Tuesday, March 11, 2008

*theprimitivepatch* -star*spangled*pretties

Primitive Folk Art Ladybug Doll 'n' Flower

~Sweet Spring Ladybug n Flower~

Isn't it spring yet?? I don't know about you, but I am definitely getting spring fever!! :0)

She measures 20 inches (not including those feelers of hers!) and made from painted, sanded and stained muslin, and cute as can be! She has a round-like-a-ball head. Her eyes are painted on, then detailed and shaded with artist pencil. I handstitched separate lids over each eye.

Her lil nose is needle sculpted to add dimension, then shaded and her pouty red lips are stitched on. I put just a touch of blush on those cheeks. All her buggie dots on her bodice and arms are circles of black wool felt each handstitched in place. Her dots on the wings and the little dots on her slippers are painted. Her arms are string jointed so they are moveable and each elbow is able to bend slightly so you can vary her poses.

I've handstitched red tinsel garland in place around her neckline and also at the bend of each elbow. Her antennas are black chenille stems finished off with a rusty jingle bell on each end. Her wings have thin wire hanstitched inside between the two layers of muslin, so you can shape them to mimic real ladybug wings- they are held in place at the top by the black button and can open and close as you wish. Her dress is a tan cotton print with tiny red stars and a contrasting red polka dot waistband and black distressed ric-rac.

I've sewn the same polka dot and ric-rac around the hem and added a skirt of fine black tulle under her dress for a bit of whimsey. She has painted slippers and I stitched three little rusty bells on the tops of each one. Her primitive lil cone flower is painted, sanded and stained muslin. I used a plain old stick from my backyard for the stem and wrapped it in aged, colorwashed green cheesecloth and tied it into two leaves at the top.

I have it wired to her hands for the pictures, so it is removable. This little bug, her dress and the flower have been given a cinnamon rub-down to age her a little more. She looks great hanging from the loop in her back, but just as cute sitting as well. She will come to you signed and dated on her backside under the wings.....
If you want to adopt her, you'll need to bid on her. With the amount of work I put into her, I won't be making any duplicates....sorry :0)
This little gal was handmade by me using a pattern from Back Porch Pickins, and the flower was from a Sweetmeadowsfarm pattern.
Thanks for lookin'.........and happy bidding!
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