Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Here's a close up of his sweet little face.
I also made a doll for the FOCD ragdoll swap. She's finished and ready to travel to Colorado as soon as my swap partner, Jeanne, returns from her vacation next week. I will post pics of her and the one I receive when the swap is completed. Swaps are so much fun. Jeanne and I have been in regular contact since we started and I have made a wonderful new friend!
Here's a closeup of the base. I had fun making the gold coins and filling the treasure chest with jewels. I covered both sides of a small piece of cardstock with gold, then used a hole punch to cut out the coins. I covered the base with a thin coat of craft glue and sprinkled sand over it, then added some shells. Because I was very new at dollmaking when I made the body parts, I had no clue about armatures or how I would mount the doll on a base. I finally inserted a short knitting needle into the base and slid it inside the legging. Now she stands without falling over.
The hair is regular curly doll hair. I rarely use it, but wanted the curls. It's glued and needle felted in place.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
I haven't had time to post in a few days due to my Mom having surgery and taking care of her since she's been home. She's doing great now, so I'm back at the computer with a new picture.
This is Jedediah. I used a pattern by Jane Houck to create him. This was my first attempt at sculpting a head from a styrofoam ball and covering it with felt. I added teeth to his silly grin. The vest is made from a recycled velvet dress and outlined with metallic string. His medallion is strung on the same string that I chain stitched to make a chain. He was a lot of fun to make. My Mom fell in love with his toothy grin and he now belongs to her.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Next came "Ichabod," another of Ute's patterns.
My addiction was becoming stronger so I enlarged the pattern and "Harry" was born. Harry's on the right. His sandals are made of craft foam and elastic.
Having been severely bitten by the dolly bug, I ordered my first book by Patti Medaris Culea, "Creative Cloth Doll Making." Patti inspired me so much that I now own four of her books and am eagerly awaiting the fifth. I haven't made pictures yet of the dolls I'm working on from her books, but will upload them soon.
As my skills increased, I tried patterns from other popular designers. Here are the results.
This is "Alethea." She's my first mermaid and is a wall doll. I spent days overlapping and gluing sequins as scales. Pattern designer is Donna Schramek. Alethea is the first doll I have sold.
I decided to try a little something different so this one's made from Kezi Matthews' "Millicent."
I fell in love with Arley Berryhill's "Minerva" and had the pattern for months before I attempted it. Once I started, it was hard to stop. I love the way she turned out. She has many hours of beading and the fabrics are very shimmery. It's hard to see that in the photos. She's called "Neptune's Daughter."
That's all for today. I'll post again soon.
I've been sewing since I was a child. I made my first quilt 20 years ago. I had no idea what I was doing but jumped right in and have been quilting ever since. I've come a long way in 20 years, but as I get older, my quilts are getting smaller because I'm just too tired to struggle with big bed quilts any more. Now my quilts are mostly for wall decor or gifts. After the sudden loss of my daughter almost 2 years ago, I needed to find something new to help me through my grief and the quilts just weren't doing it for me. I surfed the web and stumbled on a doll making site. I was in total awe of the beautiful and whimsical dollie population that exists on the web. I knew from that moment I was hooked and had to try it for myself.
My first attempt at doll making was a free download pattern by Judith Prior. http://dollmakersjourney.com/fancynancy.html She was easy and so much fun to make. She sits perched atop my computer desk most of the time and guards it well. I've come far since making her and I see things now that I could have done better, but I wouldn't change a thing about her. She brings a smile each time I look up and remember the sense of satisfaction and joy I experienced making my first doll.