Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Vine Beading For A Custom Lady
Katrina is a special order doll for Ashley at Mystic Magic - http://www.mysticmagiconline.co.uk/
And so far she's coming alone just as I wanted her too:) (It doesn't always happen!) She has layers and layers of petticoats, a cream silk taffeta gown covered with a web of black lace, with a skirt in two layers.
Decorating the lace is a trace like vine-like pattern of beading around the higher layer hem, down the side of her skirt from her waist on one side, her sleeves and her bodice.
Her eyes are old grey buttons that have a fade to them from light grey in the centre to black at the edges. And they give her a lovely soft dreamy look in her kind face.
Using pearl and dark grey seed bead and tiny tiny silver lined clear beads I strung together different lengths to decorate her bodice, curling and twisting as I went to give it a more organic look. Between and around each tendril all over her gown I'll be adding tiny diamonte crystals to give her extra sparkle.
I'm not used to beading, but I found it very relaxing once I had a pattern to work to. And at the end of the week I had only snapped one needle and left one other totally mangled and twisted. That's not bad going for me :)
The dark grey days are merging together and becoming one long wet winter. And I really hope that it ends soon and the sun comes out. I won't even complain if it's cold. I promise x
While I plan out the next stage and talk to Ashley about what her hair should look like ad what accessories she needs I've started work on my Storyteller doll at long last.
My Donna Lilith has bright honey coloured eyes, and I'm using the influence from many of my favourite paintings to design her outfit and accessories. I really love Elizabethan portraits, the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites and Alfonse Mucha. It's all quite a mix but it'll all come together, I hope :) xxx