What the heck is going on with this weather? Rain, rain, rain, gloom, gloom, gloom. I am beginning to think I have been transported by aliens (aliens are always to blame for such things). But I have to admit, it does make for good beading weather so I'll stop my bellyaching.
I have been busy with several things, as usual, but one of the things I have been working on in the past few months are some new displays for when I do shows. Since I have a few shows coming up, I wanted to rethink the way I have been displaying my pieces. Last week, I was in Old Orange having lunch with a friend (did I get photos? Ah, well, maybe next time) and we usually stroll around a bit after eating. One shop we always go to is The Dragonfly. They have some garden items and a shop inside. I happened to find this outside in the garden area and thought it would work nicely as a display for a jewelry piece.
A girl missing her party dress, distressful indeed. But I am in the process of remedying that. On Sunday, I tea dyed some muslin and went to work on making her a dress. That's another nice thing about gloomy weather, it also makes for a perfect day to sew. So I better stop complaining about it.
My vision for this is to have it sort of raggedy and fine at the same time, hence the raveled edge at the bottom. This was done in two separate pieces. I cut shapes and glued them to the top. I've made dresses before for myself but I have to tell you, I am not exactly shaped like this stand. As for the skirt, it is made like one might make a regular skirt to wear and then attached to the stand. And I am especially fond of the pleats instead of the usual gathers.
When I make a dress for myself that calls for gathers, I usually make pleats. They really are easy to do and I think they look much better. You know, it really is that extra bit of time that you put into things, taking time to add just a bit of extra detail that can make a piece truly spectacular. Not that this is exactly that yet, but it is a work in progress. And I think Buddha might be a little worried.
There are other things I'd like to do to this, but I will add more as I get time. Someday, I want to add arms and a head. But for now, adding some ribbons, beads and buttons will do nicely. I don't have a name for this fine lass yet. Which brings me to the thought that maybe I should have a contest to name this fine lady.
Ok, so if any of you out there can think of a good name for her, let me know! I'll be taking names for a week and then come up with some clever way of deciding (this is on the fly, so I haven't thought that far ahead).
Email me or post a comment to let me know what name you think suits her best.
I hope everyone is having a great week so far!