Saturday, January 26, 2019

Rag Bag Gals Summer Swap

I finally created a book to hold all the RBG Summer Swap pages.  The pages measure 4" x 6" and are both landscape and portrait.  I thought I would make it a gate fold cover and make the book 7" x 7".   Here are pics of the finished book.
Book open to first pages.  They overlap a bit in the center since they are 4" wide and the book is 7".

Pages open showing the two page orientations.  I attached pieces of lace to the spine side of the pages then attached the lace to the spine.

Spine with buttons as decoration.  They are sewed along the same lines as the lace was attached.

View looking down into the book.

Book Back.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Completed book!

I created a page for my book with the Colleen doll.  Here is her page and tag.
Since the book was getting very thick, I decided I had enough pages so I finished it.  Here are some pics of the finished bound book.  Complete directions on how I did it are found on my Book Bindings page. Now on to the next one!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Another new doll but didn't post! - Colleen , Couturier to the Fairies

I made this doll as a gift to a dear friend who wrote a fabulous article for Art Doll Quarterly.  She is seated on a Mushroom, holds a fairy dress on a hanger being admired by a little Fairy Friend who is saying OOOOH! is that mine? about the new dress Colleen is holding.  Colleen is wearing her fav outfit - a striped vest, lacy flowey blouse, frayed jeans, over the shoulder bag, lots of funky jewelry and her laceup sandles and ankle bracelets.  She is created from my Style of her Own pattern with a cloth over clay over cloth face.
closeup of her outfit.
Face close-up

Fairy dress on Hanger

Just Colleen

Her Fairy Friend                                                                   Her Forest Seat

Her Stylish Sandels 

More Book in Progress pages

 Actually, the book is almost done - don't like one of the pages so re-doing it.  Here are some more of the pages and their accompanying tags with the Stories.  The only new doll is Colleen which I made for a dear friend.  There are 10 dolls total.

Late Again! Tea Anyone?

Colleen - Couturier to the Fairies

Puppy Love
Alice is that you?

The Bride as a Child

The Scholar

New Doll Finished

Recently attended a quilt show in PA with some friends and found some interesting animal batik scraps for about $1 each so though I would make a new doll around them.  This dol, the Lion Queen, l is created using piece parts from some of my other patterns-mainly a reduced version of my bead joint witch, Flying in Style.. Her diamonds are from the quilt show fabric.  I also created her chair from twigs and a scrap of pressboard with the help of Apoxy Sculpt.  The top of her staff was a parking lot find!

I also created a friend giraffe for her.  I created a small stencil for the body for the spots.  It is an original pattern.  A view of her throne before she took possession.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

New Book in Progress

Last year I started a new cloth book.  I was inspired by the Movie "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" and an article that appearred in Somerset Studio's as a challange.  I decided to use my own dolls for the "children"  I haven't settled on a name yet, but it will have friends in the title.  Here are the first three pages.  Only 6 ore to go!
The doll pictured here is Bad Dog  The pull out tag has a short story about Alfreda (who to me looks like Alfred E. Newman's Sister from another mother.

This doll is Frida as a child but the story is about Felicia.

This lady is my Rag Bag Gal but for the book I have named her Hibiscus since I dyed some of her fabrics and trims with Hibiscus tea from Panera Bread!
Now on to the next - hopefully I will finish the book this year!  I have 6 more "Imaginary Friends" to go.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Flying Witch

I started this doll I believe at the end of Last year.  I have had the idea in my head forever! I had this beautiful fabric I won from Hoffman.  It was purple with gold scrolls.  I back painted it black to make the gold stand out more and it worked perfectly!  I wanted her to look like she was flying, so created a base with a "hovering" broom over a countryside for her to perch on.  She is very stylish - 5 different skirts, lots of embellishements and those shoes!!!!  She is bead jointed and can be removed from her broomstick and sit anywhere.  She is larger than I usually work - 22".  Her hair is a deconstructed sweater in the perfect color.  The feathers in her hat are from a poor chicken that was scattered in my yard one morning - probably a snack for our elusive fox.  More closeups.

Her standing.  Her hand is temporally pinned to her hat.

 Closeup of her face and hair.

 Side view of he hat and charms.
And of course those shoes.  Trimmed with hand made bats!  I did trim off those threads. 

Flying in Style is currently residing in her new home in the Midwest.