Elizabeth wanted to have a few "different" pieces on her (meaning something that was not made of wool), so she made the cuirass (chest armour) that peaks out from under Tauriel's dress out of a real piece of leather. The laces across the front are some real re-enacting lace, and her pendant and hair band are made from jewelry wire and chain. The diamond in the pendant is a crystal stud.
Finding Tauriel's hair was a bit tricky. When I started felting dolls like this, Mohair was not hard to find. All kinds of sites online offered multiple staple lengths, textures and colors. Now it seems that there are barely any of those places left, and mohair is hard to come by in natural hair-like colors. After what looked like a search that was going to end in disappointment, I was able to find the perfect hair from a Shop on Etsy. It arrived just one day before I needed to use it, and it worked beautifully. Tauriel's hair is anything but easy, so I had about six hours of work on that alone. Pretty fun!
So, I just need to felt one more doll to have hit 25! Thorin is going to be next, and I've started him already! I am really hoping that I'll be able to finish another doll before Spring, as that would mean that I have State Fair entries all finished in advance. Novel idea that. I mean, I'm always putting finishing touches on as we're heading down to enter!
I have finished another doll! This makes 24 needle-felted dolls or sculptures that I have made in just under five years. Elizabeth wanted one more Hobbit "souvenir" to go with the final film of Peter Jackson's trilogy. With the first movie, I made a doll of Lord Elrond (E's very favorite Middle Earth character!). With the second it was a doll of Beorn. So, she wanted Tauriel for the third one. I have been sort of hankering to make another female doll, since the last girl that felted was Carmen Miranda (about three years ago!). We looked at a few photographs, but it was one of the Concept Art paintings that really inspired me to try this character. I made a model sheet in Photoshop and set to work.
Since we have spent most of January at home, either because of extreme cold or ice, I have had a lot of felting time! This really paid off, as I started this doll about three weeks ago. She is made of merino roving felted with .40 and .42 gauge needles. She stands 9-1/2" tall, weighs 2 ounces and took approximately 57 hours to complete.
SAMWISE: MY HONEY-POT
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
BEATRICE: MY HONEY-BEE
Edward James Eliot
My "favorite" member of the Clapham Sect. Not very much is known about him, but what is preserved keeps a beautiful memory alive of an exemplary Christian man.
William Wilberforce Quote:
May I look to Him for wisdom and strength and the power of persuasion, and may I surrender myself to Him as to the event with perfect submission, and ascribe to Him all the praise if I succeed, and if I fail say from the heart thy will be done.
For you Jesus Christ came into the world. For you he lived and showed God’s love. For you he suffered the darkness of Calvary and cried at the last, ‘It is accomplished.’ For you he triumphed over death and rose to new life. For you he reigns at God’s right hand. All this he did for you, though you do not know it yet.
Where there is one, there is a majority of one; and when the rights of the majority take away from the rights of the one, then the many will themselves suffer.
~Henry David Thoreau~
I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my armchair, and my garden. You see, that's where I belong. That's home. That's why I came back, because you don't have one. A home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.
~ Bilbo Baggins ~
FAVORITE BOOKS & FILMS
Gone With the Wind (Mitchell)
Genesis of a Legacy (K. Ham)
Prisoner of Zenda (Hope)
Amazing Grace (2007)
Bertie & Elizabeth (2002)
Farmer's Daughter (1947)
Ride Clear of Diablo (1954)
Secondhand Lions (2003)
He was born with a gift of laughter & a sense that the world was mad.
The future is to be read with certainty only in the past. Man never changes.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE:
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment.
PRIDE & PREJUDICE:
Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion.
WINSTON CHURCHILL ON
KING GEORGE VI
"His conduct on the Throne may well be a model & a guide to constitutional sovereigns throughout the world today & also in future generations."
"For 15 years George VI was King. Never at any moment in all the perplexities at home & abroad, in public or in private, did he fail in his duties."