Friday, July 12, 2013

Door Greeters

Back before tour frenzy hit the studio, 
I gave you a little hint of what I was working on. 
Remember this?

I finished them on the Saturday of the tour and hung them on the doors separating our 
living space from the studio.
 I am sorry it has taken me so long to show you the results. 

They didn’t get much reaction on the tour to my disappointment but I love how they turned out! One person told me they were “too spooky”. 
 Hmm…I didn’t think they were that spooky.

I found the spider fabric in her skirt, in an Asheville fabric store and loved it on sight. 
From that point on I just made them up as I went along which is how I like to work. 
They were labor intensive with lots of steps along the way, but I am very happy with them. 
You would not have to hang them on a door; it could be a cupboard or a wall.

I don’t have individual names for them, all I could think of was “Door Greeters”. 
Yeah, I know not very creative.

The lady pumpkin greeter is made with my own hand-dyed wool fabric, embroider face, “moth wings” with stitched covered wire for shaping, vintage buttons and belt ring on back for a hanger, black netting slip, and her own little stitched black kitty.

The gentleman pumpkin greeter is also made with my hand-dyed wool fabric, embroidered face, “bat wings” with stitched covered wire for shaping, vintage buttons and belt ring, 
and his own little stitched pumpkin.

Now I am brimming with ideas on others to make! How about a strawberry or tomato head or Uncle Sam/Lady Liberty or Santa/Snowman? 
The list could go on forever. 
 What do you think? Should I make more of them? 
Is this something anybody else would go crazy over like I have?
 Feedback is important to me. 
I get wrapped up into my own world and need to hear what other people think.

Thanks to everyone who made a comment about our losing Monica.
 It helped so much. I appreciate each and every one of you.
 It is going to take time to adjust to not having a dog in the house for the first time. 
We will love again one day when the time is right, and we meet that special little soul that needs a loving fur-ever home.


  1. I think they're great. You have certainly put a lot of creative detail in them. Angels to look over Halloween Hollow; everyone needs an angel!

    1. Love the Angels to look over Halloween Hollow!!
      Thank you!!

  2. I can't even imagine how much work has gone into making these cute door greeters from coming up with the idea and designing the pattern to searching for the perfect fabric and thread and cutting and sewing, etc, etc. Well, aren't they for Halloween decorations and isn't Halloween supposed to be spooky?
    I think that they are very cute and that you should make some more. I know, it's hard to think of Halloween at this time of year but it will be here soon enough.

    Have a great weekend,

    1. Actually it isn't hard for me to think of Fall or Halloween at any time of the year. It's my favorite time of year and it is always where I have the most ideas on things to make. Thanks for your encouragement!

  3. Well, If I had visited your studio - I would have noticed them! I think they are whimsically, folk artishly, spooky not scary spooky! They are great! Really like the the gal. So much work! Wow - lots of detail and hand stitching. There is a market out there for this kinda work - maybe Etsy. When I have made my Halloween folk dolls, they were the first to go at the Country Living Fair in OH. I like your idea of the veg heads! I say go for it!

    1. Thank you Lurena. High praise coming from you! I love your work and you are so creative!! I love to do hand stitching and add lots of details to my dolls. I think maybe it is time to move to a different market for this type of work. Thanks for the encouragement! I needed it.

  4. Waou ! j'adore...*·*... belle idée

  5. I can't imagine all the time spent on these adorable greeters.
    If only 'people' knew the effort and work put into these kinds of things - we all love them!

  6. I think they are amazing! I agree with one of your replies to explore different markets because I think the cliental that would want these is out there. I love the idea of Christmas ones, maybe a Mr. & Mrs. Santa Clause :)