Archive for December 30th, 2007

Last post for 2007

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Another year has absolutely flown by.  I’ve been busy working on sample dolls and my new book and have ignored my blog, and website.  Shall correct that before the year ends.

I want to show you the mermaid that Dorice Larkin has created for our  upcoming cruise.

The mermaid is pin sized and is all beaded.  A focal bead creates the face.  She’s beautiful and I know those going on the cruise are going to love making her.  You can see details on the cruise on that page.
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We’ll have 4 full days at sea.  That means we’ll get a lot of beading done.  We are all looking forward to seeing the destinations, too. 

Colon, Panama is a new destination and our ship will be one of the first to go there.  Shall be great fun.

Recently, I was in a wonderful group of artists from the UK where we created postcards and mailed to each other.  We all got busy, and had to stop for awhile.  Deena Beverly was the fearless leader and would come up with a theme each month. 
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One of the themes was "A Tender Regard".  I used my favorite photo created by my friend Sandy Anderson in Photoshop.  This photo is the logo on my blog.  Because I like working in fabric, I painted Pelmet Vilene with Stewart Gill’s Byzantium paint.  The photo was transfered onto fabric using my HP printer and Jacquards photo prepared cotton.  I machine sewed a design on water soluble stabilizer with synthetic organza in layers under.  When the stabilizer was removed, I used a soldering iron to burn away sections of the organza exposing the painted surface underneath.  This was then sewn onto the Vilene, along with the photo.
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Another postcard was "Things my Mother Taught Me".  This time I drew a figure on white cotton fabric, colored it with Copic markers and detailed it with colored pencils and Copic’s Multiliners.  I hand-dyed a piece of lace and machine sewed it to the body, which was sewn onto painted Pelmet Vilene.  Angelina film and fibers created the glitz.  Charms were used representing cooking, gardening, and traveling.  All things my Mom taught me to love.  There were many others things she taught me, but this was all I could squeeze in.

After the New Year, I’ll put up a tutorial on how I go about creating small images on postcards and ATC’s.  And, other bits.  In the meantime, have a terrific New Year celebration!