Monday, August 24, 2015

Just for Fun

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Early last month I signed up for an online workshop, just for the fun of it. After all, I live in Astoria where you can't throw a rock without hitting a Scandinavian!
The workshop starts today, and I'm anxious to get started. I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm ready to go Viking!*
Incidentally, my husband and I found a new series to watch online earlier this year ("Vikings," via the History Channel). Come to find out he's got some Viking blood in his lineage.
*From Randi Buckley's website:
Maybe you’ve always felt you were part viking.  And while it might be your heritage, the feeling goes well beyond DNA.  Ancient ways you may not know but feel a longing for.  Or you recently started watching the series “Vikings” and now get all tingly feeling when conversations head that direction.
Whichever way you’ve come, you’re here with a new interest or long held passion for the wisdom, strength, myth, and beauty of the viking woman.  Maybe for you:
  • It’s the paradox of the nurturing warrior.  She cares for hearth and home and can skillfully defend what is important to her.
  • It’s the adornment.  Clothing and jewelry of great beauty and otherworldly meaning.
  • It’s discovery.  Navigating by starlight to go beyond your own edges and find new inner and outer worlds.
  • It’s the magic and mythology.  Guided by power rooted in nature and beyond your own world.  Legends, sagas, ritual, and reverence.
  • It’s the society.  Women had more rights than most people realize.  Laws were made and lands were owned.
  • It’s the culture.  Music, art and architecture in homage to the Ă†sir , are stunningly beautiful and incredibly pragmatic.
  • It’s the divinity of doing masterful work with fierce (and wildly fun) celebration.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Life Book 2015 August Lessons
Meditrina, Roman goddess of wine, health & longevity

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Thursday, August 20, 2015


The past few days I've been working on a design for a doll with a vintage feel. Something simpler than some of my other dolls. My jumping off point was a pattern for a repro Presbyterian doll by Lucinda Durbin. Presbyterian dolls were American folk art rag dolls from the mid 1900s, originally created to raise money for the church. They had oil painted faces.

I made one back in 2009, designing my own costuming:

And another, playing around with printing a face from a vintage photo directly onto the fabric:

And finally finished one this summer from a previously sewn/stuffed body (altering the arms and legs, using my "Amandine" pattern):

I've got lots of cheapo muslin, and have been playing around with a couple things: a chin dart, the fabric's stretch direction, and how to eliminate the neck pucker that can sometimes happen.

The doll on the left is the first one sewn/stuffed, where I was still working on the shape of the face front. Next, I marked the other three with the stretch direction I used. Eventually, these will become finished dolls, through I still want to try the final adjustments on a variety of fabrics to see how that turns out.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Life Book 2015 July Lessons
Way out of my comfort zone:
Photographed while in progress: above left (with glare of light),
above right (without glare)

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