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Monday, May 21, 2007

Pincushion Mannequins - All Dressed Up

I was falling into a bit of slump so I decided to change from what I was working on and turn my attention to the pincushion mannequins I showed you a picture of not to long ago. I've been wanting to do something with them and decided to do it and get it off my mind and just simply dive in and see what happens. So, just to refresh, the original pincushions is on the left.....

This is the next step of dressing up the pincushions. I just measured around the body, pinned on the fabric and pinned and stitched where the darts will be. I stuffed up the shoulders a little and hand stitched the back closed. After that I picked out a colour of fringe for the bottom, then wrapped some beads around over the fringe. The roaring twenties came to mind at this point..
The next step was what to do around the base of the body. I didn't want to leave the trim just sitting there like that...so I dug out some silk flowers that have become immensely useful in many projects lately. Around the trims I just glued in place a strip of silk flowers. That fixed the problem of a very plain hip line.The fringe also got a bit of a haircut. Doesn't that make for a very pretty and feminine look..???

So now what to do with the top of the pincushion. I didn't want to leave it like a headless doll, so I got busy and made some arms for her and then had to decide on a head. The arms were easy but what kind of head.... I decided on a paperclay head with a fabric overlay. A new technique for me and one I rather enjoyed doing. So onto the finishing of the pincushion. The arms are in place and trimmed on the wrists with embroidered lace. The head is attached and is surrounded with a beaded lace, while the back is trimmed with a wired ribbon. The shoulders are dressed with silk flowers. Now she's finished and even her nails are manicured. I hope she inspires you to do something creative today. Her name you ask?? I have no idea why, but I've decided on Lemon Celeste. It just seemed right....lol






4 comments:

  1. Your pincushion mannequin is wonderful.

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  2. Hi Connie,
    Thanks so much. I really enjoyed working on her, she was very agreeable to whatever I chose to do...lol...Romona

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  3. What a transformation!! Very clever, Ro ~

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  4. I absolutely love your mannequin, what a great idea. I love how you dressed her......I want one. Kat

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