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“Floppy Flo” a middle-aged striper doll…oh and I’m back…

April 2, 2013

I know it has been a while sinceImage I have posted to this blog.  Sassythreadworks.com is still around and kicking, albeit not very well currently.  Business has been slow, but still doing custom embroidery work and designing fiber art items such as dolls, purses, and other fun things.  I am currently working on a couple of Kindle books and am going to start posting this week the progress of my new doll “Floppy Flo.”  She is my middle-aged stripper who is a little too big in a lot of areas, but still loves to dance.  The inspiration for this doll came from a TV show I was watching that is based in Atlanta, Georgia.  There is a bar called the Clermont Lounge and is known for being the place where old strippers go to still be able to work.  I mean these ladies are really something else.  They have a good time and just let it all hang out, if you get my drift.  Since I am a big girl myself and am overly well endowed, I just had to make a doll that was showing the affects of age and gravity, which is something that isn’t very nice to the “girlsImage.” 

The pattern for the doll is based of the Plus Size Body Basic by Mary Tressler (www.uncommonfolk.org), but then I made a few adjustments and came up with an add-on gusset for the breast area.  This took a lot of experimenting, as the “girls” just did not look real enough for me so had to keep trying sew-on pieces, pieces that are incorporated into the sewing, and such.  I think I finally found a method that works and you will get to see how she progresses on my blog.  I think you will find her transformation quite interesting and I will be posting again to my blog, so a win-win situation…

I do have to admit though that making a doll that is well endowed is not the easiest thing to do.  You either end up with these weird looking attachments to the chest or something that looks like balloons that are sewed on or some other catastrophe that doesn’t look like a set of “girls” but as a deformity on the poor girl’s chest.  The next issue comes in when you start trying to costume the doll, which I will be showing you how that works in other blog posts.  I just wanted to concentrate today on how the doll came to life and that if there is a vision you have for a doll that you just need to get it on paper and get ready to sew several prototypes, but you will end up with a doll you really like.  If you have a doll pattern that you really like don’t feel bad about taking that pattern and tweaking it to fit what you are wanting to do.  You know, why reinvent the wheel?  Just make sure when you go showing people your doll or submitting it to contests or such that you acknowledge that the base pattern was made by so and so and the modifications were made by you.  Unless you take a pen and piece of paper and completely draw that doll up by yourself, then it isn’t your pattern, so give credit where credit is due.  It is just the right thing to do. 

I hope that watching my blog over the next few weeks will help you get in the mood to start creating your own “Floppy Flo” or whatever craft you are into.  I just love fabric though, as I can paint it, cut it, sew it, glue it, layer it, you name it, and it is a very forgiving medium to use, especially since if you don’t like the way something has sewn together you can just take out the seam ripper and start over again.  Not many other mediums allow for that… Till next time… keep creating!!

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Sassythreadworks.com is still around and latest project…

August 28, 2012

This past few months have been both slow and crazy… I am still around and working on dolls, purses, and commercial embroidery for clients. The above pictures are of a purse I just finished for a friend. She provided the fabric…I designed the pattern. I plan on posting more in the next few weeks, as I have several projects I am working on and want to share them with you.  Till next time….

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Toy guns…small scale weapons…so hard to find…

February 11, 2012

My latest doll is based on the fictional character featured in the Laurell K. Hamilton series that features Anita Blake, vampire hunter/zombie animator, who is known for being very well armed. The problem is have you every tried to find weapons that are 1/3 scale? It is very hard to do. I thought a few years ago you could find all types of toy guns, but I guess toy companies are now scared of them since kids were getting shot by police who thought they were carrying real guns. Problem is I really am not wanting to make my own out of clay, but guess I am not going to have much choice. I don’t mind making her knives and swords, but making a 9mm pistol and a pump action shotgun just doesn’t seem like a very easy thing to do, but we shall see. So, here is my vision for Anita, without her weapons. She is getting close to being done and I really am enjoying making her.  Till next time…

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My newest doll…depression…

December 13, 2011

It has been a while since I posted, but figure it was time to let everyone know I am still here and am still working on my fiber art. I have posted one of my newest dolls. She is part of my series of dolls without painted faces. I wanted the viewer to be able to use their imagination to give the doll the emotion or meaning that they want, not what I was feeling. The thing is that for some reason 2011 has been a year that I have been really fighting major depression. It basically has had me bound, which when I was working on my doll that was what came out in her. At first I was going to make her a happy fairy or such, but she just needed to be my representation of what I was going through, which I guess that is what art is for, being able to express what you cannot say. Her base is decoupaged and then she has a tube in her one leg that slides over a wire coming out of the base.  I have also been working on purses and other artsy things and will be posting more of what I have been doing soon. Till next time…

 

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What I have been doing…

August 28, 2011

Okay, I have been MIA for a while. I guess life has a way of getting in the way of having fun. I am entering the State Fair of Texas for the 5th year in a row and decided to post some pics of my entries. I entered 2 dolls and a crazy quilt purse. I had problems deciding what to enter my purse under, so the ladies at registration made the decision that it belonged in applique, as it is a conglomeration of fabrics appliqued on top of each other, so figure that was best. I have not placed at all with anything other than my dolls, so hoping this year will be a first, but will not know until next week. Here are the pics.

The sculpted face doll is called “Captured by the Moon,” as I decided to secure her to the moon with pieces of fabric and it looked like she was restrained or something, hence my name decision. The other doll has no name, as I couldn’t figure out what she looked like, so she will remain nameless. She was a remake of a doll I made a couple of years ago. Till next time…

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Accepted in my first gallery show…

May 7, 2011

Hello all,

I have been away for a while. Between work and then having a total knee replacement about three weeks ago I have been away from the computer I guess for good reasons. I just found out before my surgery that three of my works have been accepted in the gallery show “Size Matters.” I am so excited. This is my first official gallery show.  One of my dolls and two of my small wall hangings were accepted. All artwork had to fit within a 12″ x 12″ square. If you live in Pennsylvania you ought to check it out at:  http://www.somethingslooming.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=124

Here are my pieces:

Girl in the Gilded Box – 2011

Ladies in Waiting – 2011

Spirits are Looming – 2011

I have a few other shows I am going to enter this year, so wish me luck and till next time….

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Happy, happy hippos and I’m back…

December 29, 2010

I have been on a bit of a hiatus from being creative, but I am back now.  Here is pics of the hippos I made my daughter and granddaughter for Christmas.  My daughter, who is 30, said on Facebook all she wanted for Christmas was a hippo, so she got one.  LOL.  My granddaughter is 2-1/2, so thought she would like one to play with.  I am also working on several dolls and some purses, so once I have them farther in production will post them.  Sorry for the long time between posts, but one of my resolutions in 2011 is to post more regularly so be sure to look out for new posts and new projects I am working on.  I hope everyone has a creative, prosperous and blessed 2011.  Till next time…