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Friday, June 24, 2011

New Regency bonnets

Two new Regency era bonnets have just been finished. One is in the Etsy shop, and the other is a commission. The commission is based on a previous bonnet that was posted about before. The client liked the silk fabric, but needed different trims to coordinate with her dress. For this bonnet, antique metal lace, silk organza, antique silk ribbons, an antique ostrich plume, and wonderful antique metal bobble laces were used. The pinked silk from the previous post was gathered and placed around the outer brim.

A new way of using pleated silk organza was utilized on the underside of the brim and the rosette at top.

This silk organza bonnet has a vintage straw brim and hand worked ribbonwork flower.

Both bonnets are mainly hand-sewn, no glues or visible machine work. This makes for a more authentic appearance.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Cool antique tools-Pinking Machines

I am sharing my favorite antique tools with you. These are called pinking machines, and are mainly from the late 19th, early 20th century. Like pinking scissors, these little machines cut decorative edges on fabrics and leather, preventing fray. Early use of pinking tools has been found in Elizabethan garments, where they were slashed and pinked, showing under layers through the cuts. In the 18th century they were used to finish sleeves and edges, creating a light weight "hem." See above photo of an 18th century sleeve flounce. Women used iron tools that were struck with a hammer on a slab held in their laps. A long day of that would have surely racked the bones. I own some hand-held pinking tools, and believe me, this is true:

Trying to find the machines takes digging and patience. The traditional straight edged pinking machines are much easier to find, even in the hand cranking models. I started with the deep V shape machine here:

Here is the pattern it cuts:

I was really after the curved scallop shape, and found this small model...but the curves are rather small, creating almost v-shaped curves:

Here is the pattern of this machine:

At last, the machine I was looking for:

It creates this pattern:

Later I will post the use of this pinked silk on a hat.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ultimate Steampunk delight! Antique tractor and steam engine museum event

A big event runs this weekend and next weekend at the Antique Tractor and Steam Sngine Museum in Vista. I just took these photos this morning, and it is a wonderful place for art reference and the excitement of engines. The steam engines at the museum are usually
housed under shelter, and they are taken out and paraded around during this event. There are many many types of tractors and steam engines..

even tractor races...

old dream is to own an old truck like this one day and live on a long dirt road in the country...

The cost is 10.00 for all day entertainment. There are lots of food and drink booths, bbq, etc.
The address is:
2040 North Santa Fe Avenue
Vista, CA 92084
(760) 941-1791

Friday, June 17, 2011

New painting-life study in dual lighting

Here is another portrait from life I did in Erik's class. We had a lavender bulb on one side for cool lighting, and a yellow bulb on the other for warm lighting. It's fun and challenging to paint.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Doll Party painting step by step part 3

The finish of the first doll is one its way. I still need to work on roses near her and the sash and last arm. The dreaded area of boxes is next...just have to power through that part!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Doll Party painting step by step part 2

Work has begun in the lower corner of the painting. I hope to have the composition step the eye in from this area. The next move will be the painting of the first doll. Painting of dark objects is a challenge, there may need to be more light values painted into the chest. This can be determined after more progress is made in other areas. The reference certainly has more lights on that area, but it has more light everywhere, and mood can be controlled by the direction of light intensity.