Showing posts with label primitive. Show all posts
Showing posts with label primitive. Show all posts

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Building a better elf

I seem to be remaking some of the old ornaments that I have sold on Etsy, I think I've finally got the hang of "up for retail" before the holidays. Did you know the Halloween candy is already discounted in the department stores? Ha! Just joking. This is Peter and Paul, you can see the original post here.

They are from a pattern I made when being inspired by elves, I don't think I wanted them to be so skinny but I went with it anyway. I cut the first ones larger than my paper pattern and then forgot which parts I enlarged, remaking them is going to be a challenge but this time I corrected the pattern.

These are a bit tricky to do, the face seam is in the center of the body fabric and you really have to know what you are doing when it comes to turning them right side out.

This is the stage my husband make fun of me about, the body parts laying around. Each piece is stuffed and hand stitched, the bottom of the body is weighted. Can you see I made a major foe-par I made from the first pair? I never wrote the color of the fabric on each pattern piece and I assumed the hands were white. They aren't, they're red.

I got my cheese box full of buttons and I hoped to find eight matching shanked, I did, all of them.

These ended up taller than the others but I'm pleased with them. Attaching the legs are hit or miss since the bottom has aquariums rocks in it, it tends to shift while inserting the 4 inch doll needle.

I had wanted to put bells on the shoes and this time I did, it works well.

One thing that has always bugged me about these is the shifting in stitching, since it needs to be partly stitched in the hat and fully in the face before sewing it to the body, the hat gets pushed while turning my stitch direction and the fabric ends up overlapping, try as I might I can't get this to stop in this small area.

Luckily I had my felt out (what a handy material!). The trim around the hat is perfect but would not be in any other place. I think it would take away from the primitive aspect of them.

So I tried to get a few photos for Etsy, I used stuffing instead of batting but it was windy on this day and some of it blew off, argh! I'll do them over on a calmer day.

This photo is nice, I think I'll use this one but that's it. When I looked at the original pair I discovered I forgot the eyebrows also.

Whoops. C&G Design

Words and photos by Dawn,C&G Design.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Annie Applebee

I just went through my handmade crafts, relabeled them, and repacked them. Storage was a issue for myself and my husband. The crafts were upstairs but now they are stacked up in my bedroom closet. My husband has issues we me placing boxes in the knee wall, since we have blown -in insulation everything has to be placed on the supporting cross boards of the trusses, which are at a angle. I guess that makes everything leaning on the back of my shelving. Oh well, we shall figure it out.

Anyway, Annie Applebee is going on Etsy. I found her amongst the other things that are already listed on Etsy, I must of missed her.

She is 14 inches, made from burlap-hand stitched with the running stitch, along her outside seams. She has jute bows for hair.

She even has primitive bloomers and a five inch, time worn teddy.

ABC and the apples on her apron are fused and that is where her name comes from.

She's sweet. C&G Design

Words and photos by Dawn,C&G Design.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Another Primitive Raggedy

Shirley from Annie's Cupboard offers another free raggedy pattern. If I'm not mistaken she is meant to be a dammit doll. I wish I could find the cute verses that accompany such a doll because it is cute, it amounts to picking the doll up (by it's legs) and whacking it on the edge of a table, chair or sofa. All the while repeating....D#@* it! It has a whole story written before this point. Anyway, I have traveled to so many sites with Ann I can't remember if this one is it or not and of course I didn't label it in my pictures. Thinking that was smart because in my's against everything we know to "whack" Ann.

So to me she has the primitive quality that is slowly sneaking under my skin. C&G Design

Words and photos by Dawn,

C&G Design.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Revealing the Painted Doll

Well, I finished her, I even managed to make a imitation rattle in a dusty rosy pink color. I don't know what it is but this baby reminds me of a girl. She will take-up her spot on the extra chair in the dining room. Sadie sits on the captain's seat now "Selma" has the other chair. I plan to add a few more babies with her but I've yet to unpack the ones I'm thinking of. Bree the Bird Lady and Penny are to the left, atop the built-in hutch. I thought this antique dog would look cute with her but it overwhelms the setting.
All and all she didn't do too bad. Her head, still there, looks differently with a bonnet. Her hands, er, well they are her hands. The over gown is wonderful! Just the right touch.

I decided to not apply the aging paint process, I'll use that on another. She has that new texture complexion she should have, although sometimes you can see a great glare on her face do to the varnish. That is why most of these photos are at a angle.

Sadie ends up with the dog and Selma ends up with the Teddy. C&G Design

One other thing about a painted varnished cloth doll, they have a illusion of being heavy weighted, actually they weigh no more than a small saucer dish. I'd read that along the way But I'm still so amazed when I carry Selma, very sturdy, very light. Thanks for the words of encouragement on her!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Painted Doll-part 3, clothing

I'm hoping that tomorrow will be the unveiling of the painted doll, she really did not take a lot of time to make and was fun. I'll be doing another with the alterations from the things I've learned, until then I'm winging it! You can make out a bonnet in the above picture, it took a looonng time to decide about lace but in the end, I did not use any. :(

I should tell you she is about 18 inches tall, even at that though her arms would put any body builder to shame! They really show with the slip shift I decided I wanted, and so on....

This is the outside fabric of her dress, I'm holding the final picture until tomorrow when I'm finished with painting her. I still have one technique to try...that's the aging look with the wood stain, should I risk it? I might, just may, I don't know.

Here is a "wet" photo of her shoes. I don't paint in the trompe l'oeil style and I'm not happy with her feet but again, it's one of those things I'd change about the pattern. I tried a "worn" leather color of the shoes under the main color, then I blotted. Didn't work that well.

As always, sign and date your work. Until tomorrow. C&G Design

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Painted doll-part 2, the face

Okay, I decided to keep this doll although the next time I use this pattern it will be with a few alterations, more darts, mainly to make the head rounder.
Anyway, after I tried to copy the face on the pattern, this is what came out. I'm listing this lady in primitives because it reminds me of those faces that were painted and painted crudely.
I had to lower the hair line because the face looked to long, turned out I could of made bigger features instead. I did a little research on varnished dolls, did you know the hair is painted with a glue gel to give it texture? Whoops!

Here she is with the first coat of varnish, for a antique aged look you apply a dark wood stain then blot it off. I may decide this or not.

One thing that is going to happen, this will be a infant doll wearing a bonnet and a ole' fashioned christening gown with socks. This personality is what convinced me to keep her, I think she will be perfect as a baby holding a rattle.
She's not that cute, I know. C&G Design

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Peter and Paul, more cute

There is some (alot) fabrics I purchase without thought, black, red and stripe. Black because it's can be shoes, trim, and outerwear on my dolls. Red because of Christmas and striped because of the many doll legs I have made over the years.
So, on this day I unpacked the red and striped both. Why? Well, as I said...Christmas.

I had an all together different concept about my current project, but I'm really not disappointed with what I ended up with. They are kinda cute.

My son referred to them as "sketching", what is that? I told him I thought they were cute! And that must be what "sketching" means.

Why, just look at the bottle brush tree Peter carries and the glittered pine cone Paul has. How could anyone not love these?

He told me they are cute but in a Tim Burton, Nightmare before Christmas way. Okay, I'll live with that.

Should I really be in the Christmas spirit? I really need to get in a Halloween mood.
But these are to cute, it's going to be hard to do!!
and I never did get the definition of "sketching" C&G Design

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

2 Out of 5, Mother Goose

I have reached a snafu with my plaster blocks, it took all night to discover they had not hardened. Apparently the full covers exhales all the air out of the block and seals it up. So to resolve, I poked a few holes in the tops and set it in the sun. A occasional squeeze from me omitted water and allowed air to penetrate, thank goodness! They are doing better although slow going in this humid air. For my commenter and dear friend, Debbie and any other readers, I've included a link to my first block and that link will lead to a demo of the pattern. I might add, these are fun and rewarding. number 2 block will be Mother Goose. I'm not set in stone about doing antique pages, but I'm leaning that way.

Humpty Dumpty for sure.

Jack and Jill; others include, Hickory, Dickory, Dock; Rain, rain go away; and a graphic for F as in fox.

I picked him because he looks so sly. Not many antique things on Mother Goose on the Internet.

Even though she (he) wrote more than 300 rhymes. C&G Design.

Monday, July 6, 2009

1 Out of 5, Marie Antoinette

I sold my Shakespeare block.....and every since then I have been hoarding my cartons, I started to do the process again, this time I'm making 5 at a time and both covers are completely square. No half cutting. I have seen a lot of bloggers entertain Marie Antoinette in their crafts, so this is block 1, Marie. I'm posting only 3 photos out of the six photo's that will be featured on the block.

The four children of Marie and Louis is one photo I think is worth while looking at, she seemed a doting mom. My photos need cropping by the main subjects stay, a lot of the background gets cut.

Marie at thirteen, Louis sent for a photo of her before marriage took place.

Wasn't she beautiful? C&G Design

Friday, April 24, 2009

Shakepeare Block

I didn't quite stick to the pattern of 'vintage block', I used regular varnish for my final coats. The pattern calls for Craquelure varnish, I've never used this product but apparently it cracks and if you rub artist oil paints with a cloth, you'll get a aged look. The link to the vintage block also has a recipe for craquelure varnish. I figured that by using wall paper paste to decoupage my photos, it would create a uneven look, making the eye of the beholder wonder about the age. Also, craft paints applied to wallpaper paste (even while sanded), will cause the paint to crack. You have to be careful with amounts of decoupaging though because it will rub ink from the print.

It did change the color of the engravings from off white to pink! Let's hope the English teacher has a girl!
Portia-wife of Brutus

I'm happy with the way my block turned out, you can slightly tell about the shortness of the top carton but it doesn't detract from it's vintage...ness.
Princess Katherine of France

I'll be doing another one of these although I'm not sure what theme yet. I found my Shakespeare pictures at The Graphics Fairy. Check her out, she has 587 followers! And a beautiful blog.

I must admit, I like this one. Katherine, Taming of the Shrew.

Not pictured is Titania-Queen of the Fairies. C&G Design

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Vintage Block

I have a idea, it came from here. Sounds simple enough, make a vintage block (building block), out of a few items and use that block to display some of your favorite pictures.

The idea is to cut the bottom of a quart of milk, creamer, etc. Fill one bottom with plaster, in my case I used some rocks as a filler, then affix one cover over the other. Yep, that's my goal, but I ran out of plaster half way through and I had to get more out of storage. Drats!

The plaster hardened, grrrr. I could only force, force! The cover on to about halfway, tsk! Makes sense.

Well, I decided since it had layers of paper mache, I'd go ahead a try what I could.

Detouring a little off the subject, I have to mention what inspired my choice of pictures for my block. My son's English teacher, he is a sophomore and until this year he didn't care about doing any work for English. "It's boring." "A lot of paper writing." "I just don't like it." Ugh, we have struggled for no reason other than he didn't want to be there. Believe me. He knows the work. Anyway, this quarter he started coming home and talking about Julius Caesar, lightness and pleasantness in his tone. "What?" Talk about boring....I didn't say that though! He went from two C's up to a B+. Oh, so close to the A she told him he might be able to achieve. Sadly she left last Friday, she's gone on maternity leave with her first child, she also signs her email as Shakespeare Advisor, she made it fun. Shakespeare.

Anyway, here are 3 of the pictures I'm using, all from Shakespeare including the great man himself.

Luckily, my son has her husband for chemistry next year, luckily. Maybe I'll give my block to her. C&G Design.

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