Twig Hat McGrumple Face
I found this illustration in an old book without titles or descriptions, which allowed my imagination to run wild, coming up with backstories for these strange creatures. I call this one Twig Hat McGrumple Face for several reasons. One, the twig hat is super obvious (my bad). The other, she reminds a little bit of the server at one of our favorite restaurants who exudes so much dissatisfaction at our presence that we've affectionately dubbed her McGruntle Pants. I think they might be sisters.
This illustration is from a 1565 book published by the Parisian bookseller Richard Breton called "The Drolatic Dreams of Pentagruel." It's chock full of strange creatures like this, just begging to be shown to a modern audience (which is where me and my needle come in).
Single strand embroidery on cream cotton in a hand-painted, six-inch hoop.