I am so fortunate to know some extraordinary people who create from their hearts. Pat Herkal is one of these artists. Of course I am thrilled she created this amazing creature with Nicole's BeadBacking.
So In Pat's words here is what she did.
I started with a rabbit pattern I purchased from Cynthia Treen on Etsy. Her bunny is about 7” tall. I enlarged the pattern then changed or tweaked it to add detail. Beatrix is 17 1/2” tall.
I traced then cut my patterns out of Nicole's BeadBacking adding seam allowances where needed. Much of the head and outer ears were covered with buttons from my mother and grandmother’s button boxes. The inner ears, cheeks and soles of the feet are sequins that my mother used to make Christmas stockings. Ultrasuede is between the ears and down the nose and on the front of the ears. I used silk bits mostly hand dyed by a local fiber artist, some upholstery fabric and velvet bits for the arms, legs and body. I randomly machine stitched the fabric onto the pattern pieces drawn onto the Nicole' s BeadBacking and embellished them with crazy quilt embroidery, beads, a few charms and a broken rhinestone pin and buttons. A friend made me a felted ball and I beaded it for the tail. I used copper wire in the ears, through the head and into the body to add stability and to allow me to move the ears and head as desired. It is put together with a combination of hand and machine stitching. There are 70 pennies in the base to add stability and it is tightly stuffed with fiber fill. Voila! She is quite stable and heavier than anticipated.
I love this!!!
Here is the beautiful Pat Herkal.
Honor and integrity in art, in life.