Saturday, May 19, 2012

Queen for a Day

I attended a workshop taught by Christine Shively recently that was really wonderful.  I had the best host (Rose Gibbons) and the teacher was so enthusiastic and giving.  In the music realm where I teach hammered dulcimer I have had the adjective "effervescent" attached to my name.  Well Christine has that effervescent quality herself and truly seemed to enjoy helping us to "get" each new technique and idea.  Her dolls are fun and creative and very inspiring for me.
I think I was the only one to finish the doll, but I had the opportunity to work even after the workshop was over because I was staying at the workshop house.

The dolls have neat little shoes that we made from paper and wire.  The shoes have heels with long needles inside the heels. There is about 1.5" of the needles exposed that fit into tiny holes in the base.  This allows the doll to stand 'freely'.

I learned a new beading technique that I couldn't quit doing so she has picot beading around her stomacher, sleeves and underskirt.

I also added a lace 'collar' to make her look more like the pictures I had seen.  I think she came out really nice.

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