In my quest for the reclaiming of old Nutcrakers….I have noticed that female’s are hard to come by.

Knights..kings..quards..soldiers…santas…..a dime a dozen.

Ladies…that’s another story all together…In my gatherings of nearly 200 crackers..I have only came across 3 or 4.

Finding men’s fashion to somewhat limiting…I decided to set aside my search for females and create them myself.
With a wealth of materials at my disposal it wasn’t to difficult to do.

STARTED WITH A KING:


With the help of my dear Kate (www.allnsundry.wordpress.com)…who each time she visits..is always willing to help with the task at hand…we got the face and body sanded and ready for painting.

Kate painted her face with lovely expression…giving her blue eyes and deep wine lips.



First painted her dress blue to match her eyes but wasn’t happy with it.

With those deep wine lips she needed a more interesting look.
I went with a dark purple…it was perfect!

Chose a dark brown soft wool for her hair…it has flecks of black through out it..makes it look more realistic.
Taking a piece of fabric I hand stitched the wool in rows..very close together and than glued the fabric to her head.

READY FOR ADORNMENT!

CROWN:
Pinnacle..old earring and ring findings
Vintage sparkly trim
Pretty vintage star brooch
Dangling brass tear drops

HAIR:
Nestled in her deep brown hair is her bird named Peep..with pretty brown feathers…frilly millinery stamens on his head…golden feet and beak.
Her hair is pulled to the side and wrapped with a sparkly blue twine.

DRESS:
Blue and gold shiny vintage rick rack around her neck and waist.
Bodice..golden sparkly trim underneath a deep jacquard wine and gold ribbon..with 3 jewelry findings in a deep wine glass.
Epaulet’s are blue covered buttons atop an old earring finding with dangling brass tear drops.
Chenille yarn wrapped down her arm and woven at the wrist.

Just below her olive faux leather belt you’ll find…combined 7 separate reclaimed jewelry parts to create the lovely embellishment at her waist.
Braided trims in blue and green and sparkling green wine and blue organza ribbon woven into puffs around her hemline.

JEWELS:
Reclaimed turquoise glass seed bead necklace with ruby glass drop pendant.
Beautiful Holiday button and bead flower bouquet in her hand….includes both new and vintage glass and metal buttons and glass and plastic beads.

BACK:
Thick wrapped chenille draped down her back with attached vintage repurposed glass necklace in a rainbow of colors.

BOOTS:
Wrapped with chenille yarn to coincide with her sleeves and back.
Buckles are repurposed jewelry findings in deep wine and purple glass.

NUTCRACKER QUEEN…POE TWILLA AND BIRD PEEP

EMBELLISHED FROM HEAD TO TOE!

Queen Poe Twilla stands 19 1/2 inches tall and you will find her on sale in my Etsy Shop at http://www.earthgatherings.etsy.com

She retails for $95.00

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