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Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Almost finished. In the book "The Wee Free Men", Miss Tick is wearing a straw hat with paper flowers that mechanically transforms into a witch's pointed hat. So I started from a witch's hat and twisted and sewed it down, before adding paper flowers (grubby from continually falling to the ground and being rained upon.)

I made these boots from felt. Here they are drying in the sun. I will finish her props later this evening. Now my only quandrary is her stand.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Miss Tick clothing WIP

Here are some more wip's of Miss Tick. Her petticoat has been dyed with coffee and stained with paint, and her black dress, once no doubt fine has been sadly damaged by her repeated dips in ponds by witchhunting peasants and by her sojourn on the road in rainy weather.

I still have her hair, footwear, props and rather unusual hat (she is in disguise) to complete. By Wednesday.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Miss Tick WIP continues.

Putting the wadding over the wire armature.

The mummy stage. Next: hands.

One finished, one WIP

Finished Blue and White doll. I knew I had a porcelain bead somewhere.

Miss Tick moves forward. I think I'll get her done just under the wire.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Blue and White WIP

Here are WIP shots of my latest commission, intended to evoke Royal Copenhagen blue and white china ware. I was so lucky to have a sample of this linen blend toille fabric, once more from my MIL's gift stash. I haven't sealed the face yet. Below are petals for the skirt from some other fabric.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Finished mermaid

Jayn made the face and as usual chose the hair yarn combination.
Recycled element - the "fish net" is a produce bag.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Ongoing WIP

Stil hard at work on the commissioned mermaid. This is a shot of my "project tray". I like to put a smallish ongoing project onto a tray to keep the delicious ingredients together, and so that I can move it from place to place in my matchbox...I mean apartment...including off the dining table or off the ironing board. I reuse the plastic bowls and dishes that microwave meals come in for all kinds of crafting purposes, like holding my immediate supplies. I use screw top lidded jars from the kitchen supply aisle so that I can transport threads and stuff out of the house in a bag or (crocheted plarn) basket. These ones from Ziploc are just the right size, and the lids work as a bead tray too.
The tray itself has a story. One day I'll post a picture of it empty (if it ever is empty). It's from my late father-in-law's house. It's a framed poster from one of his most famous cowboy movies, The Magnificent Seven, with a couple of drawer pulls as handles. I swear I didn't make it, although it definitely is the kind of thing I would make!