Thursday, October 24, 2019

Ladybug : Part Two

As we last left LadyBug...
Body finished and fabrics chosen...
Missed Part One? Read it here!

LadyBug = Piáo Chóng

When the first thought of costuming for a piece comes to mind, my goal is to I think beyond color and fabric.
I start by setting my mind at the heart of the symbolism:
"Delight, happiness, and playful spirit symbolize the Ladybug. 
She shall bring abundance of blessings."

Who is this person or creature?...What are their characteristics?...What is their body constructed of?
"The red shield and black spots that cover her wings 
announce her unique and playful spirit that bring smiles 
wherever her heart takes her on her journey."

In this case, she holds a subtle elegance. With a hint of playfulness and being light-hearted...not taking herself too seriously.
She carries with her at all times a soft smile and her ability to be delicate. She loves bold colors of contrast.

With this in mind, my fabric choices end up being easy to select!
Elegant, playful, light-hearted, delicate, bold colors of contrast.

Dress Fabrics
Liner in red spotted batik - Overdress in silk with "tatting" edge

Wing Fabrics
Batik Liner in red - Spotted sheer appliqued fabric in black

When I design my costumes for any of my dolls, I pay attention to each detail of the process.
For this dress the fabric had such beautiful cut out "tatting" sections and I wanted to make the most of those beautiful aspects.

I cross my dresses left over right as in Japanese traditional (being alive). So with that in mind I laid out the fabric so the top of the skirt  on (her) left side would show in the front. As well as placing that cut out along the top of the sleeves to meet at the cut outs along the shoulders.

I love the peep through of the spotted batik liner!

Her wings act as her cloak...I also laid this fabric out thoughtfully in that each side mirrored in the patterns of the applique.
Below is the wing back and interior. I top stitched  some of the circles of the applique side to not only create a functional stability bit also a decorative treatment.

For topping her head...I used some of the sequins as a "cap" on her head and added buns to mimic true ladybug eyes...

Final touch was to gather the sleeves and the bottom of the skirt to create the roundness of a ladybug body!

As I started with Symbolism...I will end this posting with the same...
My darling husband, Sean and I went away for a weekend as I was in the midst of creating LadyBug and when we came back, I found that an owl feather ( I collect feathers that cross my path) had landed on her personal interpretation was "listen to your own soul's voice"...
"Rather than intellectual wisdom, owls are connected with the wisdom of the soul. It is a way of reaching your Higher Self and truly seeing things from a spiritual perspective, the Owl will show you things that might otherwise remain hidden to you, so be open to seeing things in a whole new way." *

LadyBug Piáo Chóng

is an upcoming Online Workshop 

coming soon! 

If you are interested in more information or the upcoming 

Online Workshop link here!

Next week:
Progression- flight and return to the nest

*quote sources:

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

LadyBug: Part One

“The Ladybug is a symbol of taking action on your dreams, 
as she is related to gardens, her very presence represents planting the seeds of your dreams. 
Water it, give it sunshine and gratitude, and it will grow.”


I'm not sure how the Ladybug became one of my favorites to create over all these years. She has turned out to be one of my first dolls I created in my one of kinds...(she was one I had in my portfolio for my NIADA entrance).
Here's a post from years previously on Ladybug's Growth (as well as my own as an artist and in 2015 the start of my personal journey!)
Link here
I thought it was time to expand...this Ladybug is more elegant than I have every made. 

I find inspiration comes in many forms...a word, a fabric, a discussion. Being open is the key!

It started with a beautiful black silk fabric as my inspiration...along with -what I thought as a perfect- spotted batik cotton.
The cut out will work great with the red behind it. More costuming next week!


Since this is a Workshop, I will not cover all the details because it would take many many postings...and how am I to share and communicate these detailed techniques if you don't have me there with you in some form?

I designed this specifically- where the supplies/materials would be accessible now matter if you are taking this from me personally or online you will be able to find the supplies. 
Note: In the Workshop, I also discuss the "Supplies in Detail". I feel the more knowledge you have about working with your tool at hand the better dollmaker you will be!
She starts with being sewn together in a white bleached muslin and printed cotton fabric, stuffed, needlesculpted and her hand-painted eyes inserted into her beautiful face!

Next her body is painted with a base of any skin-tone you would like!

The final several painting steps are adding the detailing of color and lace edging- in just the right places!
You can see how fabulous the black silk and red batik will be as her costume!!

More to come next week in Costuming...

If you are interested in more information or the upcoming Online Workshop link here!

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