I started this blog as a repository of doll related blogs/sites, YouTube videos and other stuff that may be helpful to other doll makers and me too:)

I'm new to doll making as such but I have been making and producing hand made crafts all my life. In dollmaking I have found a new avenue for my need to be actively creative.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A finish at last....

After all the medical drama I've been going through these last months.....resulting in major surgery on July 28th...... it's no wonder that my Creative Muse took a hike out the door.....LOL

I'm glad to say she has come back. Hopefully for good.

I started this doll in May for a challenge at the Cloth Doll Artistry Facebook group.....

I used a pattern by Teresa Pietras called "Lilly: A Fantasy Rabbit".

She turned out better than I expected. I'm a bit out of practice. I just realized that this is the first complete doll I've made since August 1st last year. Sheesh!

I have a lot of half made dolls in progress and I really should get my act together and finish them.

I used a leftover scrap from a fat quarter for her torso and legs but I didn't have enough to make her skirt. The pattern calls for white tulle which I had but it didn't look right. I was sort of stuck and thought that I might have to go buy something. Since I'm trying to use up what I have that wasn't really an option I wanted to go for.

Then I found this small piece of sheer fabric which was the perfect colour. I couldn't believe my luck. I didn't remember using or buying this fabric ever and then I remembered. I won a blog giveaway in July 2012 and this fabric was part of that. I was just enough thank goodness.

Her blingy bracelet is made from a mesh trim that came in a roll. I bought it at Michael's. I think it was called Diamonds By The Yard.

It looks like it has a diamond in each little circle but it's an optical illusion. It has little hollow faceted depressions. 

It's really neat stuff and can be cut to whatever size you need. I used some on the top of her bodice and around her sleeves.

By the way. If you ever use feathered boa for hair DO NOT glue it on. OMG what a mess. I had to take it off and redo it. I had just enough left and I sewed it on with "invisible" thread which is a real pain to use too.

I think I'll call this doll Diamond.

Take care:)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend Challenge......

I've been thinking about doing this challenge at Cloth Doll Artistry as I have this rabbit pattern by Teresa Pietras that I'd love to make.

I won't be doing the rabbit feet though. Teresa offers an option of regular feet and for what I have in mind that seems like a better idea.

Teresa uses minimal soft sculpturing in her doll faces.



I recently discovered Teresa on Facebook......https://www.facebook.com/TeresaPietrasArtDolls?ref=profile

Take care:)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Free Workshop with Daryle Cook of Woodstown Whimsies.....

Daryle Cook of Woodstown Whimsies has started a blog to which he is adding a free workshop for an Angel Shrine Doll.
If you're interested in following along his blog address is.....http://clothandclaydollmakers.blogspot.ca/. So far he has added parts 1 and 2.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dollmaker's Journey Facebook Challenge....or how Mary Ann does dumb stuff :)

Dollmaker's Journey has a Facebook page now.......https://www.facebook.com/DollmakersJourney?v=app_255191341325880

Since I seem to be on Facebook a lot keeping up with the antics of my family I "liked" their page so I could see what new products they have and such.

In January they started A Work Along Event. Everyone who is interested can participate. The same pattern is used by all the participants to make a doll. Of course DMJ is hoping that you will purchase the pattern from them :) Why not?...it's a great business idea.

I had won a $10 coupon from them so I thought what the heck and purchased the pattern.....Santos Doll "All Will Be Well" by Sharon Mithchell.


It's been quite interesting seeing the results. Not one of the dolls produced looks like the picture. Some really amazing work.

If anyone has any issues or difficulties Sharon Mitchell gives advice. DMJ have even added pictures of how to do the various steps. It's been very helpful.

This particular event started January 1st and runs until April 1st. The next one is going to be Flirty Flora by Stephanie Novatski. I might join in as I already have the CD directions.


I understand that they have also made it into a downloadable PDF pattern which is a much better idea. Instant gratification for us doll makers....LOL

By the way I don't get any remuneration from Dollmaker's Journey :)
Typical of me I have just started the Santos doll this week. I thought it was due February 28th so of course I went into panic mode which is my usual mode when I do challenges.

I made the body and arms. I wasn't sure what size of seam allowance to use for the body. I measured what showed on the pattern pieces and it was about 1/8th of an inch.

WRONG! I checked today out of curiosity and it does say on page three to use "Just over .5cm ( ¼ inch) seam allowance". Arrrgghhh. I am totally useless at reading directions.

So of course I had my first issue......I had started stuffing the body and I was looking at it and at the tube and wondering......how is this supposed to fit into that tube?

Never mind I say to myself and blissfully carry on.

Here is the body stuffed into a Mason jar beside the tube for comparison.

At this point I go to DMJ's Facebook page and ask what am I doing wrong. I can see that my doll is much larger than the others produced. I mention that I used the seam allowance on the pattern piece but no one clues in....not even me at that point.....LOL

So faced with this body I looked for a solution.

I had kept the inner tube from some Christmas wrapping paper as it was the same diameter as the one in the paper towel roll. Good thing I did. I measured the paper towel roll and it was 11 inches. I cut two lengths from my longer roll and then cut up one side on each. Now I had two halves. Trying to join them into one roll was a challenge so I looked for something round that was the diameter that I wanted to end up with. I wrapped my pieces around it and kept them together with a rubber band.

Are you still with me?

I taped them together and then I covered the result with newsprint paper mache. This is my result....

I didn't like the fit at the top as it gaped so I tapered the tube to fit the hips. It doesnt look very pretty but it will be covered so who cares:)

As I write this no one in the Facebook group has realized what my mistake was...ha ha. Should I tell them?


Next up the costuming.

Take care:) 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cloth Doll Artistry..........

Cloth Doll Artistry is having some fun challenges this quarter.

If you're interested you can join in on Facebook.

I can't really decide which one to do ???

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Free Pattern!!!!!

A for Artistic has a fabulous offer until December 15, 2014.

A free pattern from Susan Barmore of Frowning Francis. I have made her patterns before and they are really so much fun to make.

Go here......A For Artistic...and get your  free pattern for "Santa's Helper"

Source: Frowning Francis


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