Make it funky, huh.....well....I didn't have to think much more on this one. As I recall back a few years ago, Nikki had posted a pic of her posing next to the funkmaster, Bootsy Collins, on her facebook page. I admit, I was jealous! She got to meet Bootsy!!
For those who need schooling on who Bootsy Collins is, he is the funkiest bass player of all time- playing in Parliament Funkadelic and Bootsy's Rubber Band back in the 1970s among other musical offshoots. A purveyor of all star-shaped accessories- particularly guitars and sunglasses, he has mad, pimpin' style!! Bootsy is a member of the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, has his own online school for teaching bass playing techniques- Funk University, and was born & raised and still lives in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio!
Inspiration for Louie's stocking was a piece of cake thanks to his Mama's brush with funky fame! I mean, just look at those boots!!
So off I went researching, looking for some good Bootsy pics on the web to help inspire my design. And then I came across this most excellent record cover with a stylized Bootsy coming out of a boot and said....THAT'S IT!
So off I went to the drawing board and came up with this sketch:
After I posted my sketch on facebook and got the greenlight from Nikki, I started going to town selecting fabrics from my overgrown stash. And then I embarked on the applique process. I cut out all the fabrics, laid it out, glued the pieces down, and prepared it for sewing.
I took a trip to Pacific Fabrics in SODO to buy some more fun trims (as if there wasn't enough going on in the design). Luckily I showed restraint and didn't buy out the whole shelf:
And then I stitched and stitched through the night and POOF! Louie's Stocking was created!
Had it not been for my mom's comment on my facebook page when I posted my initial sketch of this design, I might not have decided to make another stocking.....just for Bootsy!
How could I not?!
Merry Christmas Nikki, Chris, and little Louie! May you continue to have funky 'holidaze' 4 ever!!!