Fully stitched. In addition to the white stitches on Boro, I sewed on some tiny pieces of darker blue - just dots - which should act like cross-hatching in a drawing, to darken that area. All the edges are darker fabric, whish should give me a nice outline. Hey, it worked in the test!
Bernie has some red stitches just above his arm. On the actual bodies, his intestines were stitching out:
While I don't want to get too gory, the red stitches are a nod to the reality of the body.
OK, both guys are face down on the white wool (do you remember my first big successful piece, the one with a dress mannequin and 2 sewing machines? That was the back of a coat, this one is the 2 front section of that same coat, sewn together). All that stitching actually shrunk the pieces just a little. The fibers of the cloth get pulled closer together, and I can see that they're not quite as large as the outline I originally sewed.
I covered the empty white area with freezer paper, so I could fold over the edges and have it fit in the oven. Also, I'm hoping that it will prevent any color transfer leaks, like on the last piece.
I have a new piece of equipment here - the white tube standing there. The Dharma Trading Company website sells some big piece of expensive steaming equipment - but then gives you instructions on how to make it if you can't afford to buy it! (I love these guys). Their directions mentioned using a length of stovepipe, which you can get for cheap at Home Depot. So instead of wrapping my wet wool around a heavy, increasing-soggy cardboard tube, I now have a sturdy, lightweight aluminum tube (which I covered in some white cloth I had. It wasn't until I had sewn it on that I saw the lettering woven into the cloth...
And it just fits in the oven!
Which is where the guys are right now.
For whatever reason, I've become attached to these guys. Maybe because I named them? Or the caring pose, with one arm around the other?
It's been 2 hours. It's showtime....