Monday, July 30, 2007

Latest little bit of insanity...........

A Spring Sprite, young relative of "Autumn not so Sprightly".

Here's a closeup, so you can see the decoration and embellishment:

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Simple stitches

Two french knots, one colonial knot and a fly stitch make a Simple Doll for a small person!

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I decided that, although non-toxic, a painted face just doesn't go with all that dribble!


My six month old grandson loved his simple doll and played with it happily for a week. Then his six year old brother suddenly decided to see if it could do the splits, grabbed both feet, pulled and split it like a wishbone.

I've made the little chap a new one in stretch fabric, but I can't bear the thought of a baby eating that stuffing, so its back to the drawing board.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Autumn not so sprightly!

I bought Patti Culea's book "Creative Cloth Doll Making" and of course, I had to jump right in and have a go. Here's the result, an autumn sprite....

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She's perhaps a little bit blowsy, a little bit overblown. She looks thoughtful, not sad but a little bit serious. It's because she's in the autumn of her life, a good bit past the middle, but still quite a way from the end. She has enjoyed her life up to now, so she still likes to dress in bright colours, but not as bright as she did when she was in her summer, spring now seems a long way behind. She still loves to wear necklaces and bracelets, but now the colours are muted, berries and fruits instead of summer flowers. Sometimes now, she finds she needs a light stole or a shawl to guard against the cold in the chilly autumn evenings.

She doesn't like those slippers. She still likes to wear dainty, pretty shoes and kick up her heels now and then. She has good feet and her favourite shoe colour is red. She wants me to make her another pair!

Here's a close-up of her face:

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and this is what she is sitting on:

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I used the beginners pattern with the intermediate face for this doll. The plan is to work through the patterns and techniques in the book and finish up with Spring, Summer and Winter too!