Friday, June 17, 2011

She Dances Amongst the Stars

Well over a year ago I purchased a vintage book titled Russian School of Ballet from Wanda.
I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it.
Create my own book of ballet within its covers.
I soon began collecting bits of this and that to use, but I was never really inspired to start it.
That is until I received that first Stash Society kit.

My box of stars completely inspired this first spread...

She Dances Amongst the Stars


I started with a background of midnight velvet... wet, crushed and air dried.
Everything, other than the velvet and embroidery floss, is from the kit.


I trimmed the tulle from around the embroidered applique and hand stitched it on.
Then stitched the silver lace across the bottom.


The lettering started off... well, shall we say rough.
But after changing the embroidery floss from a metallic DMC Light Effects to rayon, things became much smoother.... literally.


The ballerina was created out of the decorative paper, pleated ribbon, rhinestone chain, a bit of the applique and tulle cut from the selvedge of the sequin material, all from the kit.


Once she was glued onto the velvet I sewed on the rhinestones.
And she began her Dance Amongst the Stars.

15 comments:

Heather said...

Alisa, it is AMAZING!!! Absolutely GORGEOUS! Love it and your brilliant creative skills!!

Debe said...

I am so glad you have started your wonderful ballet journey. I can't wait to see where you go after this lovely beginning! The embroidery is SpecTuLaR!! BTW, bought a bird cage from eBay. Will be here next week. Does Obsessed ring a bell?

Leanne said...

wow! I remember you struggling with that embroidery a while ago with that little sneak peek you offered. Turned out so beautifully!

Suz said...

Alisa,
This is incredible! Wanda always had some interesting things but it looks like you got a real winner, in regard to inspiration.
I have gone crazy on Pinterest. I think I love everything now. Crazy but fun. Your place feels so integrated!
Hugs,
Suz

A Gilded Life said...

WOW. So beautiful!!

You, my dear, ARE a star! xoxo

kandeland said...

this is so beautiful!
Hope you are having a delightful weekend Alisa!
xo nat

Diane Langness said...

This is beautiful Alisa! I love your creativity--your are inspiring. Welcome to the Gilded girls team!

Jillayne said...

Oh Alisa, she is so beautiful - what a truly lovely design. You have brought her to life!
It's amazing isn't it how when the right ideas and materials come along you can create magic. Beautiful!

Holly Loves Art said...

This is stunning! What a very special piece to treasure forever. Thank you so much for sharing... I'm smiling ear to ear looking at such great talent!
Cheers,
Holly

Margaret said...

Alisa, so beautiful, I love how your ballet journey has begun! I can't wait to see more! Mx

Robin Thomas said...

I just wet my pants, are you happy now?

Momma Goddess Treasures said...

Lovely!! I love what you have done with your stash!

Trudy aka Momma Goddess

Charlene said...

STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT ALL!!!!
Charlene

Dorthe said...

Alisa, she is magical, and so very BEAUTIFUL -
xo,Dorthe

Julia said...

Beautiful! You combined the materials in such a clever way. There is tenderness and peace in this scene, in the elegant way the ballerina dances and the gentle scatter of stars and flowers. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your book! :)