Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Owl and the Pussycat

 Amy at Thread in Hand has been working on her Owl and the Pussycat project designed by Jenny Adin-Christie.
It motivated me to unearth my half completed dolls and finally finish them. 
So here they are hand in hand, at the edge of the sand, as they dance by the light of the moon.
Thanks for the encouragement Amy! 
And a big thank you to Rachael Kinnison 
at Lady's Repository Museum. If there is enough interest in "The Red House" book I will try to reprint.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule Mountains

My story of the Golden Rule Mountains began long before our now president elect threw his hat in the ring.
It is a silly sing song rhyme story and I will share the beginning with you;

After thinking about it all night I have decided the only way to endure the hatred and bigotry that is now our national mandate is to CREATE, HOPE AND BUILD.
Perhaps our new president will surprise us all and bring unity.
Perhaps he will care about our environment.
Perhaps he will keep our country strong without destroying the world.
So I will be optimistic. I will CREATE, HOPE AND BUILD.
Because the alternative is unthinkable.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Eating Out Of Her Hand

 It is the smallest 3D bird I have ever stitched!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Side Two Too!

I will be back in a couple months with the front of the casket.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rethinking Color Choices

I loved the panel I embroidered on the deep red silk. I picked the red to carry over the red from the roof top on the casket front.

But I didn't like how the colors worked together on the side. They 'matched' but they didn't flow.

Using the same basic design but a different background I started over.

Much better.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Another Mountain View

There are 2 different views of the Golden Rule Mountains on the casket. This is a new view, the mountains on the side of the Prince. In front of his mountains is a grove of trees.
The mountains sit on the lower frieze of the casket.

Above the mountains is a tapered panel on the casket. I have been experimenting with Italian Wire Mesh and combining it with the silk 'Cordon' from the Frosting Club treasure box.

This is as far as I got on that panel.

The other side of the casket holds the mountain view I've shown you before. 

Again I have used the Italian Wire Mesh and Cabinet of Curiosities supplies for the background scene.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The World of Possibilities Does Not Disappoint

Adding the doors, the 'secret panel' (in white) and the 3D village scene completely changes the look of the casket interior.
More blank canvases to embroidery!
More possibilities!

And by playing in Photoshop a little more I can imagine what the lower interior might look like with the casket top closed.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Casket Progress

The inside of lower half of the casket is complete!

The bottom drawer holds my sampler, signed and dated.

Other drawers hold my tunnel scenes.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

William Progress

William's torso is done. I am still playing with the placement of the figure. 
He now has a roll of building plans in his hand.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mountain Tops

The Golden Rule Mountains have been backed with paper and cut away from the background fabric.

The straight edges will be covered with my cloud-like needlelace border. But the mountain top edges had me stumped.

Until I wrapped this beautiful new trim along the edge.

Just what the edge needed!