Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
At your Favorite Bookstore Now!
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Addendum~ Priscilla has asked about Sarah's ugly dress in the comments, so here it is!
As you can see, it was newly thrown together and did not suit her nature. Priscilla also asked the ages of the girls in the picture~ large girl on the far left is Abbigail Blake, her(or her owners) actual name inked on her body~ she and Sophie sitting next to her in the green dress are c1840-50 girls. Sarah is a little later in period, 1855-1860~ the mold of her exposed ears is not a common one~ she has no ringletts around the sides or back of her head.
To answer yet another question, yes, textiles were so precious they were used and reused and reused again. I do not, nor have I ever partaken in the cutting of early clothes or finished textiles (quilts, coverlets, runners, church garb) to use in my doll making. My hands would literally not be able to cut, never. I do run across pieces tho at sales and such, unpicked large hunks are very rare these days. The fabric I bought that I used for Sarah's dress I bought as actual yardage wrapped tight in a sack at the International Quilt Festival in Houston several years ago...it wasn't until I unwrapped it after I returned home that I found it was in two large pieces, a right and left, each with cut outs for the post at the foot of the bed. I also found several little snippets of string every here and there, telling me it was indeed once a lining of a tied quilt or coverlet. Flat yardage I have no problem with cutting~ I can think of no better way to honor the textile itself, and all the hard work and skill that went into its making, than by using it to dress an early dollye
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Beaded of Coarse!
Of the six known padded mirror cases, 5 of them bear the Bethrothal Scene. The Miadstone Museum in Kent holds two~ an actual padded mirror case, and a worked panel that has been framed, shown above.
I'm positive that if I keep looking, I will find a padded mirror case one day that is worked in regular stumpwork and not beaded
Thursday, August 28, 2014
P. Smith Thomas! Congratulations!!
For those that are wondering.... the Total Number of Beads used on my Padded Mirror Case is....
111,170 Beads, with a Total Working Time of 433 hours, 12 minutes.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
I have been getting alot of questions about the case and so wanted to share some of the popular ones here for those who want to ask, but havent yet!
1. step by step instruction~ YES! By step by step, I mean, STEP. by STEP from opening the box and pulling the case out of it, to beadwork, design, papering the inside and outside, linings, installing mirror and hardware~ EVERYTHING!!
1a. The step by step instruction is obtained thru a private online blog, which you will be able to read after your case is purchased ( I must add you ). You can zoom along, or crawl, at your own pace~ THERE IS NO TIME LIMIT FOR FINISHING. I have been posting the steps as I have been going along.
2. Aside from the lining and finishing instructions, the working instruction is for BEADWORK, tho I have ladies working their cases in regular stumpwork
3. Deviation from my printed pattern is ENCOURAGED!!!
4. Antique Beads are NOT INCLUDED, *BUT*, I do provide sources for you to acquire them, I myself provide a search service if you are looking for something real particular, and YES~ I DO SELL some of my weensie antique beads in the bead shop on the 'For The Ladye' blog, which is the class blog.
5. All hardware and MIRROR are included with the case~ you may choose to have me antique your mirror at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE
6. Yes, this is a great smaller project~ its very basic in form, perfect to practice papering and getting your interior finishing skills down before moving on to a more elaborate box with drawers and all sorts of nooks and crannies. The total elapsed time for mine was 27 April 2014~ 19 Aug 2014....I have four children, a high school senior graduation and summer trip, making case carcasses and my doll business all figuring in within that time frame, so it really does work up quick
7. It takes me apx 1 month from start to finish to make a case, YES~ they are hand made by ME, only ME, one at a time in solid Pine and Ash
8. Shipping is not included in initial purchase price, when I finish your case, you will then be billed exact shipping to your locale~
9. Do I offer Layaway? YES!! I have no set sched~ whatever works for you, can work for me as well~ just let me know what you have in mind.
10. The CLASS IS INCLUDED WITH COST OF THE CASE