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Amazon Lists and Warm Wooly Work

Posted in Art, constructions, reading, shopping with tags , , , , on April 17, 2010 by darcyarts

Fell to sleep very early last night after a few hours of reading.

The quiet was nice. I’m reading Marianne Faithfull’s latest recollections.

My daughter adores Marianne and I admire her for having the sense to prefer Keith to Mick deep-heart wise. She is a woman of substance and I love biographies. Amazon got me last week with a trio of books that are roughly related to the 60s. I will be reading:

A Day in the Life: One Family, the Beautiful People, and the End of the Sixties is about a couple of well-borne young people who lived in that time and gave birth to Jake Weber, my favorite from Medium.

Blue Jean Baby: One Girl’s Trip through the Sixites LA Music Scene is low key and very memoirish. It should be fun.

Here is my Amazon purchase list. I have to stop buying books. But I sell many of them as soon as I’ve read them.

Today I will spend some time in my little kitchen sew space. I finally managed to return my focus to the pillow making work. It helped that Frank was gone part of the day. If he’s not here then I can’t moon over him and dote and  . . .

I’ll finish the stitching on this peace sign and add the beautiful trim I bought for it.

I had created a flat peace sign, just sowing the peace sign over a round pillow. It came out very hefty because the fleece I used was very stretchy. I need to cut some of the heft out. I wanted to try a pillow of the shape itself.

I think it will be okay.

I love these colors. I love color period. I can get into to so much trouble when I let myself dream about all the things I could do with beautiful materials at an art store or at JoAnn’s but I am firmly committed to using what I’ve got now whenever possible.

I’m making a dent in it the stock on these shelves. I’ve used up all my caramel (top shelf in picture) and chocolate colored fleece cutting patterns for future donuts and maple bars. I’ll be back creating fresh donuts soon enough.

There are more shelves in the kitchen. Only half the size of my fleece stash shelves but stuffed nevertheless with strippey material for doll stockings and cute things for their skirts and blouses and hair.

I’m ready to rock and I will definitely be doubling down by doing pillow production and my doll making simultaneously. I find it is beneficial to change it up over the course of a day.

Maybe I’ll work on the May Day Sylph’s lips and hair after I’ve tightened up and finished the peace sign.

Most of the materials I’ve brought home for doll clothes and doll bodies, too, have come from my favorite thrift stores.

There are such rich things to be found. Nice muslin, thick, vintage and preferable to what I’ve found at JoAnn.

Cute socks make really nice little shirts for my dolls. I’ve got an Elmo sock/shirt I’ll use soon. Things with hearts and sparkles. I keep my eyes peeled for the good stuff. There’s so much of it out there waiting to be recognized.

Hats Galore

Posted in Art, constructions, millinery with tags , , , , on August 25, 2009 by darcyarts

This week, so far, has been about getting a soft top hat together.

The first try had a brim that was a bit large. This is with the top of the top hat pushed in a bit. I like the way it looks. This is without a decorative band or any kind of extra adornment.

WideBrimAboveLtThis shot angle finds Millinery Marilyn Manson looking very demure.

The light in the room is very schizophrenic. I can catch the sunlight just right at a certain angle and then at another it is much darker. White balance?

WidebrimFull2I got a wonderful book, a pictorial history of hats from the 17 Century to the 1970s. It is full of great illustrations and pictures of all kinds of head gear.

We should all wear hats whenever possible.

WidebrimBackLtI like the gray hats.

I made a puffier, more Victorian-style ladies top hat today. This one is a shape I really wanted to try. I think this brim is a bit too narrow. I’ll make the next one wider.

I’m using the snipped plastic ties as stays in the bands of the hats and it’s working very well.

I tried to sew circles into the brim of today’s hat. It seemed to intensify the curls.

IMG_8886It looks kinda cool. I used the sleeves of a very plastic blouse for the trim. I really liked the pattern but hated the feel when I wore it.

I’ve added a fake pink flower that I found near a mail box where I deposited  our latest Netflix DVD Scott Walker: 30th Century Man.

That film was very interesting but touched with Capricornian dourness.

ShortBrimPinkFlwrNow that I’vebeen looking at my head form for a few days I really like it. Still, it may be too jarring to be an effective model.

I’ll try another head form and my goal will be to create a very smooth surface before I put the face on. I did not gesso this first one. It may have evened out the rough spots a bit.

I need to make a head that is a bit smaller. Only my large hats fit this one.

I made a cute cap from some nice, oddly polka dotted fleece Sunday.

BrownPolkaDotLeftAThe pattern of these dots are very strange. I love the sherbert colors with the chocolate brown.

BrownPolkaDotTopBackBrownPolkadotTopCLThis is a small cap. I have enough of this material to make two more. I want to keep one.

I’ve got a really nice taupe to use for the Victorian ladies puffy hat and some killer pink furry material for a tall top hat.

I have really cool Halloween-themed netting with spider webs and skull and cross bonedsto drape on black top hats. I may try a top hat in white.

These are all things I’ll delight in engineering in the coming days.

I just love this work.

I’m working on having at least four chimps ready for Mail Chimp’s chief primate wrangler when he’s back in September so I have to keep a handle on my time.

Both enterprises are valid.

I sent in an application for the Bazaar Bizarre Holiday craft sale in San Francisco. I will be utterly stoked if I get to participate. They notify applicants on Sept. 30.

Send me your good energy folks.