Monday, August 5, 2013

Dog and Pony Show

First, I'd like to say thank you to all the people who have been inquiring about my health. I'm gaining weight and I have much more energy for playing than say, a year ago. Also, during a recent summer cold snap, a mouse came and visited us. I had a blast with this mouse at about 4:00 in the morning, sometime last week! Helen thought something in the house had fallen down. We were having so much fun and making such a ruckus  that I didn't eat him/her (not sure) until the next day, when Helen encountered the mouse, screeched, woke me from my nap, and carried me to where the somewhat worn-out mouse was hanging out. We had a little more fun and then a snack. I had the snack.

OK so, Helen was recently invited to sell her wares at something called the "Walk for the Animals", an event benefiting the Washington County Humane Society here in Wisconsin. I think that's all wonderful, except that you know who's going to be walking....a bunch of dogs. And worse still, Helen has been making kanzashi for......dogs. Seriously, I don't know what to say. She's making brightly colored cotton flowers on ponytail elastics to attach to dog collars....or wear with your ponytail. She is making fabric flower centers using her styrofoam molds....something she figured out a number of blog posts ago. Very useful, because once they're glued, you have to work hard to pull them off! Even a dog would have problems losing these flower centers. OK, let's look at a few of her favorites.

The challenge of designing these seems to be in figuring out which fabric will do which petal shape without getting squashed by, you know, a dog rolling around on the ground, or something. Also, since Helen doesn't want to spend a lot of time on each one, she has limited herself to 6 petals per flower. Here's a delicate little number in a pale pink dotted Swiss....

...which can be purchased here . And here's a fun floral cotton that J9 gave to Helen... it here...A different sort of shape made from the last of a beloved cotton print....

....a one-of-a-kind item you can buy here if you can't wait for the show in a couple weeks. And here's a group of other lighthearted, happy-go-lucky things, perfect for dogs....

Note the solid colored black and white flowers; these are dupioni silk, for formal occasions, like weddings. In fact, Helen came up with a way to make kanzashi "bow-ties" also to attach to ponytail elastics, especially for very masculine dogs' formal occasions...

It has been a fun project, and less time-consuming than other kanzashi perhaps, but still pretty time-consuming. Helen is thinking about duplicating some of her favorite designs, but at least she doesn't have to spend time experimenting anymore. Until the next exciting new, fun fabric turns up, that is to say.

So, if you are anywhere close to Jackson, Wisconsin on August 17, 2013, come walk in Jackson Park with whatever pets you have that like to walk (I'm not going anywhere near the place) to support the Humane Society and to see Helen's dog flowers (also lots of other fabric flower accessories for humans)!


  1. Very fun! Now I understand why you've been using the "Dog and Pony" title on FB.

    Hope you get some great pictures at the show!
    :-) Joana

    1. Thanks, Joana! Hadn't even thought about bringing my camera, but you're right, a show is a good time to be taking pix. Hoping for pleasant weather!!!

    2. Hi Helen, good luck at the show. Love all the beautiful pieces of work you have made for it.
      Enjoy your day.

    3. Thank you so much Isabell! I think we'll also do another blog post about something else I'm making for this show. Stay tuned!