About a year and a half ago, or longer, Alex asked me to make him a Triceratops. A stuffed animal version, not a real one. I’d made Julia some dolls, and my son, understandably, wanting something less frou-frouey. I sketched out parts, and got some of it pieced together, but I wasn’t really…feeling it. I don’t know how to explain that, but for whatever reason, I just kept putting it off. Lack of confidence? Probably. I’m sure I expected perfection from myself. I wanted my soft sculpture to look real, at least from a distance. Children would scream in fear: “MOMMY! LOOK! A TRICERATOPS AT ALEX’S HOUSE! RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!”
So I took the bits and pieces of it out every now and again and quietly put them back.
This morning I was up very early, and I decided to start over. I just finished it a little while ago, and so here’s what it looks like…
Rather than going for life-like, I opted for simple and basic.
It’s standing on my closed laptop, and I put a coffee mug nearby to give you an idea of the size.
The fabric is from an old pair of capri pants I used to wear – a kind of greenish khaki color.
The eyes are a couple of acrylic beads. It’s stuffed with polyfil and stitched with cotton thread.
And that’s about all there is to it.
Oh – and yes, Alex likes his little long-overdue dinosaur.
I wonder if he’d like another one. Maybe a Stegosaurus…or a T-Rex…or…