7.2.12

Geoffrey the Gentle



Geoffrey is the first giraffe I have been asked to do. I tried various designs, from very stylised to uber-cutesy baby animal style. In the end he was a mixture of all of them, the right hand page being the one I was happy with - and luckily my client was too.



My
Facebook fans got a sneak peek of him some weeks ago, with this WIP picture -




He took longer than anticipated though! He is almost nine inches tall.




He is 100% felt- no wire armatures inside.




Although his 'horns' are wire, thread wrapped with little hearts to top them off.




Soon he'll be on his way to his new 'job' and I'll begin my next order - a lady ladybird. Yes, that is what I wrote - a lady ladybird. Or lady ladybug, if you are one of my American readers.




Goodbye Geoffrey!

25 comments:

Dru Marland said...

talking giraffes, I bought a loaf of giraffe bread from Sainsburys yesterday because I liked the story of how they changed the name, and I was hungry. Funny how it seems so v obvious now you look at it.

Nice giraffe there!

Purpletreebird said...

He's gorgeous and the perfect shape, size and expression!
Jess x

Chris said...

Oh....my heart is melting. He is just too lovely. I've been collecting giraffes for many years. My favorites are the real ones at Disney World's Animal Kingdom (only a half hour from me). There's no way I'm even going to ask what you charge to make him......sigh.

BumbleVee said...

Love Geoffrey .. almost a 'spring' feel to him if you know what I mean....maybe new beginnings... and, seeing as he is the first of the giraffes that's probably perfect ...

janet said...

Geoffrey is stunning..and of course he is tall...he's a giraffe!

Stephanie will be so happy to know you are starting her ladybug

janet xox

little Z... said...

Wow, this one is stunning!!!

ted and bunny said...

dear Gentle Geoffrey, I particularly love his little tail- I love elephant's little tails too, they're so out of proportion to the rest of their bodies...oh and I love his stitched spots...and his horns...and the brown patch of hair and his mane...in fact, I have to say I love him to bits!

Blackbird Experience said...

I saw Geoffrey on Pinterest and repinned him to my Handmade Spesh board! Lovely. I have a little felted giraffe I made too (but he's only about 3.25 inches!) I named him "tall horse". He's on my Pinterest if you care to have a look. I loved Geoffrey because he's SO different from Tall Horse and that made me smile about the wonderful variations of artistic expression! Thanks for sharing! I'm now following you on Bloglovin' :)

Biba said...

Geoffrey is absolutely gorgeous!

jfidz said...

Original,unique,and just downright fantastic as always.

Frances Tyrrell said...

Beautiful, a very poised pose for this graceful creature! How clever those patches are, with the look of blanket stitching. And that signature smooth PG surface finish, as if it would be silky smooth to touch.

Rowan said...

Geoffrey is gorgeous - and what a great name for a giraffe:)

Dartford Warbler said...

He is lovely! So fine and elegant. Somehow you have perfectly captured the "giraffeness" of him!

Jackie said...

I love his mane. I love him altogether.
Your poor wrists!

Amanda said...

That's funny. I just made a "lady ladybird". Check it out when you finish yours! My daughter made a baby ladybug too. : ). Your giraffe is amazing.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

He's exquisite, Gretel.
Look at his mane!

Caroline B said...

He's gorgeous, one of your best yet! Giraffes are such srange looking animals yet they are always beautiful.

Claire said...

Oh Gretel, Geoffrey is lovely.......giraffes are such interesting creatures.

Love the 'patchwork' style spots and his fluffy tail tip.

Interesting to see the drawings behind the finished article too....

Claire :}

Иринка Colibrinka said...

Очень симпатичный жирафик Джеффри, такой гордый, но при этом добрый и ласковый!!!

Marzenciuk said...

Wow! He's so beautiful. I love giraffes. I should make one by myself but I lately play with paper and forgot about felting. I have to change it :) Greetings

natural attrill said...

He's a lovely giraffe!
Penny.x

Anne said...

He is absolutely gorgeous!!

Twiglet said...

Another little treasure! x Jo

rossichka said...

Geoffrey is my favourite! He's so charming and elegant and beautiful from all sides! You made all the detaisl with such care and love... And the little hearts on his horns are "heartbreaking"! Aren't you sad, Gretel, to take good-bye with him?? I would be...

Shawnte said...

What a cute and nifty looking giraffe! Excellent work ^^!