A new batch of SkyGirls
I’m happy to say I finally finished another 9 dolls and 6 of them are listed at my Etsy Shop: Quilt & Fiber Arts. The other 3 will be going to the gift shop at the Gallery on High in Pottstown, PA.
There is so much to do for Christmas inventory! Monsters, Sketch Book with cover and handles (like the book bag), a quilt or two that needs finishing and my latest experiment: a kimono jacket. … among other things that will surely find a way into the shop.
Kids Sewing Club News:
We had our first kids sewing session this past summer. There were 5 girls signed up from the ages 8 to 14 years old. We struggled with donated sewing machines that were out of shape and out of date. I did my best to clean them up but they need to be replaced. I’m working on getting donations from a sewing machine dealer and maybe even maintenance. The Gallery School is a nonprofit organization so there isn’t any money for this investment.
That said, we made it work. The girls needed to learn all of the basics and got a lot of good work done. I was so proud of the determination they showed. But most importantly, they really had fun.
The oldest girl, Tessa, has picked up everything very quickly and became my assistant!
We are halfway through the Halloween Costume Sewing session. This time there are 3 girls. So far they learned how to make a pattern, make a neck facing and sewed in a zipper. The next 2 weeks will be all about embellishing! All three are making a variation of a princess.
12” x 12”
As with all of the Thought Processes quilts, the background is patchwork of random fabrics, gold thread and yellow curved pieces. The flowers started out as red silk circles and then I “thread painted” using rayon and metallic threads.
There is much to do and I hope to be able to take some time off during the holidays- except for shipping orders, of course!
Thanks for stopping by!
SkyGirls are characters I first created in illustrations in 2001. I had been having crazy nightmares and dreams that seemed to continue every night for almost a month. There was a theme of exploring a mansion, meeting people from the deep past and these stray children running around like ghosts. Eventually I was in a position to save them from a ominous force that terrified me. That’s when I drew these girls in various situations in the dreams. After about 8 to 10 illustrations, the dreams stopped.
I started making the dolls in 2007. A SkyGirl doll is meant to be like a totem. A reminder of the strength of feminity; a balance between girly-girl and tomboy.
When I put them up on Etsy I was commissioned to design “Hannah” for a very sweet woman from Maryland.
Each doll has long yarn hair, a distinctive jumper dress with a zigzag hem, heirloom stitched blouse, long hand painted striped legs, and cute boots. If you look under her dress, you’ll see she’s wearing bloomers! She even has wired limbs and button joints on her shoulders and thighs for posing.
Each doll has a custom made stand with her name and birthday painted on it.
23” tall with stand.
For a custom doll, client can specify colors, hobbies, expression, wired or unwired, or whatever other characteristics make the doll personal.
Miniature dolls will coming soon to my Etsy store.
All artwork, images and text © 2011 Barbara Zuazua.
Please contact me for permission to use.
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