Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pulp Redux Chapter #3 Alicia's book

Here it is! My promised Pulp Redux Update! Last posting was my freshly completed "Charlotte" page. Charlotte is the secret daughter of Hester. You can read more here if you missed it. The AB follows a storyline and it's be a lot of fun creating the story and setting the scene.

The Imperfect Patch.

When Hester was pregnant with Charlotte she created a patchwork quilt, loving crafted from scraps of fabric and an old cotton dress. One of the patches was imperfect and Hester decided that her unborn child would only have the very best and the patch was put aside. As fate would have it this impefect patch was to play a very important roll as it was to become one of the few momento's Hester would have of her daughter. Hester lived a life of self imposed seclusion, she rarely saw anyone which was why she was able to keep her daughter a secret. When Charlotte was one year old she realised that a life of seclusion was no way for a child to live and she made the heart breaking descion to send her beloved daughter to live with her sister. They made a pact that Charlotte would never know that Hettie was her mother, instead she grew up thinking her Aunt was her Mother and totally unaware that Aunt Hettie was actually her mother. After Hester's passing the old ladies secrets were revealed and this was just one of many...

Charlotte's Pocket.

Keeping safe in this pocket is the imperfect patch, a key to Hesters secrets box and some of Charlotte's diary pages. The pocket is attached to the blue page with Charlotte's photo on the other side and is made from coffee dyed fabric, op shop fabric's and op shop lace. I didn't embroider the rose, I cut it from an old cotten napkin also gotten from the op shop! The top embellishment is a heart I sewed from fabric scraps.

The next page in Alicia's book is Hester's Diary...

I colour photocopied a Thrush nest watercolour from a delightful old book called "A country diary of an Edwardian Lady" and the book is a month by month account of Edith Holden's life in 1906. Fabulous book! I sewed over the nest with coffee dyed thread (the nest is a loooong piece of thread stitched on top of the painted nest.) It took me forever but I think it was worth it!

The cover of Hester's diary. The pages are yet to be written though! The cover is made from velvet (from the opshop ofcourse and bargain of the year!) apricot lace and green stuff that I can't remember the name of! The beads that embellish the lace frame are from an old necklace gottem from...the op shop! This page is made from 99% recycled materials. You probably  guessed that by now!  The ribbon roses I made today, they don't show very well here. I havn't made ribbon roses in years but they were kinda fun to do!The only bummer for me here is the strap which will attach the book to the book. I wish I had spent more time on it and finished it a little better. Never mind! Live and learn (and keep on sewing!)

Coming soon...Take it and Run Update and a new collage series called "Four Weeks in Autumn."

9 comments:

Debrina said...

OMG Lisa - I got totally sucked into the story about Hester and Charlotte and their secret lives that I was sad to then get to the end of your post. I am so loving everything you've done here - it's totally, totally FANTASTIC! Ooooo that nest - my god but Alicia's a lucky girl! I KNOW she is going to absolutely LOVE this!!!!!!

Renee Howell said...

Beautiful. I LOVE the nest. Of course, the KEY is a good hard piece of life in with its softness. Creativity is wonderful! Thank you for posting.

alteredbits said...

ohohoh! deb's knows me well and she is right. i just LOVE all that you have done here! lovelovelove! all of the colors, and every little stitch -- just perfect! that nest is magnificent! holy crap, lady! that must have taken forever and a half indeed. it's just gorgeous! and you've so perfectly added to the storyline! it sucked me in and kind of choked me up a bit -- so sad, but so very sweet! i love it!!! thank you so very much, sweets!! i must get with the program here and do some work on debs' book!

alteredbits said...

AND i love the patch and pocket too! that is the most perfect little story -- you are ever so clever!!

and omg, guess what my word verification is? HESTR. i think she is haunting us from beyond the grave. creepycool.

Kris Henderson said...

These are impressive creations! Including the story...that I really wanted to hear more of :)

Kim Palmer said...

Great piece Lisa. Love where you have taken this story. The diary is a great addition to the whole, look forward to perusing this one in person later.Oh and the thread nest, definitely worth it!Can't wait to see your Autumn series.

Nora Ibsen said...

You've done a wonderful job, Lisa, very imaginative and creative. You do have good ideas. Leave it to you to come up with something very original. Fantastic!

Deborah said...

Lovely pages and story!

Jo Archer said...

Oh this is gorgeous Lisa. I love the story, it's getting quite involved now. can't wait for the next installment.