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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.

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The Artistry of Janie Comito

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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

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    She made a little white squirrel in January and ~ not having made an 'acorn cart' for some while, decided to make one for a February squirrel. Snowy White Squirrel Is a fully ( 5 way ) jointed miniature creation 2 1/4" tall, hand sewn from vintage long pile white upholstery velvet, tail of white mohair plush, ultra suede lined ears and paws and feet of ultra suede. His eyes are bright onyx bead eyes. He's firmly stuffed with wool and the legs and arms are wire armatured as well as jointed. He holds a small, Janie made acorn; both squirrel and acorn come out to play when they're tired of riding. The cart is made from a large walnut half with real tiny acorn wheels attached to apple twigs the pull handle is an Oak twig with acorn embellishment. The cart is lined and decorated with vintage velvet leaves. The cart including handle measures 5" long. The little acorn is 1" long

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.

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    The pin cushion measures 2 1/4" wide by 2" tall. It is firmly filled with chopped wool felt and wool fiber. The strawberry is 1 1/4" long and is filled with crushed garnet mixed with wool.

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.

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    Sewn to fit a lovely large cap from New Hampshire acquired on eBay from eBay seller: traderslostart. The acorn measures 1 3/8" long & 1 1/8" across the top. It is firmly filled with crushed garnet mixed with wool. Janie's acorn emeries are used to sharpen & clean your needles & pins and make a pretty addition to a sewing basket or they can simply be ornamental. The walnut bowl measures 4" long including acorn handles.

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.

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    His eyes are bright onyx bead eyes. He's firmly stuffed with wool and the legs are wire armatured. Snowy Squirrel wears an ice blue ultra suede collar with pearly glass beads. The acorn stick pin with a large natural cap from eBay friend traderslostart in New Hampshire, is made from velvet and ultra suede with glass bead accents ~ to complete the ensemble. The white pearl head pins shown in the photos are included ~ of course. The pin cushion is 2" tall x 2 1/2" wide; and is firmly stuffed with wool and chopped wool felt. ****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 ~ and white squirrels seemed to fit into a winter fantasy to begin the new year!

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.

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    The fur has been stiffened to create Wee Mary's prickles. Wee Mary wears a hand sewn dress of calico with a tiny leaf print. Janie has collected antique lace pieces for many years and has used a piece from the late 1800s for the apron and another vintage hand worked piece for Mary's tippet-shawl. The buttons decorating the front are antique faceted onyx-glass. She wears bloomers of antique linen (not seen in the photographs. The Pumpkins are hand sewn of wool felt; one is permanently fixed to the stand and the other fills Mary's basket. The oak leaves are hand made by Janie from vintage materials. The stand is a wood disc covered with dark green felt and decorated with vintage velvet leaves. Wee Mary's feet are sewn to the stand.

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.

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    The tea cup was a special antique store find. It has been used of course, but is in fine condition. It was made in Germany and the hallmarks are shown in the photograph and appear to be 20th century. It also bears a signature on the saucer that indicates that it was hand painted (see photo). The holly leaves and berries are softly and prettily rendered in; the cup and saucer are edged in green. The saucer measures 6" across and the cup is 3 1/2" across and 2 1/4" deep.

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. ~By jraggedybear

2013 OOAK Janie Comito ~ Ladybug & White Flowers ~ Pin Cushion

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❤ 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.

2013 OOAK Janie Comito~ Deep Green Elvish Acorn ~ Glass Beads

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❤ 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