Just completed this Queen of Hearts Marionette in time for the Victorian Fete, here in Oamaru, where the theme this year is Alice in Wonderland! If she's good, she might even make it to the Strawberry Fare later in December!
She has just been strun with a very simple controller and only five strings - three on her head and one on each hand
Off with her head! The Staff is made from gold aluminium wire wrapped around a red glass bead, threaded with fine copper wire, and wound down the stem.
Based on the Character played by Helen Bonham -Carter, in Tim Burton's movie, Alice in Wonderland, I have made six video's of making this head on my Facebook page, if you want to check them out! Just put in SFM Cloth Dolls With Attitude and you will find it!
I made the skirt in three panels made form curtain fabric. The hearts were cut from black calico frames over gold fabric and pressed on with Steam a Seam.
Putting the body together. Here she is strung from an anchor in the shoulders and up through the head. I kept her legs and feet simple as they will not be seen. I quite like the shape of them.
I made simple little shoes. The feet are weighted.
Simple arms attached to shoulders so they will move well. Padded shoulders for the puffed sleeve.
the sleeves finished.
All finished with Lace crown, Bodice and other embellishments.