9/07/2009

Primitive Witch makeover


Today I decided to change up a witch doll.
She was made with Veena's Mercantile pattern.
I really didn't like her homespun dress,
so I ripped it off of her.


I had originally wired her arms,
and the wire was poking through,
so I tore off her arms (ouch!)...


I gave her new arms, which I love.
Jazzed up a black dress with ruffles
and lime green piping.

Added a grosgrain ribbon with
rusty bell and black tinsel.

A touch of Romney wool with
sun kissed ends.....

A spot of aging mix,
nap in the sun....
and a light sanding....

She's DONE!

9/06/2009

Cutter Quilt Teddy Bear



Just this week I decided to dismantle a fragile cutter quilt.
It was torn in several places, and coming apart,
so I thought maybe I could make something with
the good pieces.


I realized the first layer was just
a cover-up for another vintage quilt.



Tobey couldn't resist hanging out with me,
and getting into anything I left within his reach.
He finally gave up, and left me to sewing,
and snuggled on the freshly washed uncut quilt,
to take a little nap.


Since the fabric was so delicate,
I decided to quilt it to a layer of muslin.
It helped to stabilize it somewhat, but
that meant cutting each pattern piece twice.


I chose the blue blocks, and pulled out
a medium bear pattern by Sweet Meadows Farm.

I took my time, and it required a lot of
hand stitching. I strengthened some places
with addditional patches.

He is stuffed with a generous amount of
lavender buds, and I used blue glass eyes.
Using one of the contrast color blocks,
the hat helped break up the color scheme.
Muslin that had been previously distressed,
made a nice soft ruffle around neck and hatbrim.

Rusty bells and rusty tinsel were my final
finishing touches.

Hmmm, I wonder what a red one would look like?