30 September 2009

Wee Princess Rosamunde


Wee Princess Rosamunde, originally uploaded by ivoryblushroses.

With more time at home than I had expected this week (my cold turned into bronchitis and an eye infection!) I spent some time looking through various art and craft books. One of those was Salley Mavor's, "Wee Folk". I'd long wanted to try my hand at making some of her little fairy folk. Being short on silk flowers for skirts, I pulled a bit of lace from my stash instead. Topped with a simple skirt of bits of silk ribbon trimmings, a sweet little felt jacket embroidered with rayon threads, Rosamunde came to life! Being a spinner, I thought I had lots of fleece that would work wonderfully for her hair, but the colors turned out to be all wrong! Too bright, too dull, wrong colors, nothing just right. Then I spied a hank of rust colored wool I'd brought home from my Mother's and realized I had just the right auburn shade if only I could figure out how to make it work! Unplying the wool gave it a lovely curly look, perfect for a lush head of cascading locks!

Rosamunde and Dancer
While gathering embroidery threads for wrapping the arms and legs of Rosamunde, I came across this old felt horse I designed and made when I was a teenager. Though a bit worn and smushed, he made a charming mount for Rosamunde and she promptly named him Dancer!

For the record, Rosamunde is 2 1/2" tall. Dancer is 3 1/4" tall.

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