Friday, September 28, 2012

I Love Fall!

I love fall!  Over the last four years I have made some leaf people to celebrate the season.  Here is a sampling:
"The Wind and the Leaves at Play"

"Leaf Me Alone!"

"The Pride of Autumn", which ended up on the cover of Doll Crafter and Costuming Magazine, November 2009

"Autumn's Last Dance"

"Maple Leaf Shim Sham"

"Maple Leaf Rag", inspired by the Scott Joplin tune

"Maple Leaf Rag" is the only one still available, at Hollywood Frame Gallery in Houston.

Happy Fall!

Friday, September 21, 2012


The show at Hanson Galleries is up and looks beautiful!  The piece I entered in the show is titled "Bianca".

And here she is under construction.  I began with a base fabric - white robe velour - which I then covered with lace.

Flowers made of silk ribbon are sewn on, along with beads and sequins.

The face is needlesculpted:

Different colors of mohair are auditioned for her hair.

Fabric is dyed for the wig cap.
The wig cap is formed on her head, and the mohair is added in layers.

All this mohair is swept up into a chignon at the base of her neck.  More flowers are fastened in her hair, pearl drop earings are added, and "Bianca" is complete.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Reception Tonight!

Earlier this week we delivered all the dolls to Hanson Galleries for TAODA's "Cutting a Fine Figure" show.  This afternoon I'll be picking up some party trays and heading to.....

5000 Westheimer #106

Houston, TX 77056

Reception Tonight!

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Felting Boots

I’ve begun a new piece, a boy and his dog, and decided the boy needed a pair of felted boots.
I used merino wool and silk tussah.

I laid them out over a resist pattern for the boots.

beginning to felt

rolling in a matchstick blind

time to remove the resist

The piece is cut open and the plastic resist inside is removed.  Then the boots are turned right side out

and shaped some more on a wash board.

I wanted to trim the boots wtih ultra suede but needed a slightly darker grey than what I have.  So, Rit dye to the rescue.....

And the finished boots go on the feet.