Counting down the days to the Museum Exhibit. now. This is the 3rd to the last Jester I’m making for the exhibit. Olivia is a design by Leta Benedict. One of my absolute favourite designers. I only had the privilege of spending one day in a class with her, but I soaked it up like a sponge and learned so much by watching and having her right there to make sure I was going in the right direction. Leta loves to use lace and ribbon and lovely silks for her dolls, she is very much like me when it comes to details. Only the best for our little people. ;o))
Here comes Olivia. I haven’t done the face technique this time, that Leta does, but I did use her techniques of using lace and ribbons to their best advantage. I’ve included lots of pictures for her. I don’t usually like to hold people hostage looking at pictures for too long, but there is so much to her that I decided to show her from many angles.
Around her bottom area, where the body is gathered up, I’ve added layers of organza to fill in the space. It just felt like it wasn’t really covered enough, and I wanted the added volume as well to hold her skirt out. I used a dupioni silk for the skirt which has more weight to it than the wide ribbon that Leta used.
I love the mix of colours, fabrics and prints. I wasn’t sure how they would work together, but am very happy with the final results.
I used Tibetan Lambskin for her hair. The trims around the face and sleeves look beaded, but it’s not. It’s a metallic trim I came across a while ago and thankfully I ordered a few colours as it was on sale for a really good price. It’s soft and easy to cut to size and you can stitch it on. Just perfect for doll making. It was the last of what they had, so you know that’s a sign to grab it fast.
A little closer look at her details. The ball is painted with Deco Art Metallic paints. The bottom is finished with felt and on the sides just a couple of organza style flowers in two colours and more of the metallic trim.
On the front you can see the lace. I cut that into pieces and fashioned it around her waist, down the front of the skirt and a small piece on her forehead. The ribbon down the front is tightly gathered, the same technique is used around her neck, wrists and ankles. Just a few beads here and there and of course bells to make her jingle.
Olivia says thank you for stopping by. She’s gone downstairs to join the others, all waiting to make their way to the museum… ;o)