|This is Edelweiss, one of my handmade one-of-a-kind rag dolls, who has just been added to my on-line catalogue.|
She is dressed in a country style ensemble in a cheerful red, white and blue colour palette.
|And this little one made from a classic Sanderson fabric and large Deco button.|
|This is Daffodil - One of my special keepsake rag dolls dressed in vintage fabrics. Her skirt was created from the pages of a baby's rag book, printed with traditional nursery rhymes.|
|She has just been added to my on-line catalogue. I hope you will enjoy taking a look when you have a moment.|
|Having sewn and made things all my life (always my favourite thing to do when I was a small child), I can't imagine a time when I won't be sewing...Be that making curtains and cushions for our new home, or making pieces to sell at fairs (and possibly on-line).|
'Vintage' has become a difficult market to be involved in over the past few years...various reasons in my opinion, which I won't go into now...Its doubtful I shall continue selling vintage goods, but will continue to make my products from vintage/antique fabrics, trimmings and embellishments, as customers do seem willing to pay a realistic price for one-off handcrafted goods.
Apart from that, I am keeping my options open and am having fun experimenting with different ideas to extend my range from fairy dolls, bags and little frivolous treasures, to try and keep things interesting.
Last week I made some prototypes, reworking some pretty secondhand knitwear. Using antique lace and ribbons, I embellished the jumpers to create a one-off look. Type in 'wearable art' into Pinterest and you'll be confronted by some wonderful embellished works that are truly stunning. Beautiful as they are, my concern with them would be how would they fair being laundered?...Although my pieces would need to be hand-washed, I think they would come up well and could be worn and enjoyed for years to come.
|This cross-over style lambswool sweater by 'in wear' was cinched in at the waist by the addition of a fine antique lace channel, threaded with satin ribbon, which ties at the side in a floppy bow. I also stitched a length of hand crochet lace up the front curve and embellished further with vintage fabric rose motifs. The sleeves were very long, so I shortened them and gathered cotton lace at the cuffs.|
|I added some sleeves from another angora and lambswool sweater and lengthened the cardigan hem with a wide antique lace. Again, I made a channel in the lace and threaded it with satin ribbon to tie in at the waist. This was hidden beneath a narrow ruffle, which matches the sleeves.|
|This is 'Found'. She's a very industrious little fairy who decorates her outfits in the bits and pieces she discovers on her short forays into the human world; items that once were lost and now are found...|
She's not afraid to fly into the dark spaces under floor boards or behind bookcases or curtains in her search for trinkets.
|Other bits and bobs get tied to her sash until she decides how best to use them - Or if one of her fairy friends are in need of an adornment, she always happy to pass them on.|
|Her skirt has been folded and shaped from old love letters, sheet music and pages from dusty volumes and novels. Lace silk handkerchiefs and scraps of fabric from the sewing-room floor have completed her distinctive look.|
|Found is now frozen in time inside her specimen box to hopefully bring a decorative touch to someone's home.|
I shall be bringing her with me to the Vintage Bazaar, Frome in October...along with other fairy dolls adorned in vintage trinkets and embellishments. Most will have a festive feel, but all will be one-off designs to treasure for always...
|These are the teeny-tiny fairy dust bottles that I made, which I mentioned on my previous post.|
|I also made this cushion - I have another cut out and ready to stitch up, so there will shortly be a pair available at my shop.|