Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Queen Beetrix.....

I didn't finish a doll in time for the Queen challenge at the Jan Horrox Facebook group. I had good intentions but it just didn't happen. However I did finish a queen doll....her name is Beetrix.

I originally gave her long yellow hair but it didn't really appeal to me. Maybe too much yellow? 

I also changed her outfit a few times ending up with a bubble skirt which I personally think was inspired...even if I do say so myself. It's made of alternate strips of cotton quilt fabric that I sewed together. To get them all the same size I tore the fabric in strips rather than cutting. Much easier. I added a bit of stuffing at the hem as an afterthought. It added a bit of floofing to make her more bee  like:)

Floofing is a word....who knew. I thought I just made it up and when spell chcek didn't react I Googled. "Verb. floof (third-person singular simple present floofs, present participle floofing, simple past and past participle floofed)"

I made her hair from a mini boa. I glued it on with a glue gun which trust me is not a good idea.

I put a loop on her back so she can hang on the wall....hovering just like a bee:)

Take care:)

Friday, October 12, 2018

I think I finally fixed the comments on this blog and I'm now getting emails when someone comments. Hopefully this will work for everyone. There were two people from before that it didn't work for and now maybe it will. Fingers crossed.

Thank you Mary Anne at Magpie's Mumblings who posted a link to where to find a solution. Go here.

I had to do it twice but it seems to be working now.  I then received an email that asked me if I wanted to subscribe to comments on this blog and I did what it said and now all is well.

Take care:) 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Queen and I......

Well my attempts at the Troll Queen by Arley Berryhill are presently stalled. I cannot get her head right even after three attempts. Best to put it aside and try again later.  Move on to something else :)

I made her torso from cotton rather than the deer suede that Arley suggested. It's covered with clothes anyway so no one sees it. It turned out fine. If I don't use it for the Troll Queen I think the body would be perfect for a Mrs. Santa Claus. Or, maybe a witch. I've always wanted to make a Nanny Ogg of my favourite characters by Terry Pratchett. Although I may have to make her knickers bigger. Nanny Ogg never carries a handbag; she keeps all she needs in her knickers.

Take care:)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

A New Challenge.......

Jan Horrox Cloth Doll Makers FB group has a new autumn challenge....Queens. Wow so many possibilities. It doesn't even have to be a human....dragon queen, alien queen, unicorn queen....:)

I already have a pattern that would be perfect. It's by Arley Berryhill and it's called "The Troll Queen".

Isn't she lovely :)

I have a piece of gold brocade dress fabric that's been in my stash for eons. It was remnant I bought for a couple of dollars. I must have had some idea for it at the time but I have no idea what it was.

It has a right side but the reverse is also interesting too. Hmmmm. I might use it.

I'll have to dig around and see what else I have. I do have a lot of very old, burgundy, green, blue....but sewing velvet is such a pain unless you have the right type of machine foot. It's called a walking foot or roller foot. I must have one somewhere.

Stay tuned:) 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Finish......

Go figure. I posted that I was closing this blog and now I'm getting queries from followers asking where I am and what I'm making. 

Okay I'm back then :) Actually I'm glad. 

This is a doll I have just finished for a mermaid challenge at the Dollstreet Dreamers club. The doll body is from a book by Patti Medaris Culea called "Creative Cloth Doll Beading". Her head is from another book by Patti called "Creative Cloth Doll Faces". 

I haven't made a doll in awhile so the face was a challenge. I made a big oops with her mouth and covered it up with white gel pen. Then to hide that I gave her extra pink cheeks. In person it looks okay but in the pics the pink looks a bit extreme. I can still see my mistake despite my coverup efforts....sigh. My son  tells me that only I can see it LOL  
She has a very rubenesque figure so making a bra for her was a bit of a challenge. I'm quite pleased with what I came up with. Wired shell like shapes.

Lots of beads and sequin bling....
Here she is finished......

 Take care:)

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Closing blog......

I've decided to closed down this blog as I tend to post more on my Facebook page. If you are interested you can find me here....

Cloth Doll Maker's Diary

I will be keeping my other blog open....My Tate Gallery...... and I will be posting there about my doll making activity as well as on my Facebook page. Sort of combining all of my sewing activity in one place along with the other stuff I do. Maybe then I'll be a better Blogger and post more.....:)

Take care.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

A finish......

I haven't posted here in quite awhile as I seem to be on Facebook all the time.

I took yet another online course with Angela Jarecki called "Song of Hope".  My last online course I think unless some amazing class comes along. When I comsider the exchange between Canadian and USD is gets to be an expensive hobby.

It's been awhile since I made a doll....September 2015!!!!!  

I had a bit of trouble doing the head for this doll. So I cheated and used the head from her doll Abundance. Much easier. I also had to take off the first face I made and start again. You can do that as the skin over face technique is pretty forgiving. You just wet the face and pull off the skin and then redo. Sounds gross doesn't it?

Anyway....I finished my doll. I'm pretty pleased with her as I was very rusty at drawing faces. The costuming was really fun to do as well. I was lucky in that I had so many matching fabrics that I could mix and match. 

You can see the seam under her skin in this pic but in person it doesn't show at all.
I doesn't show at all  if the pic is fuzzy...........:)

Take care :)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Doll Wig Tutorial Part 1 and 2

I thought these were interesting videos. I make cloth doll but I think that the method shown is something I'd like to try. I watched the second video with a great deal of interest. How she handles the middle part is really very cool :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cloth Doll Artistry Challenge...... Number 2..

Mini challenge number 2...put a doll inside a frame.

I joined in the second mini challenge full of ideas...too many ideas. So many that I couldn't decide what to do.

In the end I chose to make a Frowning Francis pattern called "The Fairy and the Snail". I bought this pattern a very long time ago but I never got round to making it up. I printed the pattern so that it was much smaller than the original.

Making the fairy at a reduced size was a bit fiddly. I originally made her out of muslin but after turning and stuffing it had frayed too much. I remade her in deersuede. Much better to work with. The only problem is that deersuede doesn't have a good surface for making faces. To solve that I used clear gesso on the face first.

I didn't use the antennae idea for the snail from the pattern because they were just way too small to turn. I added some afterwards using pipe cleaners.

The frame I used was an old one with a few dings. To make it look nicer I used some paper to cover it and mod podge to seal it.
I took a picture before I put the frame on.......
and here is the finished project.
It's difficult to take a picture without glare but I think you get the idea.
It was a great project to do and something a bit different from what I've done in the past.

Cloth Doll Artistry

Take care:)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cloth Doll Artistry News .....

With the New Year there have been some changes at the CDA Studio on Facebook.  Including a cute new banner.

In addition the CDA has a new Blog......Cloth Doll Artistry Studio. 

This year they will be having mini challenges with shorter time frames. I think I prefer that myself. Give me three months to do something and I'll probably forget the due date and it'll be done in the last week or not at all.

So far so good :)

I just finished the first mini project. I posted about what I made over on my other blog My Tate Gallery. You can see what I  

The second challenge has now been posted. The guidelines are pretty open for interpretation and I already have a great idea.  It should be interesting to see what the members create.

Take care:)