Monday, April 14, 2008

So here it is...the Shakespeare Swap. Ah, this one was a creative one for me. I used a lot of things that I haven't used in a while and even some new stuff.

Here is the whole package that I sent to my partner:

This is a close up of the Witches Brew jars that I made. Each of the jars are for a different item that was listed as the ingredients for the potion made by the witches in Macbeth. Adders Fork... Month Old Toad... Wing of Howlet... Wool of Bat... Tongue of Dog... Toe of Frog...

My partner likes purses and I found this amazing fabric so I knew I had to use it for this lovely pleated clutch pattern that I've been wanting to try out. The clock fabric is a nod to her favorite quote from Twelfth Night "The clock upbraids me with a waste of time". The fabric is 100% cotton, lined with a medium brown broadcloth and has a magnetic clasp closure.

Finally the monster of all projects..the Macbeth Book shrine. I took several of her favorite scenes from the play and tried incorporating them into the book somehow, using a ton of different techniques and supplies. Some of the scenes shown are Great Birnham Wood, Lady Macbeth after reading the letter from her husband in the beginning, the fight scene at the end between Macbeth and MacDuff, and of course the banquet scene with Banquo's ghost. Along the edges of the "pages" is the famous "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow" quote and finally there's a nod to the doorkeeper with the large metal door handle on the front of the book.

Here is the wonderful package that I received!!

First up is the Midsummer Night's Dream tote that I've been using since the day it arrived. It's made from a recycled, thrifted wool sweater. My partner over dyed it this beautiful dark green, then embroidered the trees, felted it and then beaded and embroidered some more. So cool and so fun! I've already gotten a ton of compliments on it!

Here's puck along the side holding a bead flower.

The super soft lining fabric.

How amazing is this - it's an Emma Thompson/Beatrice doll from Much Ado about Nothing!! Knit from head to toe - even her skivvies. And if that isn't impressive enough already she made her outfit. It's even removable so that I can dress her in other Emma Thompson roles!! I love it!

Finally here's the Romeo and Juliet cuff. I wish you could see the details on this! It's scenes 2-5 from the play and it's just amazing! I wish I had a closeup of the wedding gown - gorgeous work, and such a clever idea. It's soooo comfy too. I've already worn it several times!

*** all photos taken by my wonderful swap partner astormorray! ***