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Italian peasant girl – new shawl

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Thanks to my hurdy-gurdy, the peasant girl now not only has both her shoulders, but a new shawl! She’s looking dramatically better, finally. A major roadblock has been overcome.

The shoulder on the right side has been attached. It was made separately due to the picture getting too big and unwieldy to allow for a lot of detailed work. The water behind it has been put in. The old shawl parts were cut away and the new pieces with the wavy grain added.


Things are looking up for the Italian peasant girl, with her new shawl

The wrinkles discovered on the edges of a piece of burl I was using for the hurdy-gurdy lid design seem to match the shape of the shawl well, and it is the right color – red. Now there are just a couple shadow pieces near the waist, where it crosses, and along the left edge of the top diagonal piece. I never would have guessed the solution would be so simple!


A partial reject shawl on the left and the good one on the right

Since my other scan had gotten left on a previous computer, I have rescanned the original picture in the book, enlarged it to match the marquetry. The top section has been printed out and I have started drawing the pattern. Her head, with the sky, tree and hillside will be made separately and added on later. I’ve also started pawing through the veneers for suitable pieces.

Lady in waiting

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

The wood used for the border of the lid inlay had some grain in it that I thought would be perfect for a tough wardrobe item of my lady in waiting. Years ago [the first post on a marquetry forum about it was Dec, 2003], I started a marquetry portrait of an Italian peasant girl, “A daughter of Abruzzi” as the old geography book refers to her.


LANDS AND PEOPLES, The Grolier Society, vol II page 307, 1929-1953

She is waiting eventually for her head, but in the short term, she is waiting patiently for her shawl. I spent months on the picture over the years, putting in hundreds of pieces, but got bogged down with the shawl. I’ve tried it several times, cutting in different woods to simulate the folds, but it just wasn’t coming out right. So, maybe this burl veneer with the two places of unique wavy grain will make it look like it is supposed to? So, I retrieved her out of storage to work on the picture some.


The Italian peasant girl picture is as wide as the keychest

This is the biggest, most complicated picture I have done so far, and that’s not including the top third of the image. Right now it is about 13″ x 13″.


Detail showing the variety of all the natural colored woods