Shelf Elf SkyGirls
I had time to complete only 4 Shelf Elf SkyGirls. I love this idea of the Shelf Elf. In case you haven’t heard of this idea before: A shelf elf sits on the shelf or your Christmas mantle and keeps tabs on the kids behavior. When the kids are asleep, the shelf elf checks in with Santa to tell if the kids were naughty or nice that day.
Two dolls are listed at Quilt & Fiber Arts on Etsy. The other two are at the Gallery on High in Pottstown, PA.
Designing and Sewing
at The Gallery School went great! All of the girls decided to be a princess of some kind.
We started by coming up with a general idea of the design and made simple patterns. Then we raided the donated fabric stash and found some great satins to work with among other goodies.
We made dresses with princess puff sleeves, long dramatic bell sleeves, princess bodices, sashes, capes and treat bags.
It’s been a bit challenging using donated machines because only one is reliable. I spent a lot of time trouble shooting, tension adjusting, cleaning, and re-threading machines. Because each is different and range from a few years old to at least 30 years, the kids got confused with different ways of threading. Right now, this is what we have to work with.
The great part is that they don’t even get phased by the machine issues! They just love to sew! They were very proud of the work they completed and I must say that they really did do amazing work.
I’m planning for the next round of classes in January or February 2012.
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.
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