Wednesday, April 04, 2007

My first 'proper' cloth dolls

Babies for my six year old grandaughter, so quite traditional.

I made the heads first, because I thought they would be the most difficult bit...




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Made in stretch velour fabric. Needle sculpted. Painted with watercolour dyes and gouache in fabric medium. Heat fixed with a hot air gun.




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The 'wigs' are knitted in fancy fur-type knitting yarn. I had several goes knitting different yarns on different sized knitting needles. (I've got a bag of 'experimental' wigs now that will probably be used to make puppets!). I used 'teddy bear' joints to fix the legs and arms to the body, so that the dolls can sit and I put empty 'plastic tubes' from polyester sewing machine thread in the necks to help keep the heads up. That's about it, really. Made in the traditional stuffed toy way. Now I just have to make two sets of clothes.

I'm pleased with these, they make me laugh. I think I'll make some more!



12 comments:

arlee said...

Can i bring my tea set over and we'll play dollies?????? They are SO sweet! Well done!

Elizabeth said...

They are darling head to toe! I love the smiles, toes, noses and hair.

Allison Ann Aller said...

You should be pleased! These are not only whimsical and adorable, but very professional, too...

Sue B said...

Too cute! Love the hair!

Conni said...

So cute! Love the expressions!

Dy said...

They've got such character!
Love the "do's"! :-)

Micki said...

They are so sweet and adorable!

Dianne said...

These are just sooooo cute - love their expressions.

Nancilyn said...

Precious and adorable! Yes, you need to make more -- many, many more.

MargaretR said...

These are fantasic baby dolls. I'm sure she will be over the moon with them. You must make loads more of these.

SeamRippstress said...

Adorable dollies! Your needle sculpting is exquisite!

Judi said...

These two are adorable! I love the idea of recycling the old thread spools as the neck support.