Remember my twinchies? Gah, that seems like forever ago. (“Time’s fun when you’re having flies.” – Kermit the Frog)
Anyway, I had so much fun making them that when another round of the twinchie swap appeared on Craftster, with send-outs in September, joining in was a no-brainer. I might be a bit late in posting these, but think of them as undiscovered gems.
My partner had a variety of themes offered as suggestions, and I was thisclose to running with Bob’s Burgers – can’t you just picture Louise’s bunny ears immortalized in four square inches of felt?! – when I saw that she also had Muppets on her list. In that moment, the first coherent thought in my brain was, “Beaker!”
That was followed a split-second later by, “Bunsen!”
It wasn’t until I began trawling the internet for source images to use, scrolling past picture after picture of Dr. Honeydew, that I realized with a start that he bears a striking resemblance to my dad’s old boss, only slightly more green. I tried to find a picture of him, but came up empty-handed, so you’ll have to take my word on this.
With Bunsen n’ Beaker done, how could I round out my quartet? Statler and Waldorf would have been fun, and practically begged to have a note included in my swap package complaining about what terrible needlework this was (“Ha ha ha!”), but they didn’t feel as iconic to me as some of the other Muppets.
Iconic Muppet? Why, that would be…
Miss Piggy was the most challenging of the four, I found. Her various pieces felt a bit more jigsaw-y to me than the others, and trying to capture that heavy-lidded look on a very small canvas wasn’t easy. But the sparkly fuchsia background seems perfect for the self-proclaimed star of the show, and there’s a joke in there somewhere about casting one’s pearls before swine, but I haven’t found it… (Comments welcome below.)
Knowing that my partner had already received a Kermit twinchie in the previous round, I couldn’t grab for the low-hanging fruit for my last piece. Instead…drumroll, please…
Big Bird! Stitching him up made me so happy! The bright yellow and blue felt, the thin lines of blue and pink around his eyes to make them pop…and those fun little feathers on top of his head to add some texture to the whole deal.
They made it to my partner with all their embellishments intact, and had me envisioning an entire installation of felt Muppet portraits…
Thanks for looking! 🙂