Puff, Puff, I'm Getting There

1/29/2011 03:01:00 PM Edit This 15 Comments »
Here's number 5 in the Mobile 2 project.  This is a puffer fish.  Here's what I know about them (not much).  They are, "chiefly tropical bony fishes which can distend themselves to a globular form and most of which are highly poisonous -- also called blowfish or globefish".  This according to Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition.  Now don't get me wrong - I don't want the babe to have anything to do with poisonous fishes, But, the idea of a fish that can turn itself into a balloon appealed to me.  I also had these bright pink fabrics that I wanted to use in the mobile.

As for the construction of this little devil, I can say without any reservation that it is, indeed poisonous.  Here's the thing.  I found it quite challenging to construct a sphere.  The pieces that connect the top and bottom of the fish are shaped like footballs.  I had a very difficult time getting the points to meld into the seams joining them together.  After futzing with them for quite awhile and ripping out many a seam, I ended up sort of repairing and redoing them by hand after the whole thing was put together.  I'm not entirely happy with the outcome, but I'm satisfied enough to Let It Be (a John Lennon song, and the babe's middle name will be Lennon). 

So, time to meet Tetraodontidae (the one other thing I learned from the dictionary!)



15 comments:

E*phi said...

This mobile is gonna rock SO hard! Love your stuffed animals, I wish I was as good at sewing (trying to get the thread through the eye of the needle really makes me aggressive and I'm always grateful if I use pointy objects without seriously hurting myself... *g*)
Is this the fish they also call "fugu" (in Japan, I think)?

Elza said...

Did you stuff this with the same filling as the others?
E*phi's comment puts a smile on my face. I can just see her angrily trying to thread a needle. Try one of those thingies E*phi. Piece of cake.

miz katie said...

Oh, how fun! I like your puffer fish!

I'm sorry to hear you have insomnia, too. Gah. I go through such long spells with it. Only 3 or 4 hours a night..if that. But, I think it okay because I do get a lot of paintings done this way. lol

Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I like checking out the blogs of commenters.

Peachtreeart said...

Mobiles are great aren't they? Yours are turning out so well!

Sandy in Michigan said...

Nancy, You really have an eye for the 3 dimensional. Have you ever sculpted? Using clay would be easy after going through all of this!

Vicki Holdwick said...

Love it, Nancy,

Be sure to take a picture of the whole thing before you give it away.

By the way, thank you so much for the birthday card.

Looking forward to getting together with you in March,

xoxo

debra morris said...

Hi Nancy, it's looking beautiful. Wish I could sew too!

marancat said...

Love it!
Very timely as I was recently watching a programme about these fish and how they are prepared for the table...

Cathy Holtom said...

I think you did well, it looks like a difficult shape to do. He's got a great determined expression on his face!

Shirley said...

Another fabulous addition to the mobile.

Sandra said...

Ahhh, I think that this one is my favorite. Congrats on winning the construction challenge.

Alex said...

Another cute addition! :) Puffer fish are always funny in their ways, but this one is specially..and absolutely irresistible. Love the color too!

BarbaraB said...

Amazing! I love the color on this one and can imagine it going up with the starfish and turtle.

Catherine... said...

Hi Nancy,

I think this is great fun...lucky baby...when it arrives...

raena said...

This is great! Love this character and the choice of pink fabric for it! I only sew a little, and never realized how difficult some of these must be until you mentioned trying to get the shape right.