Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Turkey Time

Well, what do you know...I finally made something in time for a holiday.

Today I made a pin doll for a co-worker's birthday (we're going out to dinner this evening). I think I need to redesign the legs to be a little shorter, though.

Turkey Time was designed 2004. I had great aspirations to publish a pin doll book, but it's a long way from completion. So far I've got about five pin doll patterns for the book, and ideas for many more.

It may happen someday.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Always a Holiday Behind?

This is Sonia. She was going to be witch for Halloween this year (a Good Witch), but as it's November 11, it seems I'm a holiday behind.

I used my Averill pattern, with an alternate cloth-covered clay face. Her body and limbs are from craft velour. I made her skirt a little longer, altered her vest pattern, and gave her a purple coat/duster. Her hair is Tibetan lamb, dyed. She doesn't look much like a witch any more, but she could be one if she wanted.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Did it Work?

Ok, I think I've successfully uploaded a pdf on my website - the Snow People pattern/instructions. I need to hear from a few of you to let me know if you can access the information.

This link will take you to my free on-line patterns page. Just click on the snowman and it should take you to a page with links to the pattern and instructions.


Just drop me a comment here to let me know if it worked or if it didn't.


Monday, November 3, 2008


I'm thrilled to have made the cover of SD&A magazine! These folks always do a wonderful job of photographing the dolls. And, of course, the pattern is included in this issue.

I designed this Santa last Christmas, for my siblings (I didn't know what else to get them). I should make another for our upcoming ER Christmas Party and Auction (traditionally, I make a Santa every year to be auctioned off).

Thanks, SD&A!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Coming Soon

Way back in 1997, I decided to make Snow People for all my coworkers. This was when I was really new to dollmaking. I tried to incorporate individual interests into each doll.

I decided it would be a good idea to post a free pattern here and on my website for this doll, so I dug out all those old pattern pieces. To refresh my memory, I wanted to sew another one, to make sure my instructions were correct. Now I can't find my Warm & Natural fleece. Oh well.

Stay tuned, because when I find it and figure out how to post a pattern, you'll find it here.

In the meantime, you can see all the Snow People at my Picturetrail site: www.picturetrail.com/blueherondolls The photos aren't the best, they were scanned from original 35mm photos (pre-digital).