Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014


Got a lot done over the weekend. This doll came together fast.
Not entirely sure I like this dragon. Details this small are so hard to do.
I need to work out a cloak design that allows the front of the skirt to be shown. I may set her aside a few days and work on something else while I think about this. Other than that she's coming along pretty great. What do you think?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday's Worktable

Started a new felt doll. She's a mini Maleficent. I know, why do another one, right? Well I never had a chance to add the dragon to my challenge piece and I really wanted to do that. I also cut out Goldylocks too. I'll show wips after the weekend.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Moving On To Other Things Now...

Now that Maleficent is finished I can move on to other projects, namely my fairytale dolls.

Besides Hansel and Gretel, I have also finished Little Red Ridinghood and Wolfie. Here are some wips. I plan on showing all the dolls together when they are done.

I've been playing around with the idea of doing the witch from Hansel and Gretel but then do I need to do Red's grandmother too? The list of characters seems endless and I'm not sure I want to devote so much time to adding more when I'm not sure how well they may be received.

I'm trying to produce enough stock to reopen my etsy store, so I do want to make another set and am considering Goldylocks or maybe the 3 Little Pigs. My daughter wants me to do Pocahontas and Aladdin. I've been doing mostly Grimm type tales since the embroidery I'm doing fits best with that Old World theme, but I'm always happy to hear any ideas you all may have.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Maleficent is Finished!

Because of time constraints I couldn't add the dragon element that I really wanted but I'm pretty happy with how the whole thing turned out. Here she is in all her glory.
This piece is so large (30" x 25") that I had to take it out to the patio to take photos. The background was supposed to be more detailed but again time was a factor.
I did some simple details on the sides and the top of the shadowbox.
This entire piece was hand sewn from felt except for the crystal on her staff, that is a wooden ball I painted. 
Here's the detail of the throne.
I ended up working on this folding table in the dining room cause I didn't have enough space in my really small studio.
Selfie with Maleficent. I hope you all enjoyed seeing the progress and final of this piece.

PART 1 of this project can be found here. PART 2 can be found here and PART 3 here.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

More Wips On The Maleficent Piece

Well it's been slow going. Both my dogs got sick and one need surgery so it was a stressful time here in Sassyland. Lita had butt trouble again and we got her to the vet just in time before her butt ruptured again. Antibiotics and a few check ups and she's fine. Olive had abscesses in her mouth and had 2 teeth pulled and complicated gum surgery. She looks like an old lady without her dentures in but at least she is no longer in any pain and the vet said she healed remarkably well. I spent a lot of time holding and comforting 2 unhappy, stressed out and in pain dogs.

I also broke my tablet (damn it)! Anyway here are more Maleficent wips.
Each scale is hand sewn, lightly stuffed and then sewn onto the chair back. I did them in light gray and med gray for contrast.

 I realized that the piece needed a structure underneath of it would look like a plush toy, which wasn't what I was going for, so I built a throne base.
 The beginning of the face. It's always scary at this point because the faces always look very cartoony but she came together nicely.

Once I had the basic doll figure done I realized I should have made the doll first and then the throne because I wasn't happy with the height of the throne. I could have left it but it would have drove me nuts so I then added height to achieve the look I wanted.
I added 3 or 4 inches to the back. I would have re cut out the wings to match the new back proportion but I didn't have enough felt and decided to let it go. I can be too picky about things. I have the arm rests done but don't have a pic on this computer.
I had to make 2 cloaks to get the right look. I still need to add detail to the cloak and of course the iconic headdress.

The whole piece will sit inside a shadowbox. I'm having some issues building it but hope to work it out. The deadline for the challenge was moved to June 7, thank goodness, so I have more time to finish. Hope you enjoyed seeing what I've been doing.

PART 1 and PART 2 and PART 4 to this project can be found at these links.

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