this is the way these pieces happen-
I’d been thinking about ladies in curlers for a while. I even mentioned it at the end of this post. I pulled out my grandma/big lady design and got to work, cutting out the main body pieces, looking at photos tagged “housecoat” and “curlers” on Flickr. btw- Who ever knew there are curler fetishists?! The things I learn everyday!
I start doing floral applique on the body pieces and soon it seemed way too pretty to be a housecoat. That’s when I started the purple one. Sometimes a project goes it’s own way and there is no point trying to force it into towards where I thought I was going.
And another detour. I drew the face on paper, cut it out, made myself a little stencil and transfered the features… but somehow my happy smiling grandma turned into this-
She looks terrified! Somehow I was unable to see that until I was all done and ready to take photos. So, back upstairs for a face rework-
Much better! She actually looks happy now.
I am thinking of her as the post-curler grandma- look at her lovely hair-
The photo is washed out, but the embroidery floss I used is variegated light blue.
and the back-
and the bottom of her shoes-
and one last photo- she is sitting in the thyme and lavender- so perfect for a grandma.
Now- the flower of the day- an amazing poppy! Too bad they only last for one day-
One last thing- has everyone read Shula’s wise words/rant on the topic of crafting and craft bloggers? Wow, can she say it! I felt she was speaking right to me, although not about my recent personal experience. Just happened to come up at the same time.