Wednesday, April 22, 2009

FIBRE ART CHALLENGE

This was the fabric that was chosen for the
Fibre Art Challenge I decided to do an African Wrap Doll .The fabric seemed to speak to me with an African feeling... Notice the butterfly on the basket? I'm going to call the piece"Hitchin' A Ride"
Along with the jewellery, she has a mirror embellishment at her waist. It is there for a reason and I will tell you further on......
This is a back view...
There is a story about the wrap dolls that is interesting and here it is....
African Wrap Dolls....
This technique dates back to slavery times. Pieces of wire or wood were wrapped with bits of wool or cloth to make dolls for the children. Each doll wears a small mirror....... The African people believe if Evil can see itself in a mirror it will run away...It signifies good luck....
I Love this story and love making the dolls.... You can see others on my web page.

16 comments:

Clare W said...

Very nice doll and an interesting tale. Your blog looks really colourful now!

jan said...

WOW I love this doll and that fabric, Whewee fantastic! What a great story too behind the doll Maggie.
I didnt get to the PO today I am afraid, I will do so tomorrow. Been a bit busy sorting boxes. Pizza boxes!!

Pursuing Art... said...

Hi Maggie...I adore this doll...she is lovely, beautifully adorned and I enjoyed the story behind them...the others are gorgeous too! Didn't realize you had a web page...drooled there for a *long* time! Wow...you are one talented lady, my dear! I was going to say the history of these dolls remind me of the history of Amish dolls too...the history of dolls is always so enchanting. I see you've done some Amish dolls too! Have you ever read Plain & Simple or Twelve Golden Threads?...I loved these two books!

Your pictures of the retreat look delightful and it sounds like you had a wonderful time. I'm looking forward to seeing your quilt...although it has been a thorn in your side and not your favorite colors...I bet you will be proud & pleased when you are done!

I just learned how to fix this gap problem...I can try to help. Go to Edit for the post you want to fix. Click on the Edit Html tab. Scroll to *the* bottom and click so your cursor is blinking there and then backspace up to your writing and hit publish post again (you can preview first). You can do the same if you have a really long post or lots of pictures. Go to Edit Html and use your return key and go down pretty far to give lots of room...compose your post and then...*don't forget*...go back to Edit Html...get to the bottom and backspace up to your writing. I hope it will work for you!

Madam Butterfly is beautiful, Maggie. I just adore the butterfly, the sweet face you made and the colors are gorgeous! What a fun piece to wear! Your beadwork and all your heart art are always fun to see! Thank you for sharing!!! Hope the sun is shining on you...XO ~Lisa ;-)

Pursuing Art... said...

P.S. I didn't mean to hog that much space!!! ~wink~

Pixeltrash said...

Love that doll! How fun. You are quite the artist!

pam said...

Very cute doll!

Jackie said...

Maggie, I love the wrap doll. What a wonderful story.

God bless.

Wendy said...

Maggie, your doll is beautiful. I love the fabric and what you have done with her.

quiltcrazygal said...

Love her, very nice! I hope all is good with you Maggie:) Blessings, Jenna Louise

needlewings said...

I am so glad I can click on the photo and see it larger. Love all the detail and colors! Again, more fantastic work!

Mary S said...

you know how I love dolls Maggie... your African lady is gorgeous! I love everything about her.

Tiffany said...

That's a neat doll.

Delectable Dining said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm so glad I found yours as well!

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Maggie- Where oh where does the time go. It seems to fly by these days. I wanted to pop in and say hello I love the fabric and your doll. What a charming creation.

Jody

Dogwood Flowers said...

Hi Maggie,
Those are adorable african dolls. By the way, would you please go to my websit and see if you can still get there? I don't understand why I only have you as my follower? Thanks Maggie.
Hugs, and may God bless.

Tooj said...

What great dolls, and the story along with it. :) The detail is lovely.