Home from vgfa retreat

A week without cooking was a treat for me and it was great to spend so much time on one project. The doll isn’t finished yet, I might still do another set of hands, making her satin shoes with leather soles is killing my finger tips, it does help when I put on my thimble.  I glued them on the other night, not happy, I ripped them off. Now I am having a rethink, I want to put sequins on her shoes. Her cloak is still being sewn, I have overlaid organza over a striped satin fabric and am now adding extra rows of machine stitching on top of the organza. I am not sure about the inside of the fabric, it will show and I am thinking I need a lining, so it won’t match the sleeves.

Akira Blount’s class was wonderful, I hadn’t sculpted a head out of knit fabric before, it then had to be stiffened and a gauze applied over the top, the same with the hands.  We made our own patterns, so we ended up with a size that we liked to work on.   No stress, and I think a few more days of work are needed yet.

Her name is Constance Louisa after my grandma’s. She is Edwardian, a dear old soul, who thinks she is the guardian of the flowers and likes to wander in the garden at all times of the day or night.  She has a serene look and thinks the flowers have had a good year and is sad to see that they are fading.  She is fading herself but that doesn’t bother her as much.

She is not ready for her photo shoot yet but here are a few details.

Doll Retreat

Starting Easter Sunday, I will be at a Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts retreat. The retreat is north of Maple Ridge in the valley and is at the Loon lake ubc  research site. I am taking a doll making course with Akria Blount,she does some lovely work, I have seen her dvd and I am quite excited to attend. Seven members of our doll group are attending the five day course.  The 40th  anniversary dinner of the guild is on Saturday night.

After finding the metal flower shapes, I finally had my inspiration.  I am thinking an older woman, a faded beauty, the keeper of the flowers. I had a couple of other pieces of metal found objects and I’ll take them along as well. Now I am gathering the rest of the materials. I have tea dyed my fabrics and I think I’ll take some silk as well as the recommended cottons. Just need to locate the fibres for her hair. (She’ll be a faded red head)

I am nearly ready to go, 2 sewing machines, a pile of bedding, one bag of snacks, one huge rubbermaid container of doll stuff,  and a large suitcase of clothes and necessities.