Friday, February 28, 2020

Latest Doll - The Game Is Afoot!

I have a client who was very interested in Waiting for the Train but I am not ready to sell her yet and I don't duplicate dolls, so I came up with another Steampunk design influenced by Sherlock Holmse.  To my surprise, she loves all things Sherlock!

Preliminary Sketch and fabric pull.

Pics of her completed.
The red trim is crocheted from rayon thread salvaged from a Leather dress and Jacket I purchased at a Thrift Shop.  Her Magnifying glass is layers of paper cut out on my Cricut that I laminated together then added a lens cut from a piece of packing plastic.  Her Parasol does not open, but her books do! The hat, cape, and belt are removable.  I made the hatbox below to ship the hat so it didn't get crushed.  Her necklace is a cameo from an earring.  Her face is cloth over clay over cloth.  The arm bands are satin ribbon with tiny brass buckles.  Her Belt is silk as is her purse.  Keys other charms hang from her belt.  The tag on her carpet bag-made from upholstery samples-has her address.  Surprisingly she lives in the same building as Sherlock but a different apartment.  All the stripes on her overskirt match.  The pleated ruffle is the same fabric.  Her Corset is a paisley brocade with tiny brass button trim.

The hat box with the hat and her personalized tag inside.  It is made from cardstock with a chipboard top and bottom.  Satin ribbon trims the top and is used for the handle.  The top and bottom inside is lined with satin.

I wanted to give her a skeptical look as she peered through her Magnifying Glass with her one eyebrow raised.  He is wearing a Deerstalker cap made from the same homespun as her cape.  It is completely lined and the flaps can also tie under the chin.  Her hair is a piece of Lambskin that I curled then pulled the hair back and contained it in a bun.  The bun is enclosed in a crocheted snood from the red rayon thread. Above is a closeup of her carpet Bag.  The large book, a Forensics Handbook can be removed and attached to her belt if desired.  The small composition note book is also removable though its pages are empty.  The parasol is the same silk as her belt and edged in red lace.  Her shoes are the same fabric as her ruffled underskirt with buff faux suede spats.  They have beads on the side in lieu of buttons and are trimmed in the same crocheted rayon thread.

Inside of the Forensics Handbook.  Her petticoat is constructed from a vintage doily with tulle ruffles underneath. It barely peeks out from her skirt and keeps it flared

My client was very please and I am now onto the next doll.  I am designing a new body style a bit more zaftig!  She is inspired by the sun so she will be all yellows and oranges.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Another new doll

I taught this weekend at AFICC and had a wonderful time with some great Dollmaker's!  There was an anthropomorphic challenge and the teachers are encourages to enter so I created The Fairies New Shoes.  Lots of freemotion and machine embroidery.  She was chosen People's Choice!  I am thrilled! Here are some pics.

A New Doll

I recently completed this Steampunk doll.  I loved that stripe on her skirt-it has metallic goldin it- and really wanted to miter them.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Rag Bag Gals Summer Swap

I finally created a book to hold all the RBG Summer Swap pages.  The pages measure 4" x 6" and are both landscape and portrait.  I thought I would make it a gate fold cover and make the book 7" x 7".   Here are pics of the finished book.
Book open to first pages.  They overlap a bit in the center since they are 4" wide and the book is 7".

Pages open showing the two page orientations.  I attached pieces of lace to the spine side of the pages then attached the lace to the spine.

Spine with buttons as decoration.  They are sewed along the same lines as the lace was attached.

View looking down into the book.

Book Back.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Completed book!

I created a page for my book with the Colleen doll.  Here is her page and tag.
Since the book was getting very thick, I decided I had enough pages so I finished it.  Here are some pics of the finished bound book.  Complete directions on how I did it are found on my Book Bindings page. Now on to the next one!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Another new doll but didn't post! - Colleen , Couturier to the Fairies

I made this doll as a gift to a dear friend who wrote a fabulous article for Art Doll Quarterly.  She is seated on a Mushroom, holds a fairy dress on a hanger being admired by a little Fairy Friend who is saying OOOOH! is that mine? about the new dress Colleen is holding.  Colleen is wearing her fav outfit - a striped vest, lacy flowey blouse, frayed jeans, over the shoulder bag, lots of funky jewelry and her laceup sandles and ankle bracelets.  She is created from my Style of her Own pattern with a cloth over clay over cloth face.
closeup of her outfit.
Face close-up

Fairy dress on Hanger

Just Colleen

Her Fairy Friend                                                                   Her Forest Seat

Her Stylish Sandels 

More Book in Progress pages

 Actually, the book is almost done - don't like one of the pages so re-doing it.  Here are some more of the pages and their accompanying tags with the Stories.  The only new doll is Colleen which I made for a dear friend.  There are 10 dolls total.

Late Again! Tea Anyone?

Colleen - Couturier to the Fairies

Puppy Love
Alice is that you?

The Bride as a Child

The Scholar