Monday, July 25, 2016

Garden Mannequin

Still playing fast and loose!  This is my interpretation of a garden mannequin.


Monday, July 18, 2016

"Carry Me"

This little piece (7” x 10”) is made from fabric scraps glued to a base and stitched down by machine.  It was inspired by Oregon artist Bonny Gorsuch.  In fact, these are some of her scraps I purchased on Etsy (from MyBonny – currently on a short break).  A few years ago she was featured in Sew Somerset magazine (Winter 2010) and told how she created small artworks from scraps of fabric glued to tag board, then stitched.  Her work is a joy to behold!  Her wearable art is amazing!
Some of Bonny’s scraps I used were cut from thrift store clothing such as the dove (originally a sweatshirt motif, I think) and the button tab from a roll-up sleeve shirt!  Other fabrics appear to have been snipped from decorator yardage.  There were words cut from fabric, too.  I just started arranging a few pieces and a bird cage magically appeared (to me, at least!).  I cut out the words “carry me” for a title.  Then I added an old St. Christopher medal I had found in a box of buttons.  Legend has it that St. Christopher (patron saint of travel) would carry people across a raging sea and one of them was Jesus as a child.  Part of a Catholic prayer for protection ends like this: “Carry me safely to my destined place, like you carried Christ in your close embrace.”  The dove made me think of how we carry the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Santa Oceana

Here's another Santa, just finished and photographed.

Old Hippie Santa

He's finally finished and uploaded to my Etsy store.  His paisley shirt is made from a vintage tablecloth.  I made him a little macramé belt consisting of square knots of leather and string.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Isn’t she adorable?  She follows DH around the yard every night.  If he’s not outside by a certain time, she waits for him in front of the house.  And we think she has five kits!  They all live under the little grey barn.

Monday, May 30, 2016

From My Workbench...

I made a pair of bell bottoms for the Hippie Santa.  The denim was recycled from an old dress.  The dress was out of style, but the fabric was still in great shape.  The floral trim was from my mom’s old sewing box and hand appliquéd to the lower edge.  The lace trim was taken from pillowcases that had seen better days.  I just couldn’t bear to throw the lace away. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Hippie Santa WIP

I've begun to work on a Hippie Santa doll.  I used Shisha embroidery, couching, straight stitches, lazy daisy stitches and buttons to embellish his wool felt vest.  The edges were trimmed with up and down buttonhole stitches.  The peace sign was cut from embossed craft felt and sewn by hand to the back.  Embroidering on wool felt is pure joy!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Regency Dress for Miss Elinor Dashwood

I made Elinor's dress from the same modified Morrissey pattern as Marianne's (see previous post) with two alterations.  The sleeves were made from a contrasting fabric (to give the appearance of separate pieces) and the skirt was gathered in the back, leaving the front straight.  I have a doll who wants to pretend she is Austen's Emma Woodhouse - so it's back to the sewing machine, I guess...