I See, I Saw, I Stitch

I can’t see to stitch or saw. There I said it. Actually I can do some stuff, but not for very long because it gives me a headache. After spending most of the winter repeatedly cleaning my glasses to get that cloudy spot off the right lens, I found out that it was the “other” lens that was cloudy. The one in my eye. Yep, cataract surgery is in my … Continue reading

Exuberance at the Burrell

I’m going to use my blog to document my casket design process so I’ll have a record. It’ll help me keep track of all the ideas storming around my brain. You are welcome to follow along. To recap, I’m going to embroider my flat casket In 17th century stump work With images inspired by 19th century fairy paintings. Last October, on the UK casket tour we saw caskets of every … Continue reading

Sainte Genevieve

I’m not Catholic, but I was enchanted by this tiny, French fashion doll representing Sainte Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. So I bought her. Ste. Genevieve was born in the 5th century AD and saved Paris from an invasion by Atilla the Hun by getting everyone to pray. Why did I buy her? Well just look at her. Paris is my most favorite city and DH and I are taking … Continue reading

Too Many Dolls, Part II

I write this blog as much as a journal for myself as I do it for you, my readers. The post, Too Many Dolls is the one I reread more than the others, mostly every time I buy another doll. I just checked my posts since then and found that I’ve added to my personal collection (not dolls for resale) twelve more dolls. In that post in April of 2014, … Continue reading

A New Wispy and a New BLUE

The first weekend in December I ticked two of my favorite collecting boxes at the Gaithersburg doll show. And I saw and talked with several doll friends that I haven’t seen in a while. It was a good day. First, I found this charming French papier-mâché doll with the short, wispy hairdo that I find so appealing. She’s my first papier-mâché doll and I have to admit that I don’t … Continue reading

Please Pardon the Delay

This has been the year of bumps in the road and another one has reared its ugly head.  I’m under the weather, but will be okay after surgery later this month. Until then, I’m taking brain-fogging drugs, so writing coherent posts might be a challenge. In the meantime, if you would like to read about the UK Casket Tour that DH and I just returned from, check out The Embroiderer’s Story … Continue reading

I’m a Jet Lag Wimp

DH and I returned Monday from 2 weeks in the UK.  Yesterday, I thought I was dying. Jet lag. Hopefully soon we will stop waking up every morning at 2:30 or 3:30 am.  Hopefully. We went on the Thistle Threads UK Casket Tour 2015 with 40 or so other people for 10 days, then spent an additional 2 days in London by ourselves. This was our first experience touring and traveling with a … Continue reading

An Historically Accurate “Loser”

When the UFDC National Convention was last in Chicago (I’m not sure of the year), I chose to enter a doll costume into competition. My entry did not even receive a “thanks, but no thanks” ribbon. Kind of like it didn’t exist to the judges. I had entered dolls into the Antique category before and had weird, oogy feelings about being judged on and getting awards for something I bought. Yes, … Continue reading

Sewing for Supergirl

Long ago, before Supergirl (SG) was born, I dreamed of sewing for a granddaughter. I was going to make her such lovely lacy, dainty dresses. Never happened. I started taking care of her when she was 2 months old while her mom worked full time. And was just as busy as I was with my own kids. Lacy, dainty dresses may be cute for pictures, but serve no practical purpose on a … Continue reading

Sleeves!

This post is part tutorial and part cautionary tale. I am not a hand-sewing or doll-costuming expert. I merely share with you the hard-won lessons I have learned by making a multitude of mistakes, perhaps helping you to have a smoother sewing journey. There are easy ways to set in sleeves on tiny doll costumes. This is not one of them. Several months ago, I challenged myself to make a … Continue reading