The Artistry of Janie Comito
Janie Comito, designer, collector, artisan & appreciator of lovely & fanciful objects. Known Internationally for 34 years for her miniature teddy bears and other animal & bird designs. Well known for her sewing collectables. Her offerings are always one of a kind & all her creations are meticulously designed & hand sewn. A dear friend & American Artist from Washington State.
OOAK 2013 Janie Comito ~ Fully Jointed Snowy White Squirrel in Acorn Nut Cart Recently Janie was browsing the internet when she came across a National Geographic piece about some white squirrels who inhabit the town of Marionville MO. According to the article, it's something of a mystery how they came there. Janie loves little furry creatures
2014 OOAK Janie Comito~ Velvet Tomato Pin Cushion & Strawberry ~Ladybug Button~ Anticipating that spring will arrive sooner than later, Janie has created a pin cushion with hopes for warmer days. A traditional tomato, hand sewn from red crushed velvet with green embroidered ultra suede leaf appliques decorated with green glass beads, red satin head pins & a perky little vintage ladybug button. A matching glass beaded strawberry emery is attached by a silk ribbon.
2014 OOAK Janie Comito ~ Fairy Gift ~ Primrose Acorn Emery ~ Walnut Bowl~ Rests in a bowl created from a perfectly balanced walnut shell that Janie has lined with vintage velvet leaves & decorated at each end with a triad branch of tiny acorns. The emery is hand sewn from spring green ultra suede & decorated with appliqued white ultra suede primroses with center glass bead embellishment, leaves embroidered tendrils.
OOAK 2013 Janie Comito~ Snowy White Squirrel~ Pin Cushion & Acorn Stick PIn~ Snowy White Squirrel is perched permanently on a ball pin cushion of white velvet with white velvet leaves appliqued on top, accented with pale ice blue embroidery & beads. The seated squirrel measures 1 3/4" tall, & 2" from feet to tail. 3 way jointed: head & arms. Hand sewn from vintage long pile white upholstery velvet, tail of white mohair plush, ultra suede lined ears & paws & feet of ultra suede.
2013 Artist Janie Comito OOAK~ Wee Mary~ Hedgehog Lady~ Thanksgiving- She is Janie's final autumn piece for 2013. She stands 5 3/4" including her wooden stand. She is three way jointed: head & arms. Her & arms & body are made from vintage upholstery velvet. The body is wire armatured as are the arms. Her head is created from a tipped mohair plush. Her eyes are bright onyx beads, & face is needle sculpted, trimmed & hand tinted with fabric paint to impart a life like quality.
Merry In his festive holly trimmed tea cup. Janie's premier Christmas offering. Stands 2 7/8" tall; fully jointed. Hands sewn from vintage long pile blond upholstery velvet & paws of soft brown ultra suede. His arms are armatured. Eyes of bright onyx beads. The face is needle sculpted, trimmed & hand embroidered nose & mouth. A festive hand sewn coat of heavy red & white wool felt with hand embroidered edging. The coat is removable. Fastened by a loop at the neck & a tiny vintage glass button.
2013 OOAK Janie Comito ~ Winter Velvet Pin Cushion with Rhinestone Button & Pin~ It snowed last night in Seattle, just enough to leave a sparkly sheen on everything this morning. In celebration of snow time, Janie has created a winter pin cushion of white velvet. It is handsewn with petal appliques decorated with pearl sheen glass beads, & a beautiful sparkly vintage rhinestone button perfectly matched by a stick pin with a sparkling rhinestone studded head created by Janie. 3" W by 2 1/2" H.
❤ OOAK 2013 Janie Comito Woodbeary Miniature Fairy Bear with Autumn Acorn- Woodbeary Is one of Janie's Fairy Bears. In the late '90s Janie & her husband George created a series of articles that appeared in Teddy Bear & Friends Magazine. Janie's favorite article was a photo piece on Fairy Bears. It showcased not only Janie's tiny Fairy Bears, but of other major miniature artists.This little fellow celebrates the spirit of autumn & Janie's love of the 'wee furry faerie folk' ~By jraggedybear
❤ . . . OOAK 2013 Janie Comito~ Timmy~ Miniature Squirrel & Acorns in Vintage Basket- The baby squirrels have been running up & down the tree in Janie's back yard. Out of the nest & having fun.Timmy, a hand crafted representative of the species has found a basket of acorns. Timmy is inspired by the annual arrival of juvenile squirrels. Janie's fully jointed miniature squirrel is hand sewn from upholstery velvet. He is 2" tall & is wire & armatured in the arms & legs & jointed head arms & legs.
I ❤ pincushions . OOAK 2013 Janie Comito Miniature Mouse-kin Tomato Pin Cushion & Strawberry- Mousekin is wire armatured with three way jointed head & arms, & stuffed with wool. His fur is softly hand detailed (tinted). The tail & ears are ultra suede; his eyes are black onyx beads. He sits 1 1/2" tall. The red velvet pin cushion measures 2 1/2" wide x 2" tall. A tiny red, vintage opaque glass button was sewn for connecting the red velvet strawberry emery that measures 1" long. ~By jraggedybear
❤ 2013 OOAK Janie Comito Velvet Earth Star Pin Cushion on Vintage Spool- A dainty sized & hand sewn from deep green velvet cupped in & capped with green ultra suede. The pin cushion, measuring 1 1/2" wide by 1 3/8" tall, is firmly filled with chopped wool felt, wool fiber & crushed garnet. A charming vintage red glass flower button, is sewn on the center top for keeping your thimble. The pin cushion is affixed to a small wooden Clarks brand spool still containing the original thread.
❤ 2013 OOAK Janie Comito~ Ladybug & White Flowers~ Pin Cushion- The gusseted wool felt pin cushion, measuring 3" wide by 2" tall, is firmly filled with chopped wool felt & wool fiber & with appliqued stylized wool felt flowers, leaves & buds. The flower centers are yellow plastic star buttons. The red glass ladybug button looks to be hand detailed, then fired; it measures 1/2" across. From eBay seller: anniearts ~By jraggedybear
❤ 2013 OOAK Janie Comito~ Deep Green Elvish Acorn~ Glass Beads- Is a unique acorn created from the deep green & pale moss green velvets with decorative beading in tiny pearlized opaque green & two tone clear & green glass beads. The acorn is sewn to fit a lovely large cap from New Hampshire acquired from eBay seller: traderslostart. The acorn measures 1 1/2" high & 1 1/8" across the top. It is firmly filled with crushed garnet mixed with wool. Used to sharpen & clean your needles & pins.
❤ OOAK 2013 Janie Comito~ Sweet Bella Rosina~ Hedgehog Girl With Flower Basket- A little summer hedgehog creation. Janie loves creating hedgehogs :& when she recently acquired the vintage 1940s apron all soft pinks & blues with with roses & forget-me-nots, she could see a little hedgehog girl in a dress made from the material carrying a basket of vintage 1940s velvet forget-me-not flowers. Her lower body & legs are wire armatured & her head :& arms are jointed. ~By jraggedybear
I ❤ pincushions . . . OOAK 2013 Janie Comito Miniature Squirrel, Oak Leaf Pin cushion & Acorn- He is hand sewn from dense pile upholstery velvet, & sits 1 3/4" tall & is wire armatured with three way jointed head & arms & firmly stuffed with wool. His fur is hand detailed (tinted) to give him realistic character. The ears are upholstery velvet bonded to ultra suede; his eyes are black onyx beads. The tail is mohair plush. He is sewn firmly to the pin cushion base. ~By Janie Comito, jraggedybear
❤ Rose Garden Mousekin- Hand embroidered roses & leaves surround one of Janie's tiny hand sewn miniature mice topping a gusseted, ultra suede 2 1/2" x1 1/2" pin cushion hand crafted in spring colors. With a matching stick pin. Mousekin is hand sewn from vintage dense pile upholstery fabric, & firmly stuffed with wool. His fur has been hand tinted to give him realistic character. The tail & ears are ultra suede; his eyes are black onyx beads.1 1/4" nose to rump. ~By Janie Comito, jraggedybear
❤ Janie's wee jointed miniature bear comes in a tiny basket filled with a gusseted pin cushion made to fit, with hand made stick pins of leaves & flowers, created by Janie. May is hand sewn from vintage silver-white long pile upholstery velvet & firmly stuffed with wool. She has jointed head, arms & legs. Her face is needle sculpted & her cheeks are hand tinted to give her a sweet, rosy character & wears an ultra suede flower petal collar with decorative needlework, & measures 1 1/2" tall.
I ❤ pincushions . . . A hand sewn hedgehog atop a wool felt pin cushion hand crafted in soft spring colors cupped inside of, & topped with hand appliqued leaves. Hedgie is hand sewn from tipped dense mohair fabric, & firmly stuffed with wool. His fur has been treated with a stiffening agent that gives him a real quilled effect. The face & ultra suede ears have been hand tinted to give him a sweet realistic character. Hedgie measures 2" from nose to rear. Pincushion 3 1/2 by 2 ~By jraggedybear