Thursday, June 30, 2016

Art Doll #1 From My Artful Gathering Class - Florence



I've had a delightful time the past few weeks making the dolls for Hally Levesque's"Romantic Rosabella" class in Session 1 of Artful Gathering.  I was only going to make 2 dolls but could not decide which color I wanted the base to be so I ended up choosing seven different colors from solid color fabric my sister had given me.


I figured at least one or two of the dolls would come out nicely and was pleasantly surprised when they all did. Even though the dolls are all similar looking they all ended up having their own little personalities. To no surprise most are "Diva's" or at least they think they are.


This is the first doll I made from that class.  She has a handmade with hand sculpted paper clay face, arm, and bonnet. She also has handmade silk ribbon flowers as well as painted flowers down the front of her dress. Handmade silk ribbon flowers are also used for her bouquet and to decorate her bonnet.


I had been saving the green, white and black flower lace in her overskirt for several years and finally had a chance to use it here.  Gathered tulle is underneath her lace overskirt which adds to her romantic look.


She has light pink and light green merino tencel hair which has been braided into an 8" long braid.

I decided to name this art doll "Florence" after my great, great aunt.

Art Doll #2 From My Artful Gathering Class - Lena



I've had a delightful time the past few weeks making the dolls for Hally Levesque's"Romantic Rosabella" class in Session 1 of Artful Gathering.  I was only going to make 2 dolls but could not decide which color I wanted the base to be so I ended up choosing seven different colors from solid color fabric my sister had given me.


I figured at least one or two of the dolls would come out nicely and was pleasantly surprised when they all did. Even though the dolls are all similar looking they all ended up having their own little personalities. To no surprise most are "Diva's" or at least they think they are.


This is the second doll I made from that class. She has a handmade with hand sculpted paper clay face, arm, and bonnet. She also has handmade silk ribbon flowers as well as painted flowers down the front of her dress. Handmade silk ribbon flowers are also used for her bouquet and to decorate her bonnet. Her gathered overskirt is made from white lace.


I had been saving some of the beautiful hand dyed and batted alpaca fibers my sister had given me over the last two years and was thrilled I would be able to utilize some of it here. This dolls hair was created from a handmade alpaca batt combination of some of my sister's black alpaca fiber and blue angelina fibers. Her alpaca fiber batt worked beautifully in creating my dolls 8" long braided hair.

If you would like to see more of my sister's alpaca fibers she sells her alpaca fiber products in her Rock Garden Alpaca's Etsy shop.


I decided to name this art doll Lena. She's definitely a "diva" or so she thinks.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Delightful Time With Romantic Art Dolls


I finally finished the art dolls that I was making based upon the Romantic Rosabella online class that I've been taking during the first session of Artful Gathering 2016.



2016 - Hally Levesque - Romantic Rosabella - A Ribbons & Roses Doll Project 

The online class was taught by Hally Levesque who is an exceptional art doll artist, photographer and a bit of a history buff. This was my 2nd class with Hally. Last year I took her Bonnets and Beaus: A Regency Doll Project Online Class and loved it. My review of that class is here.

Hally Levesque, is an amazing art doll artist that I greatly admire. She makes the most beautiful historical cloth, primitive folk art, and character original art dolls. If you would like to learn more about Hally her Creative Doll Works website is here and her blog is here.

For this class I was only going to make 2 dolls but could not decide which color I wanted the base to be so I ended up choosing seven different colors from solid color fabric my sister had given me.

I figured at least one or two of the dolls would come out nicely and was pleasantly surprised when they all did. Even though the dolls are all similar looking they all ended up having their own little personalities. To no surprise most are "Diva's" or at least they think they are.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Gotta Love Patriotic, Americana and 4th of July Home Decorations Free E-Books


It's the start of the summer season in the U.S. and for crafters thoughts turn to the 4th of July, patriotic, and  americana home decorations. With that in mind I thought you might enjoy a few free e-books showing you how to make some adorable woodcraft decorations for your home.  They're all very easy to make and include a firecracker trio, birdhouse, stars, USA cube decoration and flags.

I hope you enjoy making your patriotic USA woodcraft decorations.

My How To Make Patriotic and 4th of July Primitive USA Cube Decorations Free E-Book






It's the start of the summer season in the U.S. and for crafters thoughts turn to the 4th of July, patriotic, and  americana home decorations. With that in mind I thought you might enjoy a few free e-books showing you how to make some adorable woodcraft decorations for your home.  They're all very easy to make and include a firecracker trio, birdhouse, stars, USA cube decoration and flags.

I hope you enjoy making your patriotic USA woodcraft cubes decoration.




To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

My How To Make An Americana and 4th of July Birdhouse Decoration Free E-Book



It's the start of the summer season in the U.S. and for crafters thoughts turn to the 4th of July, patriotic, and  americana home decorations. With that in mind I thought you might enjoy a few free e-books showing you how to make some adorable woodcraft decorations for your home. They're all very easy to make and include a firecracker trio, birdhouse, stars, USA cube decoration and flags.

I hope you enjoy making your patriotic primitive birdhouse woodcraft decoration.


To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

My How To Make Americana and 4th of July Primitive Patriotic Star Decorations Free E-Book


It's the start of the summer season in the U.S. and for crafters thoughts turn to the 4th of July, patriotic, and  americana home decorations. With that in mind I thought you might enjoy a few free e-books showing you how to make some adorable woodcraft decorations for your home. They're all very easy to make and include a firecracker trio, birdhouse, stars, USA cube decoration and flags.

I hope you enjoy making your patriotic primitive stars woodcraft decoration.




To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

My How To Make Americana and 4th of July Primitive Patriotic Flag Decorations Free E-Book


It's the start of the summer season in the U.S. and for crafters thoughts turn to the 4th of July, patriotic, and  americana home decorations. With that in mind I thought you might enjoy a few free e-books showing you how to make some adorable woodcraft decorations for your home. They're all very easy to make and include a firecracker trio, birdhouse, stars, USA cube decoration and flags.

I hope you enjoy making your patriotic primitive flags woodcraft decoration.


To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

My How To Make An Americana and 4th of July Firecracker Trio Decoration Free E-Book



It's the start of the summer season in the U.S. and for crafters thoughts turn to the 4th of July, patriotic, and americana home decorations. With that in mind I thought you might enjoy a few free e-books showing you how to make some adorable woodcraft decorations for your home.  They're all very easy to make and include a firecracker trio, birdhouse, stars, USA cube decoration and flags.

I hope you enjoy making your patriotic primitive firecracker trio woodcraft decoration.




To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book by clicking on the down arrow in the top center.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Let's Hear It For The Red, White and Blue


To say I just love dolls would probably be an understatement based on the number of dolls I've made during over the years. It's got to be close to 2,000 now if not more. So, of course, I've made dolls for the 4th of July holiday season. Since they're also patriotic they're out during the Summer months.

I don't always make my dolls exactly like the patterns call for. In fact, most of the time they are entirely different.


The dolls shown in the picture above and below were adapted from a bunny and angel pattern I had seen in a March 1996 Crafts N Things magazine and was designed by Donna Newman. I thought they'd look cuter as as patriotic dolls and hope you would agree.


Other Americana and 4th of July Craft Decorations For The Summer Months


Now I know what you're thinking, "You've never met a wreath you haven't loved. Yeah, right Linda.... you love everything crafty. In fact, there isn't any craft you've met that you haven't loved!" Well, that may be true but wreaths certainly are one of my favorites. I love making them and love decorating with them.

So, of course, I made a patriotic wreath that hangs in my kitchen during the Summer months. I made the wreath shown in the picture above in 2002 and it was made based on a Pretty Primitives pattern.


I also love decorating my front door for the various holidays and seasons. My house is painted a colonial burgundy color so the big Uncle Sam woodcraft, shown in the picture above, looks great on the front door all during the Summer months. He was also made in 2002 and was based on a TLC Crafters pattern.


I had seen an adorable Uncle Sam ornament by Mary Ayres in a June/July 2000 Crafts magazine and just had to make one. He's totally adorable - don't you think?

So, what do you decorate your house with during the Summer months?


Thursday, June 23, 2016

My BIG Uncle Sam!



What would summer be like without all our Americana, 4Th of July, and Uncle Sam decorations. Well, it certainly would be boring color wise. The red, whites, and blues are always so festive and cheery looking.

One of my favorite BIG dolls and woodcraft is a self-sitting Uncle Sam that resides in the corner of my kitchen for the entire summer. He just sits there and every time I look at him I can't help but think of the role New England played in the history of this country. In particular he makes me think of the American Revolution and Paul Revere, etc.

My Uncle Sam is 32" tall and was made based upon a TLC Crafters design. He's so cheery sitting in his corner that I decided to name him "Firecracker Sam."

"Firecracker Sam" was made from 3/4" pine wood and was painted blue. Painted black stitches outline the edge of his face, beard, and mustache. Painted white stars adorn his hat and white stripes run down his pant legs. He is holding a painted wooden flag and set of firecrackers in his lap.

So, all summer long he just sits atop his pedestal. He did have one request this year and that was to know when we would be showing his favorite movie - "Yankee Doodle Dandy." I told him I wasn't sure, but I would try to make sure we showed it for him.

Gotta Love Americana and 4th of July Decorations


It's the start of the summer season in the U.S. and for crafters thoughts turn to the 4th of July and Americana decorations. If you love 4th of July, Americana, and primitive home decorations you'll love our Americana dolls and 4th of July patterns.

Our Americana and 4th of July e-patterns are all Linda Walsh Originals designs. Some of our handmade Americana and 4th of July dolls were made based on our own designs while others were made based on other designers patterns.










Uncle George - Designer Linda Walsh





Adam - Pattern Designer Sparkles N Spirit


Santa - Pattern Designer Angels Attic


Uncle Sam Bear - Body Pattern Designer - Mulberry Street Clothing
Clothing Designer - Linda Walsh

Enjoy! It's hot fun in the summer time.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Sam Man - The Snow Patriot - E-Pattern and Handmade Doll



"Sam Man - The Snow Patriot!" wants to show everyone how patriotic he is and is going to do so by wearing his favorite red, white, and blue outfit when he marches in the "Independence Day" parade.

His couldn't be prouder of his country or his fellow country men. They fought well in the Revolutionary War and won their right to independence. That's cause for celebration in Sam Man's book.

"Sam Man - The Snow Patriot!" is a 15" self-standing patriotic snowman Americana doll. He has warm and natural body. His face is outline embroidered with black floss and he has two large antique button eyes, a felt carrot nose, and blushed cheeks. He has two large black button down the center of his snowman body.

He is wearing his favorite outfit. His coat is lined and cuffed, and is tied just under his neck with a floss bow. His bow tie is red, white, and blue and his floppy lined top hat is, too. He has a long white scarf wrapped around his neck and tied in a knot to the left side of his neck.

"Sam Man - The Snow Patriot!" is carrying two flags that he hopes to wave during the Independence Day parade.

"Snow Me Red, White, and Blue!"is a proud citizen - that is, if snowmen can be citizens - and wants everyone to know it.

So, let's hear it for the right to be independent. Let's hear it for America - Land of the free!



“Sam Man - The Snow Patriot!”, 15” Country Uncle Sam Snowman Patriotic Doll Decoration E-Pattern - Patriotic Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Linda's Review of Fabric Art Journals by Pam Sussman - How About Some Fabric Covered Journals?


Several years ago I decided to make fabric covered journals for my twin granddaughters. They were in junior high school at the time and I wanted something a little different as one of their presents for Christmas that year. So, I decided to create the journals.

Foolishly I didn't take a picture of them, but I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed making them. They were nothing like the journals I'm about to tell you about. Mine were crudely covered three ring binders, but they were pretty all the same.

When I saw the book Fabric Art Journals: Making, Sewing, and Embellishing Journals from Cloth and Fibers (Quarry Book)  by Pam Sussman during bookstore shopping trip with my Mother it reminded me of the crude journals I had made so I decided to flip through it.

There is a quote from Pam Sussman on the back cover that says, "Fabric books simply beg to be touched and experienced through the hands as well as the eyes." I couldn't agree more.

I might add that sometimes the fabric journals become works of art all unto themselves and beg you to just look at them. Like other works of art - to touch them you might just ruin them.

Since I am a lover of anything made with fabric whether it is a bowl, a box, a quilted landscape, ATC's (artist trading cards), floral fashions, dolls, baskets, altered art, etc. I knew that I would like this book.

Pam's book covers the basics of creating fabric art journals and then embellishing them. It includes 8 projects - 3 for beginners, 3 for intermediate journal makers, and 2 with advance binding techniques. Templates for the 8 projects are found in the very back of the book.

In the section on the basics of fabric art journals you'll find information on fabric journal tools, fabric journals versus paper journals, hand sewing versus machine sewing, accurate measuring and cutting, pressing, choosing fabrics and thread, inner support, basic sewing stitches, and basic edge finishes. Basically, everything you need to know to try creating fabric art journals.

In the embellishments section you learn about tea-dyeing fabrics, painting fabrics, adding words to cloth pages, image transfers, applique, art quilting, easy embroidery, eyelets and other hardware, button, fancy edges, fancy closures, beads, and trims. Each page is filled with pictures and/or illustrations as well as how-to's or step-by-step instructions.

In the fabric book projects section Pam shows you with step-by-step illustrations how to make a muslin journal, concertina journal, button-bound book, tape bound journal, fabric-stitch journal, house box journal, coptic-bound journal, and dream journal.

Flipping through these sections I found myself thinking that I could make that or wouldn't that be a wonderful gift for so and so. I wanted to try all of them. Then again, if you know me, you know my desire to try everything and anything crafty is much larger than the constraints of time. I need to clone ME.

In the back of the book there is a Gallery chapter filled with pictures of fabric art journals created by other artists. They are all unbelievable and you really need to see them for yourself. The pictures are beautiful, but I'm sure they don't do some of these fabric art journals justice. They truly are works of art.

During this shopping trip after a while my Mother appeared and asked me what was taking me so long. I showed her the book I was looking at. She was intrigued and wanted to see some of the projects, too. We both loved them all and agreed that we should at least try making one or two, okay maybe three of them. The problem is how to choose. We love them all.

If you are looking for a challenge and looking for something that is truly unique then you should try your hand at making a fabric art journal. I'm sure if you gave it to someone as a gift that it would become a family heirloom.

Of course, if I could clone myself I'd make all of the fabric art journals in this book and many, many more. They are just so unique and so pretty. Pretty little works of art.

Alpacas Rock 1 Fabric Designs Collection


I keep telling myself that I'm going to stop designing custom fabrics for awhile and then end up designing some more.  This time I decided to design some new alpaca custom fabrics to coordinate with some of my new Alpaca Rock Product Gallery home decor lines and Alpaca Rock Product Gallery Christmas home decor lines.

My 11 new alpaca custom fabric designs coordinate beautifully with my new gallery products and are as follows:



  

  

   


I hope you like my new alpaca custom fabric designs and new Alpacas Rock Product Gallery lines.

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