She's coming to life!
Here are the first progress shots of my doll. I did not have a plan in mind for the design when I sat down to begin. I started beading around the face with an even count peyote stitch using size 8/0 beads at the base and ending with drops at the top of the face and size 11/0 beads around the rest of it. Next I moved to the back of the head and beaded a spiral with size 11/0 beads. I find it makes a good base if I should decide to make long, think beaded hair.
Next I added the Swarovski cubes for breasts. A few rounds of peyote stitch at the base of each crystal bead and a couple of regular flat rows outside of that. I moved down to her hip area and started adding a line of beads, then several more - again with no particular plan in mind.
My added bead for the project is a size 11/0 flesh lined topaz.
I liked the colors in this kit immediately when I opened the package and saw them for the first time. As the beading comes together I love the colors even more. I thoroughly enjoy each and every time I pick this doll up to work on her and am excited to see where the beads will take me.
The doll form is about 10 1/2 inches tall and was made by Monica Magness, the face was made by Dottie Hoeschen at Stonebrash Creative. I think they complement each other perfectly! You can click on each photo for a larger view.
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman