Thursday, August 6, 2009


I thought I'd show you a little of the process of making my girls. I've really got to think of a better name for them. Any suggestions? Anyway, ever since I posed the question "Wouldn't an all white one be pretty?," I have not been able to stop thinking about it. So I ordered more tulle. In the white, though, I ordered organza. I thought it would be really pretty. Well, it may be pretty but I've torn up my fingers tying the pieces to the chicken wire. Turns out the tulle works far better and I don't get blisters for my effort.

This is what it looks like during the tying on phase. What I'm finding with the organza as well is that whereas the tulle naturally fluffs itself out, the organza does not. When I am finished with the skirt, I am going to have to go back and fluff each piece.
Kind of hard to see, but this is a shot of the inside. All those little 'bumps' you see are the knots from tying the pieces. I actually like the way the inside looks when it is all done. Not that you will ever see the inside, but it looks cool. It also shows all the work that went into making the girl.

As with everything, this is a learning process. I am trying to get it down so that I can offer a class at Paper Tales.


Bryanna Lenan said...

I love your "girls". L.O.V.E. and I don't know what you think of this but in my head, I refer to them as Ghostly Ballerina's... that is what they remind me of... I actually imagine them dancing on an old cruise ship (Titantic-ish)... very ghostly... so awesome... (and yes, my imagination is really OUT THERE!!) LOL!! Great work, Tamerie... as always!!

Karyn - (French Charming) said...

Hi Tamerie,

Your "girls" are lovely and the work that goes into making them is incredible. You always do such great work! I hope you get a new name, because I refer to something else as the "girls" know what I mean?!

Anyhoo, I'll try and come up with something clever that you might like, my creativity tank is running on low right now!

Big hugs,

Laurel said...

Oh wow- so so cool-your girls:)
I loved the commenter on ghostly ballerina-spooky cool.

I always love all you say and I loved your little vignettes-as well it helps me know you better-

Bryanna Lenan said...

Hi.. me again my name suggestion is: BALLERINE SPECTRALE Which is ghostly ballerinas in french.... however... ghostly ballerina sounds good, too (In my crazy opinion) Ive been obsessing over the name here in Polka Dot Land. LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Miss Tamerie!
I just spent a bit of time catching up here with you and I must say that I am impressed!
Love your Girls!!! They are to die for!
Love your car!!!!! I drive a yellow Scion and although it is not as rare to see as your car, I too cannot sneak around :-)
I'm happy to see that you are a lover of color!! Your Chicago digs were cool!!
Now, I think you should go buy some lavender paint and go paint that bedroom of yours. It will bring you much happiness if you do....I promise :-)
Okay, back to work I go. Just wanted to pop in say Hello

Janet said...

Your "girls" are gorgeous! It looks like a lot of work tying all those pieces to the chicken wire. I don't think I have that much patience!

NicNacManiac said...

WOW... I did not realize how much work was involved in creating the 'GIRLS'. Spectacular....can hardly wait to see how the organza turns out. Looks fabulous so far!!
Have a fantastic day!
Hugs xOxO, Nerina :)

Petit Coterie said...

Hey Tamerie, That is a lot of work, I can see why your fingers were sore. I am dying to see the end results.


C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Tamerie, I LOVE the white one so far! I also love the new look of your blog!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

What a clever and tenacious artist you are.. too early in the morning for me to think of a name.. will work on it..:) ciao Julie

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh gosh your clever. I'd take a finger off or something :)

Serena said...

I'm amazed.....I had no idea that the framework was chicken wire. A lot of work but it is worth it for the beautiful finish in the end....ouch on the sore fingers though.

June said...

Hi Tamerie,
I believe that these are truely inspired. It will be so pretty in white for sure. The work that must go into them is mind boggeling. Can't wait to see it done.
I've been on vacation a few days and it is taking me awhile to catch up. I so enjoyed your vignettes in your previous post.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Me again.. Just to let you know.. a little something for you at my place! x Julie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Me again.. Just to let you know.. a little something for you at my place! x Julie

Valerie said...

Hi Tamerie,

The girls are gorgeous! I'm so glad to hear your back is better too. What fun posts about color too. It's always a fun read over here on your blog :o) I love your new look too...