Friday, November 22, 2013
Why would I ever think I needed two blogs? (Or perhaps even one!) So, I have decided to simplify things and concentrate on my other blog Chip Butter White Oak. Therefore, this will be my final post here at Colony Mountain Folk Art Dolls. I sincerely hope all of my followers will come on over. And, if you see Chip Butter on your blog, you will know it is just me.
There are more photos of the new doll over on Chip Butter. I am especially proud of this one and would love to show her to you.
Posted by Chip Butter at 7:22 AM
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
A picture is not cloth! So this is the best I can do to show what came out of the black walnut dye pot. What went into the pot, which was filled with water and a half dozen whole black walnuts, hull and all, was a bundle of leaves and scrap pieces of beige dress linen. I never expected to find, as I unrolled the bundles, which had soaked overnight in the hot solution, something so beautiful. Now, in my opinion, brown just doesn't get any better than this. I was unable to take a picture that showed the true colors and patterns in these beautiful pieces, so finally scanned one of them, which is not exact but better than the photos.
I could wear something made out of this, and truly wish the pieces were larger so I might sew myself an apron or a jumper like the ones India Flint wears. In the mean time, while the dye pot is still filled with this wonderful concoction I have a few more things that need a little sprucing up...lets see there's the pink blouse I've never liked, and....
Posted by Chip Butter at 7:19 PM
Saturday, September 28, 2013
As of late, I have gotten knee-deep into reading India Flint's Second Skin ~ choosing and caring for textiles and clothing and Eco Colour ~ botanical dyes for beautiful textiles. Having become absolutely fascinated with her work, I decided to play around with some of her techniques. When I slipped into bed last evening, I had left in the garage, a pot in which was brewing three bundles of leaves and cloth. It was not with a small amount of excitement, much like Christmases of old, that I untied those bundles this morning to see what magic had taken place overnight while I slept.
The cloth I used for this experiment is flour sacking, or so it seems to me. The pieces I used had some staining, so what would a few more leaf stains matter! My mother had carefully trimmed each piece, sewed a zig-zag stitch around the edges, and starched and ironed each one.
The latest little doll is modeling one of the eco-pieces. She is still trying to decide how she wants to be dressed and what kind of hair she will have.
Posted by Chip Butter at 3:34 PM
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Inspiration for Ualani can be found in the old Skookum Indian Dolls, which were first made by Mary McAboy, of Missoula, Montana in 1913. She received a patent for them in 1914. Her first dolls were made with dried apple heads and dressed in calico dresses and trade blankets. Her dolls were sold to the tourists at trading posts in Western United States. Today, they are highly collectible.
Ualani, which means heavenly rain, is made of cloth and paper clay. She is 15 inches tall from the top of her sculpted hair to the bottom of her sculpted moccasins.
~A special thanks to Sarah, my friend from the other side of the hill, for sending all the fabrics (except the scarf) from which the doll's clothes were made.
Monday, July 29, 2013
is all finished except for her clothing. My friend Sarah, from the other side of the hill, sent me some wonderful fabric pieces that are just perfect for this little Native American gal, so I am anxious to get her all dressed up. Her moccasins and hair are sculpted from clay, something a bit different for this doll. I am having trouble with the naming this time...U is a hard one. I am looking for something beginning with U, with words in English, like Yellow Elk, Soft Shadow, or White Star......... Of course, I could name her the Indian name, Ualani, which means Heavenly Rain...just might help bring this dry land some "heavenly rain."
Posted by Chip Butter at 6:11 PM
Friday, April 26, 2013
My latest little cloth and clay doll isn't a cowgirl. Or a pretty little Native American doll. She harks back to a time when a young lady wore lace and lots of it. I am not sure about the age of the laces used in her unders, but the lace which trims her dress made of homespun is vintage. Her hair is sculpted or molded from paste and cotton floss and held back on one side with a bit of satin ribbon. She stands about 13 1/2 inches tall, but prefers to sit and sew on her cross-stitched sampler. She has been of good temperance each day of her long journey, being quite patient with me, so in keeping with my alphabet challenge, her name had to start with the letter T...thus Temperance.