Merry Christmas everybody! I hope all of you are more organized and ready then I am- I will be making stuff on Tuesday for the last few family gifts… I will be traveling down to see relatives for a few days mid-week. I am working on these ornaments- I am thinking of them as flat dolls, which makes me smile.
I continue to be optimistic and post new photos… and then freak out when they don’t consistently load. Must be something they have a drug for. Anyway, today… Mango has found the most perfect spot to sleep on a sunny morning- the place I set up to photograph the dolls.
I finished this sweater baby last week-
Today I was at my local Trader Joe’s when apparently the numbers on my sales receipt came up just right- bells were rung, I got to spin a wheel and I came home with a free bouquet of flowers. It made my day!
As you have probably noticed if you are reading this, I have continued to have a certain amount of technical problems with my blog since the great meltdown. The photos aren’t consistently loading (mostly not) … oh, you’ve noticed? Hopefully it will get resolved soon.
Anyway, here are some links I’ve been meaning to post-
Eeyorfactory is my neighbor Heidi. Aren’t her kids’ clothes amazing?
A few weeks ago, I went to see Crafts at the Castle, one of the high end craft shows in Boston. It is always worth a visit to see the beautiful work. One of my favorites- Sarmite Wearable Art. Wow! I can’t see myself wearing one of these since I go in for invisible as a fashion statement, but I’d LOVE to have access to their scrap pile! The fabrics were so delicious! The colors and texture…. maybe I should write and ask… would that be too strange?
very cool- Laura Balombini
This intrigued me- Danielle Gori-Montanelli . Her jewelry is made of felt. Beautiful colors, wool and in a variety of thicknesses up to about 1/4 inch. I asked her where it came from and she told me it is Italian. Does anybody know how I could get some of that thick (1/4 inch), soft (you could cut it with scissors), wool felt? Is it available anywhere online?
I started this guy back in October but got distracted by other ideas. I was inspired to finish him to take to the sale last weekend. Having robot dolls on my table attracted customers I’m not used to seeing… men!
I wonder how much call there ever was for gray rick rack?
And here is the back- that’s what I always want to see -
I’ll be out of town for a few days- my Mom’s 90th birthday!
Fat fairy 11 is my November colored fairy- dark olive green, gold, red. Her body is made from hand dyed wool. I bought a box of wool fabrics years ago at an estate sale- the lady made hooked rugs. The fabric is finally finding its’ way into my work…
Her skirt is made from a metallic fabric that I bought last summer when I was out in Chicago. Her hair is made of felted wool roving. Here are her wings-
I’ve spent all of the morning trying to take advantage of the minimal light to get some decent photos to post on my Etsy shop. I’ll be doing more tomorrow when hopefully there
will be better light.
It is going to take some time to get it all posted so if there is anything you’ve seen in the past few weeks that you are curious about or interested in, please email me. I am still catching up with the photo postings of what I did last week. Here is fat fairy #10.
a sort of side view-
and back. She has a double skirt- 2 colors of shimmery translucent fabric.
I will be doing a BIG shop update in the next few days- that will tell you something about how the sale went this week-end! Oh well, thank goodness it wasn’t the first show I ever did or I would be very discouraged. It really turned out that it was not the right venue for me. I was able to talk to some of the other people who were selling and got some good ideas for other places that might work better for me. It is always an ongoing learning process.
I’ve already put a few things up in my Etsy shop this evening if you want to check them out.
Yikes! The Holly Fair set up is today and I haven’t caught up posting pictures of my new work. Here are 2 more kitties- sweet, gray, kitty 8-
She is made of a woven wool fabric- maybe from a coat or something. Her skirt is reproduction 30′s (I think) fabric with little bunnies on it. Her sweater is a recycled wool sweater, embroidered with wool. Here is a closer look-
Kitty 9 is made from a soft woven wool from my Mom’s stuff. I sort of remember that she had made herself a suit from it. It feels really nice and is tightly woven- beautiful to sew.
His jacket is made from a wool/angora blend sweater- I made one of the sweater babies out of it too. I lined it with a plaid cotton. Wool felt scarf and messenger bag.
and here is the back side-
It is probably obvious how different these two cats are- as I said earlier, I’ve been tweaking the pattern.
Today was our doll club holiday lunch. We do a swap every year, and this year I suggested that we might do pincushions. That was what prompted my article on make-dos for the club newsletter. Here is mine in progress-
I piled up some of my wool scraps in the bottom. Here it the finished object-
I was VERY inspired by Kristen’s pins- my version!