using the darker shade of brown for the outermost spikes and the paler shade for the inner spikes. Remove the printed piece of jersey from the ironing board and allow the paint to dry properly. Fix the color to the fabric following the manufacturer’s directions.
Trace hedgehog’s nose, eyes, ears and paws on paper backing of double-sided fusible web. Iron the various pieces of fusible web onto wrong side of pieces of single jersey as follows: nose on pink, eyes and ears on brown, and paws on grey single jersey. Cut appliqué shapes out along their outlines. Remove paper backing from fusible web and iron shapes in place on the body of the hedgehog. Pin piece of tear-away backing to wrong side of rectangular piece of jersey, under appliqué shapes. Stitch shapes in place with straight stitch or narrow, short zigzag stitch, using matching sewing thread for each shape. Stitch hedgehog’s mouth with straight stitch using brown thread. Remove tear-away backing from wrong side.
Trace the pattern for the teddy-bear motif from the pattern sheet. Hand-baste the outline of the teddy-bear motif, as well as the outlines of the areas to be left white on the ears and around the eyes and muzzle, on the rectangular piece of jersey cut for the front panel. Pour fabric paint on a disposable plate, dip the tip of the brush into it and paint the teddy-bear’s coat. Start painting at the outlines of the muzzle, eyes and ears and proceed in a radial pattern toward the outline of the teddy-bear motif. Allow the paint to dry and fix it to the fabric following the manufacturer’s directions.
Trace teddy-bear’s nose, mouth and eyes on paper backing of double-sided fusible web. Iron fusible web onto wrong side of brown single jersey and cut appliqué shapes out along their outlines. Remove paper backing of fusible web from shapes and fuse shapes to front panel by ironing. Pin piece of tear-away backing to wrong side of front panel under appliqué shapes. Stitch shapes in place close to edge with straight stitch. Remove tear-away backing gently from wrong side.
We also found some old clothes (grandpa's fishing shirt, heavy cotton plaid) and wanted to recycle it to a boys shirt.