Monday, December 3, 2018

Handmade Santa

I started making the Santa dolls as soon as I finished a wool tapestry stocking for my mother.

My 9" Santa doll was made with muslin and vintage wool felt. I've had the felt many years and wish I had more now. I used muslin to cut-out doll pattern, hand sewed and stuffed, next I applied white gesso to head, hands and feet. I used Dina Wakley acrylic paint on feet to look like shoes. The hand were left white. The face was painted with a watery magenta scribble stick by Dina Wakley. Two dots for eyes were made with a Sharpie. A tiny bell was handsewn on the hat. All clothing was handsewn. The hair and beard was made using Bernat yarn.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Tapestry Wool Stocking for My Mother

I started working on this Bucilla stocking from a tapestry kit the first of August 2018. I didn't think it was possible to finish before Christmas this year. I was making the stocking for my dear mother. She turned 93 this year.
I took the first photo, August 18, as you can see I hadn't added that much wool yarn. It was slow going adding wool yarn. The finished stocking is 18" long.

Mom said she didn't want her name on it. I worked on the stocking nearly every day. This was my first tapestry. I stretched the tapestry to a 14x18" wood picture frame, that didn't work very well, so I purchase a frame made for tapestry work. It worked much better.

November 17 I finished the stocking and took the photo below. In a few days we will be taking this stocking to my mothers. I lined the stocking in black fabric. The back is black felt. I finished it by hand stitching. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Handmade Bears

While recouping from pacemaker and other health issues I made a lot of felt bears. Most of these bears have gone to family near and far. These bears are 5 inches tall if they could stand up. To make these tiny bears I have to use magnifying glasses because I can't see the stitches without them. 

The graduate bear (below) was made for one of our granddaughters that graduated from her two year college this year.
The last bear (below) I hand-stiched a dress and a made a red felt bow with white curls in her hair. I made this bear for my 92 year old mother. 
It takes me 6-8 hours to cut-out and hand-stitch one bear and longer if I make hand stitched clothing.

The bears I made were blue, red, purple, burgundy, grey, beige, teal, cream, medium brown and dark brown. 

Update: It's now August 10, I finished my last bear (No. 25) to give to my husband he wanted a blue bear and then I shipped out two bears one to Arkansas and and one to Wyoming. They were just like the bear below. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

This is something I made recently

I've been crafting since childhood, making stuffed dolls and animals from early 70's and stamping since the early 90's. I've been published on paper magazines many times but nothing recently because I haven't tried.
In 2004, I was asked to join SSReflections online magazine, I purchased some of the books and DVDs while others were supplied for me to do book and DVD reviews.
Some of the supplies were furnished to do monthly samples from each team member.
After SSReflections closed 2009, I joined Rubber Road Adventures where I did projects for online and major companies in industry. When they closed I didn't join another online magazine.
Although I have been a design team member for several stamp companies.

Moving on....
A couple weeks ago I saw someone show a project on Facebook. The comment was made; "you had to go to her class to see how she made the booklet"
Now, this is where it comes to my mind, I know that I've made that booklet in the past or something very similar to it. And then it came to me it's similar to a star book I made years ago. 
I won't be showing how I made this booklet but will show the first two pages. I have four pages but this will be the only one I will share for now. Small tags come out through the top of each page.
Oh, by the way, this was made this past week!