Thursday, June 17, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
2021 Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts
I love to make dolls to represent different periods. These are tiny 6" girls, very challenging to make this small. They both have period-correct wardrobes and I thought you would enjoy seeing what is underneath their outers.
I usually always give my girls pantaloons for modesty's sake, but actually, pantaloons were worn in the 17th c. Over her pantaloons she wears a period correct ankle long shift and cap.
Wednesday, June 09, 2021
One of My Favorites!
A double strand is used to couch crenelated gilt plate. Once finished you won't even be able to see it! I love this thread and if you have some in your stash, I hope you will pull it out and use it!
Saturday, June 05, 2021
Sunday, May 30, 2021
A ___ for a Casket???
What could the new ornament for this year be??? Can you see it peeking out just there? Yes, it is finished and most certainly fits inside my little casket shown above...
I have had this little treasure bouncing around inside my brain for a few years now, and I can honestly say I am very happy with how it came out and very excited to share it with you all soon!
So...have you any guess as to what it is???
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
So Many Possibilities!
I love both silver and gold on my embroidery... but somehow the gilt always seems to win out over silver. I was just looking at the trim on this year's ornament and thinking how beautiful it would look done in silver. What do you think? Are you a silver person, or a gold person???
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
Tea & Stitches~
And what else goes perfectly with quiet and tea????...stitching of coarse! One of my dear friends and customers sent me an email this week sharing her finished stumpwork embroidery panel for the top of her Harmony Casket.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Pretty In Pink
The paper I chose for this one is a beautiful faded blue. It goes so well with the pink. Of coarse I have my signature secret compartments all over the place, and hiding under the tufted pad within the mirrored octagon is a beautiful 17th c engraving.
What have you been working on? I hope that whatever it is, makes your heart happy~
if not....just WHAT are you waiting for????
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
A Real Treat!
I am tired of being a veg and am making myself get back to my old routines, and that means blogging~ so I have decided I will be blogging and sharing every few days no matter how I feel...coherent or not. I don't know exactly what my purpose here on earth is, all I know is that I love sharing what I love with others~ and I know you will love these little pins. They really are gems, every last one.
It is hard to believe that a small straight pin we take for granted today and pretty much only use for sewing, was a huge and important industry as recent as the 18th c. Empires were made from making and selling these little pins~ its true! Not only were pins used mainly for the fastening of every day clothing on the body, but they were also commonly used for fastening papers together. Jane Austen used pins to fasten her manuscripts together...she also used pins to attach new paper over markout areas that she wanted to rewrite. There were no paperclips or staples back then. Straight pins were a very important part of everyday life....so it is easy to question that for something so important, why are there not scads of them extant in all sorts of collections? Just think of what you use every day, that is so common to you, that you would never think to save it. Why would you need to, you use it every day.here!)
The heads were made separately of a similar diameter wire as the shaft, and was coiled around it. Depending on the time period, some were coiled, some were coiled and crimped...and still some were coiled and soldered on with flux. The fluxing was a particularly stinky and toxic process. The heads of the pins could be sharp themselves and often snagged the clothing they were place into, as well as scratching the user.
Friday, April 30, 2021
1845 Girls Fan Front Dress
I have been working on the model for this year's ornament kit for those of you who have asked about it~ here is a little peek ;)
Monday, April 26, 2021
It just Popped in There....
So I Gathered.....
And Made it So....
I took my own advise and just DID IT. I have NO IDEA what is going on the outside of this casket...but the inside is done and that makes me happy!
My favorite colour very pale blush pink silk interior....
I hand stamped the dusky blue endpapers myself in silver
I designed the interior configuration after one of my 17th c favorites at the Dallas Museum of Art
Used my favorite antique cut glass scent bottle...
Theres nothing like finishing an interior to get you jazzed about what to put on the outside...and no, they dont need to match~ just DO IT already ;)
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Monday, April 19, 2021
The painting technique I practice is from the early 19th century and is done in water colours. I first draw my design or parts of it, on the wood with a steel tip pen, then all is painted with watercolurs. Several coats of watercolours....on this frame some areas have nearly 20 coats of paint. I have to be very careful to have paint to water ratio just perfect so that the new coat of paint does not take off the layers beneath it.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
It's a party on the inside! I love this cotton print lining~ which only lines the skirts and back collar flap.