|Decorating the skirt|
|Newly prepared pantaloons, boots and body|
|The boots are on the body, and the skirt as well|
|Showing bobtail, dress top and arms/paws in place|
|Mme. Lapin's head ready to be attached|
Once the head was on, the final piece of the re-creation was putting on the newly-decorated apron and the collar. Whilst the former was part of the original Mme. Lapin, the collar is fresh white felt, decorated again with red and green French knots and tied with red satin ribbon (again a left-over from the Christmas Baby Rabbits!). The apron was attached by carefully stitching through the green chain-stitching decorating the waistband, I then tied it at the back taking the bob-tail into consideration.
|Mme. Lapin from the rear|
Then the final addition - the newly made carrot - was provided and the whole creation can now be revealed.
|Holding onto the new carrot!|
By the way, Mons Reynard is now in pieces, looking a very different colour and will be beginning the renewal process later today. He's got new eyes, and will be having a set of new leather boots - his others had got so dry over the years, that as I de-stuffed them, they began to tear apart. (Because we now have access to softer, glove quality leather, I'd already decided they would be replaced!) Also he will obviously be getting completely new stuffing. Other than these items, all the original materials used can be utilised to bring him back to life and ready for the next 30 years with Mme. Lapin in France. His progress will form part of the next post or two.
Meanwhile - au revoir for the time being! Isobel