Saturday, March 12, 2011

This sketch is a simple rendition of the little slipper I saw in Godeys magazine.

And this is what I came up with. I dyed silk ribbon to match. Who ever knew there were so many shades of red? This is one of the pieces I will be teaching at Celebration. I am so excited about finally getting the little shoe as I envisioned it. I wanted it sparkly, since the Ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz were my inspiration for color. For a simpler design on the toe, I chose an adaptation from a 16th Century lace pattern book. I love going to these old copies, and working up a design to stitch.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

No help from the elves

I have spent the last 4 days working on the Ruby Slipper. Although I spent most of the night constructing the shoe in my head, when I got up this morning, I found that the elves had not come during the night to finish it for me. All I got was the old shoe last. Guess I better go sew the sole to the upper shoe.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Peaceful Day

Hubby left early, early this morning for the North Carolina Professional Photographers Convention, so it has really been quite here. Just the kitties to talk with.

I worked on the templates for the Ruby Slipper this morning, and then worked on the design. I can't wait to get this piece finished. I have seen so many different slippers, but have not actually seen one quite like I am hoping this one will be when finished. It is based on a drawing from Godeys Ladies Book.

I love those books, and wish I had all of them. I enjoy reading all of the stories, the bad and dismal poetry, and looking at all of the needlework and sewing projects. The hand colored fashion plates are so pretty.

Must get back to stitching now.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A new teaching piece... finished!

I have been extremely busy since Nashville, finishing the models for Celebration of Needlework. Last night at 10:00pm, the photo of Lucy's Pocket was posted on my website. After several re-starts, I finally finished it! Monday I start on the Ruby Slipper. I designed this pocket based on several antique pieces I have seen. When it came to naming it, I chose my nickname, Lucy. But, I also love the poem, Lucy Locket who lost her pocket. When researching the poem, I was very interested to discover some of the possbile interpretations of the poem. Here is the photo I posted:

My daughter is here trying to help me figure out how to set up my blog, and keep it more active. So far, we have lost the background. We are hoping hubby can help find it again, and that it does not wind up like Lucy's Pocket, with not a thing in it. I am going to try to be a little more consistent in my postings.Til next time.