Sunday, April 29, 2012

Better Photos (Harvest Moon doll)

 Tonight I finally took a few better photos of my latest doll, made from my "Under the Harvest Moon" pattern - this time done up in Spring colors. I think I may take her to Ohio with me when I go to teach in May along with her pattern (available HERE).
I took many photos, trying to get the angles and lighting right. What did we every do before digital cameras?!  I haven't used my old Canon AE-1 in years. It might be fun to get it out one of these days.  Then I'd need to figure out where to take film to be developed!

Sunday, April 22, 2012


The Doll Party Gala is less than a month away, I'm starting to feel the anxiety of the countdown. Starting to dream about packing (and forgetting really important items needed for the class).

Yesterday I put together the kits for the class and started working on a new Suffragette Sally sample doll - or at least her dress. I think this one will be a redhead.
Today is beautiful, and it's been a long time since we had really nice weather here at the coast. I think I should take a nice walk along the dike and maybe bring my camera before I sequester myself in the studio.

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Doll, Finished

It was a sewing marathon this weekend, and I was able to finish my Harvest Moon doll (well, except her unders). I used dupioni silk for bodice and lower legs, and while I LOVE the look of the fabric, I HATE how it frays. But those were the fabrics I had on hand that matched the colors in the print skirt fabric.

I couldn't find any suitable fringed trim for her hair, so made a Tibetan lamb wig. I'll probably take her with me to the conference in Ohio in May.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


I spent the day working on my Harvest Moon doll. My customer chose the green-eyed face from a few posts ago, so this is the girl with the brown eyes. I really had a difficult time choosing fabric for her costuming, finally settling on a print that I've had for a very long time for her skirt. I still need to cover her jointing buttons. I haven't even started looking for hair yet.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

BOM ~ April

Just finished the April set of blocks for Amy Gibson's free Block of the Month class on the Craftsy website. This month we learned English paper piecing. All the hexagrams are sewn on by hand. I had a bit of a struggle with the block on the right, arranging and rearranging hexes until I had a design I liked. Part of it was the busy background fabric, but I'm running low on the prints with the white background. I may have to buy more. I'm using fabrics from a fat quarter bundle called "Fresh Flowers" by Deb Strain for Moda.

And here are the blocks so far, in no particular order: