Friday, 15 July 2011

Buzzy Bees....

How to make a beehive.........hmmmm....this took many days of pondering and mental gymnastics to figure out a way,  In the end, it was constructed from three sections in the shape of the base of a 4 sided pyramid, each stuffed and with a card insert at the bottom.  They were then sewn together, the top section having a shaped top for the roof to be attached to.  The little 'step' was made from a few stitches picked up and knitted in garter stitch,and the door is embroidered.  The feet are large wooden beads covered in yarn.  The whole thing is 5 inches tall.
It's a little rustic, but I quite like that - looks like it has been well used.
The bees were another matter.  The pattern I have from a book would have meant giant killer bees of about 2 inches long, so I tried to scale it down and design my own version.  They still came out about an inch long as with the stripes and the shaping, it was impossible to get them any smaller without losing detail. I even used tapestry wool in an attempt to keep the size down, but to no avail.  I just hope they will be suitable for animation purposes.

3 comments:

Gretel said...

Despite the difficulties, it really is incredibly sweet - you are clever!

soggibottom said...

Think we could fox the bees with these little guys if we put them out by the bee boxes :-) x x x
Love the bee hive too :-)xxx

Magpie Magic said...

Love the way your mind works. The bees and hive are fabulous! :-) xo