Can you see her?

Your fairy is called Fire Rainbowdancer
She is a fortune bringer.
She lives where fireflies mate and breed.
She is only seen when the bees swarm and the crickets chirrup.
Her dresses glow with fiery colours. She has multicoloured wings like a butterfly.
Get your free fairy name here!

I can in my mind’s eye. I have the perfect fabric, packed up off site, it has all the rainbow colours, a lovely batik with round spots in gentle curves through out the pattern and the fabric is a dobby style with little texture bits throughout. The wings, I’d love to use the watermelon textiva. a couple of layers together will make it look less pink. I’ll have to experiment a bit.

Fairy shoes and striped socks.

I was excited last week to see my friend Robin’s work in the gallery at Treenway silk. Her art dolls are beautiful and the fairy shoes are amazing. She hand dyes her fabrics and makes silk fusion for the shoes.
Finally, my husband’s socks are finished, I used the Regia from Webs and I really like how they knitted up.

Dolls for the exhibit.

It has been quite the week of doll making, but I have accomplished my goals. My doll was nearly all hand sewn and as a result my right index finger is sore and tender. My hands feel pretty beat up today, I’ve had the spray paint out to paint the stand and rubber or contact cement stuff (really horribly stinky glue) is stuck to all of my fingers. So my hands have been going thru soap, paint remover and hand lotion and I hope my nails look better tomorrow.

I am quite pleased with my Venetian Peacock. I have been thinking of her for quite a few months but had trouble with the armature and then of course, I couldn’t turn the fingers worth a darn. The fabrics, I have collected over the last few years. I had fun using the fringe on the fabric.

My Fish Goddess series, is the most abstract I have done. It represents my feelings about the fishing industry and the problems of overfishing.
The artifact, was a yellow chamois and it was stanined with walnut ink and laced together with leather cord. The symbols on her are all ancient symbols for fish, water, rain and regeneration. The primitive doll with the net, and shell beads uses a watery cotton fabric. The doll with the polymer face is made with silk fusion and decorated with machine stitchery to look like waves and has beads to represent the rain.

Tuesday night is the opening reception.

You’re Invited

The Coast Character Doll Artists are having an exhibit at the Seymour Art Gallery in North Vancouver. Click on the photos for details of times and dates. I still have a bit of work to do on my last doll. She is based on the colours of a peacock and my other 3 dolls are abstract about the fishing industry. I will have my photos of the doll group showing on a video screen and I still have the book cover for the artist statements and cv’s to finish.

On the 11th, I can then think about my other commitments, june capsule contest, coat sewalong and a course on line on creative mixed media journalling techniques.

I ‘ve joined a few things.

I have decided to join a few things, all starting next month.
The great Coat Sewalong with Marji, and my coat pattern is B4665. I should be able to get a coat sewn in the length of time suggested.
Now is the time for gathering materials, I have the fabric and lining, still need to get fabric to make a muslin.
I have a couple of coats hanging on the rack not finished after a couple of years. I hated the fit on one, the fabric I had one in a draw, mut be six or more years ago now. It was a raincoat and I still think it could be restyled into something else.
The other one was a Vogue coat, in a faux sherpa, probably too hot for this climate even on the coldest of days. The darn thing sheds like a *******, and eveything needs the vacuum run over it, before and after sewing.

The June Capsule wardrobe contest on Stitchers Guild and that requires 4 items that co-ordinate plus an accessory and the only rule is no black.

I just haven’t had too much time to get out fabric and plan. I still need to concentrate on doll making, getting the artist statement and cv together. I ‘ve been having a few problems, glue shows on the polymer clay, can’t seem to make fingers in cloth, the book cover for the artists isn’t doing what I’d envisioned.

Paper Collage Dancers

These are the little dancers, I worked on last weekend. Not my usual colours. That was all predetermined by picking a number out of a hat, and going to my assigned work table. I quite enjoyed this little project.

BTW, this is post 100.

Birthday Collage Dancer

Here is a little dancer, I made after my workshop on Saturday. She is paper with collaged maps, music , wrapping paper and words. I used my little P-touch Brother labeller for some of the words. She was given to a relative having her 80th birthday.

Two Dolls.

The dark doll is made of Papervol, which is a glue like substance which coats all the pieces of fabric which are wrapped over the wire armature. The base is a wooden fence filial covered in a paper towel dipped in Papervol. This is waterproof and is able to be outside but not perhaps in the strong hot sun. I based her on a fashion model uncomfortably balanced on a perch. Her name ” On Edge”.

This doll is from a challenge based on a package or wrapped gift. She is based on a traditional Christmas cracker. The bottom two layers of her dress can be pulled apart, one end goes over her torso and head, with bows tied on the end, she looks like a very large cracker that you would pull apart to get your party hat. The outer layer of the cracker is gold Christmas fabric and the dress fabric is covered with gold snowflakes. Her hair is needlefelted with gold angelina fibers added for sparkle.

They will be in a doll exhibit at Ron Andrews recreation centre for the month of December starting on the second.

Library Knitting books.

I’ve had a couple of books out lately, although I find my fiction books much more compelling. Knitting Lessons is really about the process, how people have been caught up with knitting, what they learn about themselves and knitting. Mother of Purl is another interesting book, I liked the format of the book, there are a few patterns for simple tops that I am quite intriqued with and am considering knitting them up.

I have been working on a doll tonight, I am redoing the head, arms and legs of a doll that I had made for a challenge last Christmas. There is an exhibit in a couple of weeks, so I am happy with her new head, I needlefelted her hair and added angelina fibers for a bit of sparkle. The legs took a couple of hours and the arms so far about 3 hours, now it is time to stuff them. The hands aren’t perfect yet but her old hands were ugly and I have more hope for this pair.

Rip, Rip

I hate having to rip out my sewing. Yesterday and today that is all I seem to have done. Two Tshirts, I had to carefully rip out hemlines, necklines and sleeve hems. This was partly because the twin needle kept skipping and I had to replace it. Then I did some hems with a zigzag —more ripping out was needed.
I tried to redraw a plain t shirt front to have a draped neck. Another failure, but I know what to do now.
Knitting, socks and scarf were ripped back a few times.
Paper dolls recut and recut. Not finished.
Then in a moment of frustration, I grabbed my old felted hat which didn’t fit. So late last night, I took my rotary cutter and adjusted the curled up brim and today I took the scissors to the crown . I figure I had nothing to lose, I certainly wasn’t going to wear the hat the way it was. I will leave my sewing machine for another day.

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