Wednesday, February 29, 2012


I have had so much fun exploring the world of Pinterest.
Here are some fun button images of my own that I plan to post on one of my Pinterest boards.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wool Flowers Purse

I began working with wool in the early 80's as I prepared for the wearable art show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. That led to rug hooking, which led to wool quilts, which led to wool applique, which led to embroidery on wool...... 

Adding wire to the layered wool makes  it easy to twist and shape.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Crepe Paper Doll Costumes

Sometimes stitching on crepe paper is just as much fun as fabric.
A hole punch, paper lace and glitter were used on this outfit.

Scalloped edge scissors and felt tipped markers used here.

Tinsel and yarn.

More glitter and decorative machine stitches.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


The box full of pretty threads put me in an experimenting mood.

This sample is a little bit of everything; needle weaving, drawn thread work, embroidery.....
It is stitched on card stock.
This is how it looks after I removed the card stock. I'm wondering if this can be used for the clothing for my dolls.
Stayed tuned! 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Dyeing Day

Don't you love a box of pretty freshly dyed threads sitting on your work table?

Last week I gathered together wool, silk and cotton threads and fabrics for a dyeing marathon.
Here are some of the wool yarns before dyeing.

Here are the cotton threads and fabrics before dyeing.

I set up a drying rack on the back porch.

For the cotton fabrics and threads I just used Rit dye. That was a first for me.

These are balls of crewel embroidery wool ready to go.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Princely Dragon, Stumpwork doll

Many weeks ago I introduced my new project, my new world to you. One of the places the World of Possibilities will take you is to "The Golden Rule Mountains". One very important character in this world is the Princely Dragon, Peter.

His crown is a simple copper band.

His is truly a 'tailcoat'. 

He rules as he would be ruled.

Monday, February 20, 2012

An Owl

Owls are so popular I thought I would share one that I stitched a long time ago.

I love his bow tie.

He is carrying some of my business cards for me. So helpful. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Embroidered Great Coat

Last December I told you about some ornaments I designed for a manufacturer named Raz Imports. It was a great project even if not all of the designs made it to the market place.

Hanging in the background is the jacket I embroidered as a sample and the doll in the foreground is how it was meant to be manufactured. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Embroidered Cloth Doll

Ever since my Aunt LaRece made a pink and black evening dress for my Madame Alexander doll way, way back when, I have loved the color combination.

But I never use it! Until now.

I think this little lady must be a fortune teller.

I certainly see nothing but good things in her future.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Miss Syria

With so much violence falling on the people of Syria, I thought I would celebrate their extraordinary embroidery heritage.

This doll was entirely stitched on an embroidery machine. I digitized the face, hands, body and all of the costume parts to be stitched in the hoop.

This is a detail of the back of her coat.

Here you can see her embroidered dress.

And here you get a glimpse of her beautiful decorative sleeves.

Even her sandals were stitched in the embroidery hoop of the machine. Don't you love the cuff of her pants? 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Embroidered Cloth Dolls

Here are 2 of the early cloth dolls I made a few months ago.

These dolls do not have  the wired limbs and are much harder to pose. The jacket on the top doll is all needlelace. The jacket and skirt of the second doll are each needlelace.

Sticker Ball

Did you ever notice when the garden stops growing the sticker ball starts growing?

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Queen of Hearts / Embroidered Cloth Doll

The Queen of Hearts wishes you a Happy Valentines Day!
Here she is shopping for a space to open her business. 

As an excellent tart maker, the queen has decided to open a coffee and pastry shop in the village.

What do you think of the shop?
It certainly needs a little work.

I wonder if the trumpeters will always be there?

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