Apr 26, 2010

Kokeshi

Yes, I've been a blogging "fool" lately! Please forgive me, lol.

For some history on kokeshi dolls, read HERE. When I was a little girl, my Mom had a set that fit inside each other, merely 3" tall.

Today on my lunch hour, I put the final finishing touch (namely, signature and date) on my stitched Kokeshi Doll. After work, I matted and framed it.

Design: Love & Devotion
Designer: Lucie Heaton, UK Cross Stitcher March 2010
Fabric: 14ct Baby Pink Aida
Fibers: DMC, personalized colors*


Custom matted and framed by yours truly. You can't tell from the photos, but the mat is light gray marble. And yep, I cut the mat myself. I found the frame at a thrift store. It used to be an UGLY brown and those little "notches" at the top and bottom were painted gold.

I'd like to give Lisa a "shout out" thank you for sending me the chart. She has a blog (or is it webshots), but I don't remember the link. Bad me!




*Edited: Coincidentally, doesn't she resemble my Geisha avatar?

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was quick and it looks so pretty.

Marl

Anne Sans Tete said...

Wow- she looks fantastic! Your mom is going to love her!!!

- Lisa N.

Barbara said...

Turned out beautifully, Meari. Your mom's gonna love her.
Barb in TX

Anonymous said...

I was looking for the "yellow polka dot bikini" LOL.

Sneaked a peek and she is cute! Nice job stitching and framing. I won't tell your Mom. Happy dancing

CC

Katie said...

Beautiful finish. Great job on the frame and mat. It looks perfect!

Anonymous said...

Your Kokeshi doll is wonderful and you've done an outstanding job matting and framing her. I'm sure your Mom will love it. Congratulations. Happy stitching!

Linda

Kathy A. said...

Wow, wonderful little stitch and beautifully framed. Nice work!

Donna said...

Just so sweet! And pat yourself on the back for the wonderful frame job you did yourself!

Desi said...

Nicely done. She's really quite charming. And the framing is so impressive!

Vicki in CO said...

Awesome! Your mom will just love it!

Patty C. said...

Great job
I love it

Carolyn NC said...

Awesome job - your mom will love it! Great work.

Nic said...

Very cute - and what a great matting and framing job you did!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your finish -stitching and framing. Great job.

HuGS, Dee in TN

Sue said...

Mom is going to love this Meari! She is so cute! Love those colors.

Katrien said...

she's pretty. And that frame and mat are perfect!

Kelly said...

She looks lovely Meari and a great framing job!

Anonymous said...

That's adorable Meari! Your mom will love it.

Christine

Terry said...

Lovely finish! I'm sure your Mom will love it too.

How's school going???

Shelley said...

Congrats, she is cute. Your Mom is gonna love her!

Rene la Frog said...

Adorable....great job on the mat and frame

Julie Phillips, aka Julieloveslucy SCS said...

beautiful!
Hugs
Julie

Sandy In Montana said...

Very cute, Meari.

Take Care ... Sandy

Carol said...

She is just darling, Meari--really does look like your Avatar, too. I can't believe you were able to cut your own frame and re-purpose an old thrift store frame into something so professional looking--great job!

Anonymous said...

Great job on the finish Meari. I love the frame it suits the piece.

Tina

Shannon said...

Very cute! :)

Anonymous said...

Meari, How precious is that? I love it. She will love it.

Carla in PA

glenda said...

turned out quite well :)

Nice framing, too!

socialsue said...

Very lovely and I hope ur mom loves it!

socialsue

Anonymous said...

She's lovely, Meari! so cute!!

hugs,
Lynette

Nancy M said...

Cute and very appropriate for your mom. Leave it to you to find frames and mats and make then new again!

Julie M said...

So cute Meari!! Love the colors you chose and she does indeed remind me of someone's avatar!!

Anonymous said...

She's cute! Congrats on your finish!!

Happy Stitchings!
Tonia

Cindy in MA said...

Very cute. Your mother will love her. I really like the mat. I wish I was that creative.

Kristin said...

I love that!

Debra said...

Congrats, love the way you finished it too.

Carol R said...

Your Kokeshi is very pretty - definitely looks like your avatar but does it also look like you?

I am amazed that you cut the mat yourself. Did you do it by hand or do you have a machine? I find it difficult to use a rotary cutter - I don't seem to get enough pressure to cut first time and second cut the ruler always seems to have moved! I used to use my company's heavy duty guillotine but now that I've retired this is no longer possible.

mbroider said...

Your doll is wonderful!! And yes she does look like your avatar!!

Moreen said...

So Cute. I love it, and your frame is beautiful.

Lillie said...

Cute and pretty.

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Love it Meari - your mum will be so pleased :)

Anonymous said...

Your Geisha looks so beautiful and those frames are relly great in it, lovely finished. Your beaded fobs are beautiful too.
I love your " Hutch " , it looks wonderful

Tinna

Anonymous said...

Your Geisha looks so beautiful and those frames are relly great in it, lovely finished. Your beaded fobs are beautiful too.
I love your " Hutch " , it looks wonderful

Tinna

Graceann said...

That turned out beautifully, and I love the framing.

Mel said...

What a lovely job you did framing her Meari! And she is just too adorable. Congrats on this lovely piece.

anneleah said...

It's cute! I love the framing too. KOKESHI Dancers or Dolls are really great.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the finish Meari!! I'm sure she'll love it!!

Pam K. :o)

Sharon said...

What a great finish and framing!