February 28, 2009

Not your Mama's Matroyshkas

BAD is doing a Matroyska doll challenge, so of course I had to search the web for ideas. Russian Vogue has a piece displaying modern ones created by famous designer's. They are very cool! I may have to do a similar one in beads...

Please check it out: http://www.vogue.ru/promotions/fashion/081021-1635.aspx

February 22, 2009

Goldilocks and Friends TT2 First Project

For the first assignment we could choose from three choices - Angelina fibers, Shiva sticks and foil. I chose the last two. I had fun with the Shiva sticks but I found them to be messy and I am not sure I like the heavy intense look from them. I really liked the foil.

I made templates out of freezer paper and then ironed those to the fabric. I used the Shiva sticks to paint around them. This was very effective and I liked the result a lot.

The second photo shows variations of a stamp I made out of string. There is one of just the shiva sticks and two showing the foil method applied with glue. This etching method also worked well with a thick string stamp.

With this I attempted to use the foil with a stamp. It was a dismal failure for achieving the stamp feature but it did make some really great textures.

Kool-Aid anyone?

At my doll club some women were talking about a woman at the Saturday Market who sells knitted items and she dyes her wools with Kool-Aid.

One of the upcoming projects for the StudioQuilts-GoldilocksAndFriends
group will be using silk roving. I don't want to spend that kind of money on something I'm trying for the first time so I got this great idea to use my dog's hair and dye it with Kool-Aid.

I think it turned out really well and it smells like childhood while you are doing it. : ) I put about a half a cup of hot water per packet.

February 8, 2009

First Attempt

I've wanted to do freestyle embroidery on my machine for a while. The old machine you couldn't lower the feed dogs, so I couldn't really try it until I got my new machine.

These are my first attempts. Can you tell which is the first and which is the third? ; ) J says that if I do it three more times it will be perfect. He's probably right! I'll try tomorrow.


Yuki's Home : )

Well, Yuki made it home after all his travels. He looks fabulous. This RR was a great experience. Each doll was so different from all the others. And I really enjoyed seeing the other women's beadwork up close.