Friday, April 23, 2021

Experimental Trio

Before my last two completed dolls, I experimented with a new doll body. Trying to get the size and shape I wanted, I made three stuffed bodies. 

            #1 was too long and thin
            #2 was too angled at the bottom
            #3 is a bit more full at the bottom

I ladder stitched all three around the waist for a couple reasons (that I can't really remember now). It may have been to round them out a bit more, and in #1's case, shorten her a bit. Maybe all three needed to be shortened, but I won't know until I sew and stuff another to see what I was thinking at the time.

All three have had paperclay added to their heads, which was my intention from the start.

Since I don't really throw anything away, my plans for these prototypes are:

         To make #1 into a Day of the Dead character
         To make #2 into a character of some sort
         To make #3 into an Izannah-style doll

Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Call for Submissions! We're excited to announce that a brand-new special edition of Art Doll is coming your way in 2021, and it will be bigger and better than ever! We're currently seeking submissions of all types of autumn and Halloween-inspired dolls — from spooky to whimsical, from clay to fabric, from realistic to primitive. For all information on submitting your artwork, please visit: We can't wait to see your art dolls! Deadline April 25

So I decided to do this, and though that another Pumpkinhead doll would be perfect. I submitted her photo today, and she may or may not be accepted for the September issue featuring these seasonal dolls. But it was fun anyway.

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Monday, April 19, 2021


Ginger is a commissioned doll, representing a wonderful woman of the same name. I used craft velour for the body (Averill pattern) and head (modified Cecelia pattern). She has jointed shoulders, elbow, wrists, hips, knees and ankles.