It all started with the little guy on the left. I bought him last Christmas in a great artsy shop here in my town. There's definitely some wool content in the black part and it's almost 1/2 an inch thick. I just love how the nose sticks out over the scarf. The eyes are embroidered but everything else is glued.
So, I made the one on the right. You all remember my obsession with black and white woven fabrics, right? Well, I have an entire bin of them and I thought these penguins would be adorable with a woven patterned belly.
I decided the penguin was a little fubsy, though. In this new version, I slimmed him down and removed the little hand bits (for easier sewing and cutting). Now I had a pattern I liked and I went to town. I've made about 15 of these to use for holiday gifts. I don't plan to sell them so I had no moral dilemma about copying the original design. Plus, mine have some distinct differences. 100% wool. I bought some 5mm wool felt (which is fantastic stuff, BTW) to use as a stiffener in the middle. The black parts on the outside come from a black wool thrifted skirt. The black and white woven patterns are all upcycled as are the scarves. As is the nose!! So, no new material at all except the cord hanger and the embroidery floss used to French knot the eyes.
I think the whole colony is adorable. I had so much fun choosing just the right plaid for the scarves. I hope my friends and teachers love them as much as I.