19 June 2007


on the sofa...
...are the robotington family. the big one is the birthday one and is off to it's destination tomorrow. i put them together so that you see the difference in size and i am planning to make some more of them soon. i am experimenting with different dying techniques and the size of the pattern. the first two robotingtons-the smaller ones were hand dyed in the sink with a brusho ink and are not water resistant. just like true robots they are allergic to water-another story to try and write i guess. its easier to come up with ideas naturally i find than to try and force them. anyhoo the bigger robot i hand dyed with some dylon cold fix and it took a lot of arm strength to dye this piece of cotton in the bath. i have just ordered a different dye to try as i would like a more blue grey colour than the pale grey of the bigger robot. i did see some dye in a shop that works in a washing machine but i ain't too keen on that techinque at the moment. of course you don't stick your washing in at the same time! that would be silly, very silly indeed. now the simple situation is to buy some cotton in the colour that i would like and i have bought some but the only stuff i could find was some grey cotton and now it looks like it is too dark a grey. we will see how it looks like when it is made into a robotington.
i am hoping to make some robotingtons to sell as soon as i have solved the colour problem. the big robot was a custom order and made specially as a birthday gift. in the meantime if you would like a custom made robot please feel free to email me with any questions etc at miss_dj020@msn.com.

5 comments:

Pea said...

These Robotingtons are totally fabulous!
What is their antennae made from? (the red bit)

ladysnail said...

thank you pea. the antenna is made from two circles of red felt. dx

Cathy said...

These are wonderful, Debbie! They look especially nice in a crowd like that.

Catherine said...

Cool robots! :) They must take ages to make. I think they'd look equally good in a bold red or blue really, or charcoal grey. The dylon machine dye is pretty easy to use as I recall, the only thing is you need to run the machine again afterwards to clear all the dye out of the system, otherwise it might get onto whatever you wash in there next.
I love your teeth too :D

Pea said...

Hi Miss Snail,

I've just had a comment on my blog from Penguin and Fish. Not sure how they got there..anyway, their shop is ace and I thought you might like these pigeons!
http://www.penguinandfish.com/shop/sweater_pigeons/