Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Albuquerque Museum of Art

I visited the Albuquerque Museum of Art.

It hosts a variety of special exhibits throughout the year,
but photography is only allowed with the permanent collections.

I learned about the lifestyle, history, and art
of the people of New Mexico.

The Spanish conquistadores were soldiers
who came to New Mexico to find gold
and claim the territory for Spain.

 They wore metal vests called "chain mail".
This is a modern reproduction visitors are invited to touch.

The Pueblo people who had been living here
for hundreds of years before the Spaniards
made pottery to be both beautiful and functional.

Artists from the past 100 years can be pretty creative, too.
Much of the art reflects the land and culture in New Mexico.
I like this miniature building of an old trading post because it was almost my size.
It was kind of like a trip down old Route 66.

Animal figures made of wood or paper mache
are a part of the regional folk art.

Coyotes are particularly symbolic in many Native American
cultures. He plays a part in the stories and legends 
passed on to children.

Other art and folk art pieces reflect the religious
faith and culture.

They have a collection of paintings
by many of the early 20th century artists.

This painting is by Georgia O Keefe.

These are some of my favorite paintings
in the permanent collection.

 The Albuquerque Museum of Art
has a collection of beautiful Navajo jewelry.

They have a large collection of more everyday use
and historical items from early Albuquerque,
but they are remodeling the room and the display of these items.
I can't wait until it opens again.

One odd piece that I like is this small saddle.
I'm not sure if it is a sample of a silver saddle,
but it is unusual.

I enjoy the sculpture garden outside the front of the museum
It is a nice place to visit even when I don't go inside.

Can you find me in this photo?

Here I am!
I am on the saddle!

I found another place to play.
This rock was the perfect place to stand.

Museums can be interesting and fun places to visit!
I hope you enjoyed sharing mine!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Little MO/Hitty Kimono Assembly

This visual tutorial is for the Little MO kimono pattern,
designed and sold by Paulette Morrissey for her Little MO dolls
and dolls similar to Hitty.

This a documentation of the first time I worked through the pattern.
It is meant to help others with photographs further illustrating each step.
If you would like to make a Little MO/Hitty kimono,
I recommend purchasing and using her pattern
and reading the directions that she has provided. 
This is not meant to replace her pattern and directions,
but to supplement it with photos.

First, I cut the pieces out. 
One of the best helps I found in following the pattern
was referring back to the actual pattern pieces.
Paulette has them all labeled and colored for fold lines,
cut lines, etc. and refers back to them in her written directions.

The "steps" I have listed below correspond to the steps in Paulette's written directions,
but only summarize or make note of her more thorough text.

Step 1
Fold front pieces on fold line and stitch.

Step 2
Sew front pieces to the back piece.

Step 3
Sew short ends of collar piece together,
right sides together.

Turn and press.

Step 4
Sew collar to kimono.

Turn and press.

Step 5
Cut small notches shown on pattern.
Sew seams (cuff hems).

Step 6
Sew hems on opposing sides as directed.
Fold sleeve in half and press.

Step 7
Sew sleeves to kimono.

Step 8
Fold kimono and sew side seams.

Step 9
Sew sleeve seams.

Step 10
Clip corners, turn kimono.
Hem the bottom.

Step 11
Fold obi in half and sew edge.
Note that I sewed the ends and the edges,
leaving and opening to turn the fabric.
This is not in Paulette's directions.

I slipped-stitched the opening after turning and pressing.

Dress your doll in the kimono.
Follow Paulette's directions to tie the obi knot.

Finished Kimono