I was at the library, looking through art magazines and saw a call for artists- The Art of the Doll at the Pump House, a regional art center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This page has more information. I’ll probably be sending in my slides.

how it really works…

I love watching That’s Clever on HGTV. The artist shows a project, goes to their imaculate work space and in about 8 minutes, it is all done! That’s not how it works at my house.

I was thinking, back on Friday, I really want to get to work on some more Fat Fairies! Up to my attic… pull out the fabric, try to find all the pieces for the patterns. Then I realize that I don’t have enough pinky skin- toned wool left. That means I’ve got to dye some more. Which involves finding a selection of white (ish) wool fabrics to dye. And finding the dye. I KNOW I have both of these neccessities somewhere. First, find the fabric. Okay, look through all the bins that I’ve been trying to organize the wool into. Nope. Then pull out everything in the attic (studio) closet. I didn’t find the fabric I want but I decide to try reorganizing it again to see if I can make the space work any better. And get rid of some of the stuff. Now go into the deeper attic storage areas. Actually I’ve been meaning to sort through that stuff anyway. I now have a big pile of stuff to sell on ebay- related to wool rug hooking- and another pile of fabric to donate to the Fashion School in Boston. And I finally did find some white fabric, although I’m pretty sure there is more around here somewhere. Finding the dye was a similar adventure, but now- this afternoon – I have a nice pile of pink skin tones in a variety of wooly texture. Here they are, pre-ironing, ready to join my bin of multi-hued skin tone fabrics!


yikes! Whip Up!

What a surprise! I got a note from Amanda Lee last night telling me that my dolls were on Whip Up! I haven’t figured out what Whip Up is exactly- a crafty version of BoingBoing maybe? But then I’m kind of slow with this stuff… I still haven’t figured out how Flickr really works for people and how I could be using it- and I’ve been thinking about that for more then a year now!

Anyway- seeing such a nice post about my work is very inspiring! It got me right back up to my attic this morning, cutting out lots of new dolls. More fat fairies, grandma, big men and at least one mermaid- soon I hope!

Doll club today

Doll club was great today. We did a community project- making dolls for kids (mostly babies and tots) at a homeless shelter. I donated the pattern for my sweater baby. It was so much fun to see what everyone came up with!


Also, I sold my Fat Fairy- Thanks Lois!

fat fairy particulars

all the stuff I should have written in the last post, but somehow didn’t think of it.

This is my first fairy ever!
She is 20 inches tall.
She is mostly wool- her “skin” and “leotard” are wool. Her skirt is 2 layers of gold netting and and one layer of green acetate.
She is stuffed with wool.
Her hair is wool boucle. It is crocheted like a hat, stuffed and then sewn onto the head.
The flowers are little papery ones- made in China and bought at my local Arts and Crafts store- 79 cents for about 25 of them. I pull the little bunches apart to use them.

Did I forget anything?