As the nights are drawing in, the weather turns miserable and cold, I thought a few winter accessories were in order. A deep cherry - red silk cloche hat decorated with a silk apple, leaves and a feather and a leather handbag.
The handbag is rather special, as it is finished with real snakeskin! I have a very old crocodile handbag that I found at a fleamarket, that has lovely snakeskin edging ... but it is too old and fragile to use, and recently started to have a faint 'musty' smell.... so I am using up the leather in projects. I am an animal lover, and would never advocate using exotic animal skins for luxury goods, but as this handbag was at least third-hand, I don't feel too guilty. Besides, I think the snake is going to be greatly appreciated in it's new form!
On another note, I am starting to tackle the roof of Daviot House, experimenting with various finishes. No photos yet, but I did find a fantastic link to a site about model-making finishing techniques. A long, academic read with great photos, and best of all, a section on suppliers! Have a look ... http://davidneat.wordpress.com
And coming soon, a new stumpwork update!