Lady B. Swallowtail

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Annie Harrington

Alright then. . . this was a project started during the two-week post-hurricane vacation of '05 and finished over Thanksgiving weekend of the same year. I finally got some decent photos of it. . .  The body is about 11 inches tall not including the antennae. The model for this beauty was my favorite--- the black swallwtails which we've raised a few generations of (they like the parsely and fennel outside and lay their eggs there). I've tried to get the wings as accurate as possible--- the underside, however, was modeled after a male black swallowtail as I couldn't find a decent photograph of a female's underside. The top side should be correct, though. Pipecleaner and wire armature with polymer stuffing-filled felt body, clothes made of different cotton cloths. . . every darn-tooting thing is handmade (not to mention hand sewn) except for the shoes (which I borrowed from one of my dolls), the string of coins (courtesy of  a 7th grade geography project), and the shawl (it was originally a lace collar) She wears many layers even though you can't really see them all: camisoles, drawers, an underskirt, a dress, a vest/corset thing with pretty ribbons, an overskirt with suspenders, the lace shawl, and a pair of lacy socks. The patterns on the wing were individually cut out and glued on the big black pieces. Also, all the patterns for the body were of original design, etc etc. And if you look really closely, you will see all four of her arms. Somewhat a challenge but the project was really fun (especially when you sew in the dark because of the lack of electricity and with the noisy drone of your neighbor's generators in your ears!) photos are by me


Published More than a year ago

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