Its been a while since I had a new dolly ready to meet you! This is Pitter Pat~ a darling shy little Higgs girl and she would love to meet you & say hello~ you can stop by and chat with her on eBay here ~ or just click on my eBay specials link on the sidebar. I don't oft do the William & Mary era Higgs type dolls, so if you have been waiting for one I hope she will entertain your consideration~ unlike the originals with their furled brows, she has a cunningly sweet disposition!
Friday, April 11, 2014
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
I will still post progress pictures here, but only those who purchase a mirror case will have access to the mirror blog. It will be in progression, with detailed step by step photos and instruction for
*gilding/ applying gold leaf
*papering the outside & inside
*inside silk linings and tufted paddings
*how to choose trims & types of trims
*how to choose the right period correct marbled paper pattern
*applying your finished embroidery to the top & face
~ and since I am beading mine~
*3 dimensional padded beadwork
*beaded figural stumpwork (people)
*wired edge Twilling (the technique used in my beaded basket)
~ and I'm sure plenty more!~
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Is it really April already???
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
What to Choose?
Here is the link to the Thistle Threads silk selections here if you are interested~ marvelous 17th c period correct colors~ just yummy!
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
For A Prized Looking Glafshere
You can see they are quite flat, set up on marvelous bun feet, with a narrow padded compartment within that protects the mirror held within the lid
The designs are beaded on a silk satin ground, just like many of the beaded baskets of the same era
My good friends at the Maidstone Museum in Kent hold two wonderful examples~ this one above still a case, you can just see the fluted bun feet sticking out the bottom ...
here at the Victorian & Albert Museum shows both beadwork and counted work on a silk satin ground, along with her initials and date of 1673.
(here) , and think it would look
f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s- as the lid of a padded mirror case....and along that note, why bead one at all? I do think it curious why I have yet to find an example in raised stumpwork, as the form simply begs for it and is so well suited at a finished size of 14x17".
I am very excited to announce that I have been working hard these last few months on perfecting my own reproduction of a padded mirror case, and that I will be offering them for sale next week as a fundraiser for the Museum for those would would like to bead or embroider their own. Based on the dimensions of the originals, each is hand made in pine, one at a time, by myself, for a wonderful tabletop piece that no 17th c Ladye would ever want her dressing table to be without....
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
I Love Being a Mommy...
'For Mommy Scouts~ I am going to try to thred my needle today, love Pip'
It just thrilled me to death and its already made its way to the 'Mommy Box' where special little notes and things the kids make me go. Every Sunday I have 'Mommy Scouts' with Emma & Pip. It lasts around 2 hours, and we start off discussing history of a close Holiday, or sometimes they pick an object in one of the Museum cases and we talk about it...then its on to their sewing, or gardening, and we end with baking a snack or something special. Currently I am teaching them how to cross stitch, and they are each working on a little bookmark. For Pip, the most challenging thing is threading her needle. If she makes a mistake in her stitches, I make her rip them back out, so she ends up spending the majority of her time threading that needle!