When I couldn’t find the right fabric, I designed the pattern myself in Adobe Illustrator.Read More
A little list of books that I am currently reading, and ones lined up in the summer queue.Read More
After making a bustle based on an early 1870s version, I learned that the dress pattern I had purchased wasn’t entirely accurate to the era.Read More
I have a new, big, exciting question to answer: what could have happened to the American Girl dolls, had they grown up?Read More
The American Girl Project is heading back to New Orleans for more Cécile and Marie-Grace images in August!
I'm working on the chemise and crinoline for Cécile and Marie Grace -- it feels great to finally have studio time again 🎀
because film's not dead
What began as an innocent tour of La Hacienda de los Martinez (outside Taos, NM) magically transformed into the opportunity to take more Josefina photographs!
"You would have to clear the request with the museum board, if you're going to use flash," the woman at the front desk explained in answer to my inquiry about taking more professional images in the rooms.
"Oh," I said, seeing my chances improving, "I don't use flash. Just a tripod. And I dress up."
"Well, in that case, go on and get your things, dear."
day 2 was filled with three photo shoots -- the cover image for Josefina Learns a Lesson, an image for the Happy Birthday, Josefina! set, and a second shoot of the cover image for Josefina's Surprise.
day 1 at El Rancho de las Golondrinas (approximately 15 miles south of Santa Fe) was great! this is my third summer working with the museum; every visit is wonderful.
Even though Josefina's Christmas dress hides this pair of bloomers, I still must replicate them in full detail. These are in the style of overalls, rather than in the more typical pant.
today I'm taking a quick break from working on Josefina items to work on Kirsten's rag doll, Sari.
slowly but surely
After spending a few frustrating nights of wanting to burn my new tapestry loom to the ground, I'm finally getting the hang of weaving on this device.
Confession: I approached this project with plans that were overthought -- the tapestry loom setup is simple for a reason. The warp is wound directly on the loom (mistake #1) and while a shed can be created with string heddles, most of the weaving action comes from moving the weft, by hand, over and under the warp threads (mistake #2).
Thankfully, with each new row woven, the process gets a little clearer.
when you realize the little tapestry loom you found won't be big enough, you make your own.
the day I stop searching for a tapestry loom = the day I find a tapestry loom.
Today I'm toning down the bright yellow of the fabric for Josefina's Surprise dress with a little brown fabric dye.
an hour later and making a little progress:
heading to fabric shop #4 today in search of a match.