I have almost completed the lovely Ursula. I am so excited with her progress! I just need to make a couple of more items for her basket and she will be ready to find her new home.
Since last we talked I have found her a lovely little basket and painted and sanded it to Halloween perfection. I made her a little felt frog (for her potion, shhh dont tell the frog, I would hate for him to hop away on us, LOL)
I have also added a lovely vintage lace collar, I had just enough of this pretty lace to do her cuffs as well. I love this lace and have been trying to find just the right project for it as there was only about 3/4 yards of it left.
Ursula has a pretty new skirt made from orange and black homespun, (very practical for traveling) and a pretty pair of pantaloons underneath. I took some of the skirt fabric and used it to sew a tie on her pretty cloak. It worked out perfectly as it covered the open seam from where the hood attaches the the cape, this gives a nice finished look to her "unfished looking' cloak. I also added a few rusty bells to the tip of her hat and the closure of her collar.
the real ingenuity came in when I was trying to figure out how to make her able to be displayed hanging as well as sitting. I usually use a nice strong ribbon and a pretty button fastened at the back of the dolls neck for hanging. But I did not want to cut a hole in the cloak so that the ribbon would poke through nor did I want to just hang her from a ribbon on the cloak as it would make her look like her cloak was litterally hanging her. So I came up with a very clever solution. I took a vintage shank style button and attached it to the back of her neck, then I made a pretty loop on the middle inside of her cloak to fasten to that button, and put my regular style loop and button on the outside back of her cloak. This worked perfectly as she is able to hang from the wall with her pretty cloak still on.
Any who, All she is lacking now is a couple more goodies for her basket. I am trying to find a little bottle I can grunge up and I will probably make a little pouch to put in as well. She should be up tomorrow for auction.
Thank you for sharing a bit in my creative process.
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