Saturday, April 17, 2010

Working on a new pattern ~ Tombstone Angels

I've spent the last couple days working on publishing a new pattern - one that I started back in October. I think I'm almost there. This angel is nearly done, and will probably be an ornie. She still needs some shading with colored pencil, and possible some detail lines on the wing feathers. I'm not as happy with her overall shape. I think she looks rather bat-like.
This angel is prototype #1. She was designed to fit onto a quilted fabric tombstone. Last night I wrote most of the instructions for the wall hanging. Of course, I had to make a second wall hanging, so I could photograph various steps. Now I need to find a meaninful quote to insert into the frame. HERE'S the frame prototype. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What in the World!?

The Ross Sisters, 1944: My dad sent me this, and I became totally mesmerized as I sat there watching it.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Another doll done (Yay!)

This poor girl has been nekkid since September. Last night I finally sewed her clothing (which is removable), and this morning gave her hair. I made her using my "Under the Harvest Moon" pattern. About 21 inches tall, she does NOT stand alone - I just hate the distracting look of the stand supporting her, so took the liberty of Photoshopping it out.

I love using fringed trim for hair - so fast, easy, and colorful. I had a really hard time getting a decent photo, and I'm still not satisfied.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The last of the old Averill dolls

One doll many more to go? I'm whittling away at that Big Basket-O-Dolls that need finishing. This doll is from my Averill pattern - and is the last face using that particular mold. I'd recently resculpted the face (hopefully with facial features that are in better proportion) and had new molds made.

I'm naturally drawn to autumn colors, so when I saw this print at the fabric store, I felt compelled to buy it (as well as some accent fabrics). I've had the fringe trim for quite awhile, and I thought the colors went well with the fabric.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fiona's finally home!

After nearly 2-1/2 weeks, baby Fiona is finally home. We were pleasantly surprised last night when the new family stopped by for a visit a day early. She still looks so tiny, at 6 lbs, 6 oz. Guess I'm just used to lugging 33 lb Ivan around.
I wonder how their first night home went? It seems so long ago that I was perpetually sleep-deprived. I'm too old to do that anymore.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cloth & Clay doll

During my participation in Dixie's Izannah Workshop, I'd also been lurking on another artist's site. Jane DesRosier (Gritty Jane) has a Ning group with tutorials on her method of creating Cloth and Clay dolls. I'd been working on my doll a little bit at a time, and today finally finished her. I decided to use some challenge fabric given to me in October by a fellow doll club member for her skirt.

This doll is a work of folk art, and more primitive or simplistic than my usual style. It's good to work outside the box once in awhile. I think the hardest part for me was grunging the finish. I have to admit I did it with a light hand.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter. I've driven my husband crazy, singing "Here Comes Peter Cottontail." Now he can't get it out of his head. Such a catchy tune ~ how many brains can I infect?

Friday, April 2, 2010

Another Izannah workshop doll finished!

It's about time I dressed this girl. This is the first doll I made in Dixie's workshop. Her dress is made from homespun fabric in a deep green color, sewn by both machine and by hand. I may add something like an apron, collar, shawl, or similar to add some interest. I didn't stay true to the era with her dress, using snap closures (I know that's cheating).

I lightly antiqued her head and arms with diluted burnt umber paint, wiping away most of it. The nose on this doll is broader than doll #2, but I still like her. She's also got cloth ears, sewn, stuffed and glued in place. They're about the same size as the clay ears on doll #2, which are clay.

I decided to give her an apron in a print close to the color of her shoes. I found a tiny pattern in the book "The Collector's Book of Dolls' Clothes" by Evelyn Coleman, enlarging it about 410% and making up my own instructions. It's lined, and has interfacing sandwiched in between for some stiffness.