Tuesday, January 1, 2013
That Awkward Stage
But I like the dress and the boots. The boots are felted from a yummy colored piece of felting bat that came in one of Living Felt's Specialty Designer Packs (http://www.livingfelt.com). I'm felting the bear with their products too.
I made the dress from scraps of a beautiful pure cotton quilting backing fabric that I have. The scraps are leftovers from a quilt I made my daughter and son-in-law as a wedding present, so every time I use some of that fabric it evokes happy memories. But the star of the dress is the vintage lace pieces that I embellished it with. I got them all on Etsy from shops here in the US so I assume that they were originally made here. The exception is the darker rosette at her waist. I crocheted that one just for fun. I used size 30 crochet thread, and I think the thread on many of the vintage pieces must be size 80 or 100 (much thinner!). I marvel at the workmanship of these old pieces and am glad to find them a new home. The large scalloped piece around the waist - the piece that forms a sort of overskirt - is delicate Irish crochet with its gorgeous 3D roses.
Speaking of old pieces, it give me pause to use them in this way. But, as I say, I think I'm giving them new life. None of them are in perfect condition and are probably not usable in any other way. I hope I am honoring them - which is my intention.