Monday, March 12, 2018

Spring Wreath

Years ago I made an Easter wreath, which I hang every year.

This year I decided to make a new wreath, something floral.  Michael's was having a 40% off sale on their floral supplies so I bought a grapevine wreath, some hydrangea and rose blossoms and greenery.

I wired the flowers and greenery onto the grapevine wreath

Almost finished....

And here it is finished, hanging on the front door.
A little bit of spring on my front door.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cora - A Valentine Doll

She wasn't quite ready for Valentine's Day, but here she is.

This is "Cora".  

Her body is silk charmeuse, eco printed with eucalyptus, iron blanket, steamed one hour.  

Her hair is hand dyed mohair.  Her face is colored with prisma pencils, pastels and acrylic paint.

Thursday, February 8, 2018


My project for Valentine's Day this year:  felted hearts, embroidered and beaded.

Here they are all together

And in a dish

And on a table with other decorations

Monday, November 6, 2017

International Quilt Festival 2017 part 2

Another quilt festival has come and gone.  My purchases were slim this year.  I have so many supplies from previous years that I have yet to use.
Needles, silk thread, trims, shibori ribbon, blunt tip scissors, and a new snowman for my collection. :)

This year I took a felted "cracked mud" scarf class from Vickie Clontz.  Vickie is a fun teacher.  I've taken a class from her before. And it's always fun to take a class to learn a new technique!  Here is my scarf:

I think there are some "cracked mud" dolls in my future!

The highlight of quilt festival is always the doll exhibits.  Here are a couple of shots.  

I posted photos of my dolls in the exhibits in my previous post.

I also enjoy the quilt exhibits and here are a few of my favorites this year.  I apologize for not having the artists names for these:

These two are by Sue Spargo - I love her work!

And this wonderful piece by my friends Ginny Eckley and Susan Ennis:
King Bird of Paradise Quilt won 1st Place in the Art category!  Congratulations ladies!

Friday, November 3, 2017

International Quilt Festival 2017 part 1

The International Quilt Festival is in full swing! This year I have dolls in three of the exhibits:  
"Hannah" in the In Celebration of the Doll invitational exhibit. 
The clothing is made from hand felted merino wool which has been eco-printed with eucalyptus leaves, vintage cotton lace and hand dyed silk chiffon.  The face is sculpted with needle and thread, and colored with pastels and prisma pencils.

"Faith, Hope & Charity" in the Material Girls exhibit.
These dolls are also eco-printed with eucalyptus, oak, Japanese maple & rose leaves.

"Anticipation" and "Remembrance" in the Now and Then TAODA exhibit.
Made with hand dyed silk satin, silk gauze and pearl cotton braid. "Anticipation" is eco-printed with Chinese tallow and chinaberry leaves, symbolizing radiance and hope. "Remembrance" is eco-printed printed with oak leaves, which symbolizes strength and stability.  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Eco-Printing and Art Dolls

My newest passion is eco-printing!  I love that you can take leaves and flowers from your own garden and print them directly onto fabric.  Here are two of my newest eco-printed dolls, which will debut at the International Quilt Festival this year in the TAODA "Past and Present" art doll exhibit. 

Remembrance and Anticipation

Both pieces are made with hand dyed silk satin, silk gauze and pearl cotton braid.

Remembrance is printed with oak leaves, which symbolizes strength and stability.  

Anticipation is printed with Chinese tallow and chinaberry leaves, symbolizing radiance and hope. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

New Show at Galveston Art League

The Texas Association of Original Doll Artists has a new show at the Galveston Art League.  The show, "Galveston, Oh Galveston", is designed to highlight historical sites, tourist attractions, and annual events on the island. 

I have two pieces in this show:
"Adella and Albie"
Adella's tail and Albie's shell are tussah silk fusion

Adella's mohair locks are adorned with tiny shells and beads.

Adella and Albie are soft sculpture; facial features are colored with pastels and prisma pencils.
The title card which accompanies Adella and Albie says: "The waters surrounding Galveston Island support a wide variety of sea life."  

My second piece is "Flow My Tears":
This is a hanging piece.  It was hard to get a good photograph. She is 24" tall.  Her gown is hand dyed silk habotai.  Her cloak is nuno felted 
merino wool and metallic silver netting with silk chiffon rosettes and beads.  The title card states: "The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 is the deadliest natural disaster in United States history."  This piece was inspired by something I had read recently about all the orphans who had perished in the hurricane along with the Sisters of Charity who cared for them at St. Mary's Orphan Asylum.

Some photos from the opening reception:

 These were taken my my daughter. 

It's a great show!  Lots of wonderful dolls and more.  The show runs through July 30.