Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Work in Process-Kings and Queens

Kings and Queens and Bishops too
Want to wish the best to you
So wish day, wash day, what do you say
Happy birthday to you!



I have had in mind to make a royal family of peg dolls for a while.  So now I have completed the king and queen using the 3 inch size wooden bases.
Royal children will follow.




I used a variety of colors, not just the royal
red and blue.  I covered the doll with a color
and then add a cape that accents or contrasts to the body.
Both are embroidered with various stitches
that appeal to me.  No two are alike in color
or stitching.  On some of the capes I experimented
with punching out a star or heart then sewing
2 capes together of different colors so the shape
is visible.

I used the following stitches: chain, running, blanket,
feather and french knot and I use these stitches a lot because they are relatively easy and versatile.

There are many sites, blogs and You Tube tutorials for embroidery.  here is one: Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials.




Work table with peg dolls in various stages of completion.



 Detail of body covering with stitching.

 

 Cloaks on




























































































































































Hair roving is lightly needle felted for durability.


 
Unisex crowns.









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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Route 1A Mosaic


Route 1A, Rye, NH


New Hampshire has a short stretch of coastline and it is a wonderful for a joy ride any time of year.  This particular day was the day before Nemo struck with 2 feet of snow. The sea was calm and the day was clear. So clear it looked like the Isles of Shoals were close instead of 6 miles out.
source: Wikipedia



The Isles of Shoals is partly in NH and partly in Maine.  It was used by the native Americans for seasonal fishing camps.  John Smith sighted and named them in 1614.  Poet Celia Thaxter hosted an arts community and gardened there in the 19th century.   In 1813 there was a famous unsolved murder of two Norwegian women, Karen Christensen and Anethe Christensen.  Celia wrote about it and so did Anita Shreve.  I enjoyed her book, The Weight of Water.  It tells the story of the murder through Karen's younger sister Maren who hid in a cave to survive but it also has a modern day point of view told through a photographer who is working on a photo essay about the murders.  I recommend it.




Today the islands are used for research, tourism, religious retreats and wildlife.

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