This is Part 2 in a series about making my newest piece, Face Time. It picks up where I left off in Part 1, which shows and talks about the painted and wigged wooden bead heads.
UPDATE: Face Time will be part of my exhibit, Hanging by a Thread: Needle Art of Salley Mavor will be shown at Gallery 65 on William in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The show will be there until April 1st, 2017. Gallery open hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 – 5:00.
I wanted each character to peek out of their own frame, like cameo portraits. I cut pieces out of felt with scalloped shears and embroidered the edges.
This, along with stitching the leaves and stems took many, many hours.
I brought them with me on boat excursions near home…
and far away on our canal trip in France. I got a lot done on the plane ride, too.
Finally, all 41 busts had their own wreathlike frame.
The heads are based on the wee folk dolls in my how-to book Felt Wee Folk – New Adventures. This little lady’s bonnet is made with embroidery floss wrapped wire.
After the wreaths were completed and the busts sewn in place, I figured out their arrangement on tree branches. They would be grouped according to time period, going from past at the bottom to present at the top.
The tree branches were made of felt covered wire.
To be continued in Part 3…