Wednesday, March 4, 2015

More Faux Taxidermy

I am having fun creating a Natural History Museum inspired mantle.  I have used a couple of Emma Hall patterns, a free pattern from Mr. Finch and made a moth inspired by him (amazing artist).  The deer head was inspired by a free pattern from here.  I added lace and wire antlers and changed the shaping a little.  I need more practice on making my own animal patterns.  I do not think three dimensionally very well when it comes to pattern making.  It does challenge me and I have more fun creating the details than making the pattern but I have a lot of ideas for patterns that do not exist so I will have to give it a try.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Making my own Spring

We are still buried in snow but I have made my own Spring with this pattern from Mr. Finch and Selvedge magazine.  These are made from walnut ink dyed muslin and old velvet. No maintenance required but they may take a while to bloom!

Here is a brown March hare that I made from an Emma Hall pattern. He is ready for Spring too!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nuts about Squirrels

I made this little guy recently for a friend of my son who is nuts about squirrels.  He is made from felted wool sweaters.  I love working with wool because it is so forgiving.  The antique tin was the perfect back drop!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine Crafternoon

Some friends spent a wonderful snowy afternoon in my cozy studio crafting handmade Valentines.  We had lunch and shortbread hearts and made some lovely Valentines.  I still have the most fun with paper, scissors and glue!

Even my mannequin Lucille dressed for the occasion

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

My Heart Belongs to You

A new doll and another project finished for 2015.  This little dolly has been sitting around for a while (several years) and just needed finishing.

I used an old linen calendar towel from 1967 for her pants and part of a one hundred year scripted letter for her party hat.  I like all the typography on this doll.

I made this soldered heart with the stamped solder technique in Terri Brush's molten lava II class.  I used some colored patina on it for a different effect.

Happy Valentine's Day to You!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Doll Making Workshop

This is something I have wanted to do for a long time.  Right here at my studio in Walpole, New Hampshire on April 18th and 19th.  Join me for two days of crafting, companionship and good lunches!   Cost is $135 total for both days.  Homemade lunch is included.  Email me if you are interested.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Finishing Projects

My goal for 2015 is to finish projects that have been on my list, are half done or ones for which I have materials laying about cluttering up my studio.  With that said, here is a project that I finished this week.  I have a beautiful quilt made by my friend Racheal and I felt that I needed some coordinating pillowcases to dress up our bed and highlight that lovely quilt.  I used this "burrito" style pillowcase tutorial which is very well written and easy to follow.  Making pretty pillowcases could become addicting.  However, I need to focus and turn back to my list of unfinished projects!  See how easily I become distracted.  Hopeless....