Thursday, March 18, 2010

The "Good Little Witch" pages in cloth and paper

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I had a riot yesterday creating this little witch...her personality just began to come to life as I went along.  She started out with a face, body and dress  from a Vogue magazine  I had on hand that I cut out and then scanned into the computer.  From there I built the rest of the page with shoes and a hat  from a clown costume, a black and white border I created myself and the scalloped edges from Sandy Kreiger along with one of my favorite butterflies  from Kate Pertiet.  

But the best imaginings were adding her pets - a bunny I pictured  she'd keep hidden under her hat as well as her loyal and friendly siamese cat rubbing up against her leg.   

After I printed the finished image onto cloth, I then attached it to felt, and machine stitched several areas, then handstitched the other  bits of lace and fiber,and the 'fishnet stockings'  (which made me laugh in combo with the saddle shoes....)

I made this  for an on-line art friend who recently had a surgery and added "Keep the Faith, Sister" as encouragement for her speedy recovery.  She's also a participant in one of the two skinny book projects I'm involved with so the page can be added to her other stack.

The second 'version' was an after thought for Betsy   who has specified she wanted a Halloween themed skinny page, focusing on lime green and purple.  The good little witch seemed like a perfect subject for Halloween and so I modified the colors, added a moon another friend Marsha sent me (thanks Marsha) and changed the caption to suit her theme.  This version is all created in paper, each image cut out and  added in layers and then a few little bits of fibre and cording added on. 

Below, as usual, several macros and snapshots of the final pages.  Don't be surprised if the 'good little witch' pops up again!









































   

18 comments:

Debby said...

Trudi, this is so fabulous. loved reading your post.
Debby

Heavens2Betsy said...

This is absolutely stunning. She is a multi-faceted, many layered Little Witch and I love everything about her. I very much admire your talent and creativity x

Marilyn Rock said...

I just adore your "Good Little Witch"! What a beautiful marriage of cloth and paper! xxoo

La Dolce Vita said...

L. O. V. E. ~ love it!!!!!

Terri Kahrs said...

OMG, Trudi! This little witch is enchanting!!! I wouldn't blame you for bringing her back m-a-n-y times! Both versions are so amazing and made me smile. Those fishnets are to die for! Only YOU could pair fishnets so successfully with saddle shoes. I savor each one of your fabric pieces. They're DELICIOUS!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Kim said...

These are such a hoot! What fun they are Trudi.

peppapig said...

This gorgeous Trudi!!

bockel24 said...

I love the first version - very cool!

Lori said...

Love these! Your stitching is fab, and the image is too cute! I love what you did with the themes! Very cool!

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

FABULOUS girlfriend! I love the lace trim in the skirt and those fishnets - wow, does this bring back memories. If I look hard enough, I just may have some kicking around here. Ohh, maybe I should cut them up.....

Aisling said...

what a beauty!

Tuire Flemming said...

What a lovely Little Witch! And the cat is really Cool!

Jeanne said...

I absolutely love this..the story, the photos, everything about it, well done!
Jeanne :)

Caity said...

LOVE HER!! What a great image to start a series, too!

Chris said...

GREAT photographs. This is yummy looking. Love the textures.

layers said...

your process always sounds so complex and detailed and yet also always sound like so much fun.

Jocelyne said...

This is just stunning !!!!

Shannon said...

WOW! Another one. These are fabulous. I am so in love with these Trudi. I'm at a loss for words. You've got to have these published, everyone needs to see these amazing pieces. They are so wonderful. I especially adore these sewn pieces you make. Amazing! Incredible! Awesome! Truly Beautiful! So Inspiring!! Well....maybe I'm not at a loss for words after all.