Hello ...I joined Stitchin Fingers on the weekend and am so delighted to be a part of a global collective of sharing women... The creations are simply beautiful... each and every expression so unique…Continue
I simply love anything to do with textiles... layering fabrics, adding mixed media, wet and dry felting, leather work( mostly native clothing... I just finished a white buckskin wedding dress complete with turquoise and crystals). I am simply mad about hand embellishing
( embroidery, beading, incorporating things from nature).
Where did you learn your textile skills?
I am basically self taught, though I attribute my early teaching to both of my parents, each of whom was very skilled in hand stitching. I have taken many courses throughout my life detailing any hand work...
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I have been making things for as long as I can remember ( was 5 years old the first time my Mom place a needle and thread in my hands)... from my first dolls sewn with a running stitch to making gingham aprons and other things in school... and on to richly hand felted garments and accessories ...wall hangings, hand weaving, soft sculpture dolls revealing aspects of our personal journey... to drums and rattles and leather clothing.
For me hand stitching is very meditative... grounding me, helping me focus, bringing a greater awareness of the beauty all around wherever we happen to be. Nature is my greatest inspiration... from the tiniest dandelion poking up through the pavement to the finding of feathers, bone and stone, driftwood ....so much beauty and such a privilege to incorporate these findings into my pieces.
I love being in the presence of women creating and revealing deeper aspects of their own lives through their creations which are energetic signatures of their lives.
i am very new at dolls i just understanding how fabrics and fillings work, but still i don't get my own style, maybe if I don't think so hard, about colours and faces I'll be able to feel they are mine. I don't think I will leave a doll without a face, but probably if I only suggest the facial features... hum interesting... will see.
Hi Sharon - Thank you :-). It is a lot of fun to wear. The dress is traditional clothing for Afghanistan women and they decorated the bodice with embroidery, beads and mirrors. Having lived in Pakistan as a child I do feel a special affinity for that part of the world.
Thank you for your lovely comments on my Afghani Nomad Dress. I wear it every year at the Bead & Button show while working in my sister's bead booth - the first year I wore it I was dubbed "Booth Candy"
Many thanks for your lovely comments. The green man has no mold, I made his face using paper putty shaped and then covered in light weight materials such as silk fibres. The Phoenix is on layered chiffon. I have recently made Boudicca in autumn colors for an American lady. I look forward to seeing you latest pieces. You seem to be a lady of similar taste, I love things based on ancient beliefs.