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blog - doris - the tail end!

 doris deer - the tail end!

Doris' head has adorned our front door for the last few festive seasons but we've been asked many times where the back end is .....



and so this year it's time to complete the project! 

Doris' tail end is still a work in progress but see below the progress so far


 the first step was to research the design - she needed the right butt!



then to the drawing board

with a rough drawing in hand we set off to revisit the street vendors In Kalk Bay, a little harbour town of Cape Town who did such a brilliant job with Doris' head

Sadly we learnt that the man who created our original frame had died but the team were happy to help us out once again and we are pleased to report that the frame is progressing very well 



 street vendors in Kalk Bay - a lttle harbour town near Cape Town


we can't wait to start work on the design - appliglue both clear and ooloured will be used once again to create the crazy patchwork design in time for Christmas 

watch this space and we'll update you as we complete the project!




 Doris - the original design



I knew that I wanted a wire frame created but wasn't quite sure how I would achieve it.  In Kalk Bay, a little harbour town of Cape Town I approached one of the street wire vendors in Vennie's team.  We discussed the size and a couple of details.  I returned a couple of hours later when I was shown the "bones" of the design.  I agreed it.  Paid half of the quote of R200's (just over £10) and the following day collected it.  It is about 100cms x 45cm in size. 

Much as I loved the wire frame the aim was to create a Chrstmas deer for the door and I wanted to see if I could cover it with fabrics using Appliglue. To do that I needed a textile base so draped it with leftover fabric, which was cut,  pinned and then the seamed fairly randomly with big stitches.

Kalk Bay is a quirky, arty fishing village along the coast, on the drive to Boulder's Beach and Simonstown.  It is here, between the popular Olympia bakery and coffee shop and a relaxed fish food cafe right on the street where one can find a good plateful of seafood for about R135 (about £9.00), that Vennie sets out his stall. 



The temptation to have a little fun with this deer was too great, so on the left he is hiding amongst the rhodedendron bushes.  Textiles here are pinned in place.  On the right, now ready to welcome Christmas visitors, is our deer in the new outfit.  Once the pieces were glued in place, some of them were edged with colour.  Others received more detailed decorative "stitches".  In the centre on a scrap of fabric are some of these designs I was experimenting with.  Did you know that in the old days one of the reasons for the development of crazy patchwork was that fabrics used were often thick and difficult to stitch with running stitches, so women developed creative ways to deal with this problem!