making Face Time (part 2)

FaceTime-19446FaceTimeWMThis 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 is part of my exhibit, Salley Mavor: Social Fabric, at the Upcoumtry History Museum in Greenville, SC, April 3 – Sept. 5, 2021.


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
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15 thoughts on “making Face Time (part 2)

  1. I’m not sure there are words proper enough to describe the wonderment of this piece. Your vision and patience with needle and thread is one of a kind! Thank you for sharing the process.

  2. I love this. I am going to try and do a wall quilt with my family tree. Using each member of the family as a doll. Thanks for the idea. This is great.

  3. I can hardly wait to open each of your posts, you are truly an inspiration to all of us who enjoy working with a threaded needle! I too love Stumpwork and look forward to sharing your ideas with one of my Grand-daughters who is very much into fairy houses. They have a perfect “fairy cave” in the base of a large tree on their front walkway. Walkers in the area often contribute to the project and if one fairy goes missing another soon takes it’s place! Thank you for sharing your creative, happy art form.

  4. Sometimes I think we textile/fabric/felter artists could have been surgeons with all the teeny detailed work we do! Gorgeous stuff…what a brilliant idea…love the frames!

  5. If you don’t mind me asking, What have you stitched in the middle of each leaf? I love this concept, not unlike your self- portrait piece.

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