Archive for March 31, 2007

Stone Cold Troll #2 – The One That Got Away

March 31, 2007

The One That Got Away
I got the second Stone Cold Troll finished today. Thanks to Tia Linda for inspiring this one – she came up with the idea of ‘the one that got away”. I have the directions all written up, I will offer this as a pattern by the end of next week (hopefully). He’s fun but there’s lots to learn, for instance, my special stone paint job for his skin, how to use Paverpol, and a fun treatment for the base to make it look like stone. I’ll also teach you to alter a bra and make the club. Phew.
When I first sculpted his face I had given him a smirk. Should have left it – he looks entirely too sweet now, LOL. Hope you like him!
OH DEAR …. I *just* realized I forgot to give him his goatee … guess he’s NOT done! sigh.

The artsy bra – for the one that got away

March 29, 2007

Doll bra So this is the bra for my troll to drag behind him. Cute, eh? I’m nearly finished covering it with the fake fur. Did you know that the training bra section of the store has padded, underwired bras? EEKS. My training bras (if I can remember that far back) were just a piece of stretchy white material. This thing started out bright orange with lime green lace trim. My, how times have changed!

Ruby: A mermaid of another color

March 24, 2007

When I was at the trade show one of the girls in our doll club mentioned that we didn’t have any black dolls on display. She liked the mermaids and would have bought one if I had made a dark skinned mermaid. I have never really thought about that before but she was right – most of my dolls are light skinned. So I decided to make her a mermaid.

Ruby 2

HA – she might not get it because it’s another one I fell in love with. These things are going to take over my house! I’ll have a school of them. Thank goodness no one said we didn’t have any MALE dolls, LOL. I’m not ready to tackle a merman.

Blume – a free cloth doll pattern

March 23, 2007

Blume - free pattern

A couple of posts ago I mentioned we had 39 women sign up for a free class sponsored by my doll club. This is the pattern I designed for the class – it’s soooo simple. Fits the Barbara Willis face stamps too. Go ahead and download it … if you make one I’d love to link to a photo of it!
My friend Kerry has already made one … her version is here.
Mary Ann also made one …
So did Sherrie and Susan.
Take a look at Jan’s wonderful little Poppy .
Update: March 2008 – I see lots of folks coming here and looking at Blume. If you download this for a challenge or project please leave me a comment – I love to hear what people do with my ideas. Thanks!

Fabric Art: Muse Doll Wall Hanging

March 21, 2007

I recently joined a group called FAT .. Fabric Art Traders .. I think I’ll fit in well there for a variety of reasons, LOL. One of the trades they were working on was a Fabric Art Muse. The pattern was designed by JoAnn Bradley. I thought I could get one done in time to trade but I missed the cutoff. Here she is anyway …

Muse 1

I used a tiger print doesuede for the outside of the quiltlet and a cotton for the lining. I free motion embroidered over the whole thing. I used a combination of straight lines (for when the ideas come easily) and loops and curves (for when they don’t).

Muse 3
She is for sale at my Etsyshop along with four of the mermaids.

A Women’s Affair: Doll club booth

March 18, 2007

Doll Club booth
This weekend my doll club had a booth at a trade show that was marketed towards women’s needs and interests. We had dolls for sale and lots just for display. The sales to each other were great but dismal to the public, LOL. BUT our goal was to generate interest in the dolls and I think we were successful in that. We offered a free class (to be held soon) and had 39 women sign up for it. Now we have to come up with the class, LOL. We thought up the idea on Friday as we were setting up and then brainstormed it today. I think we’re going to have them make a Bendi type doll and then wrap it with fibers. Use face stamps that they can color in. Something we can do in 4 hours and have a finished product. Three of us will teach and we’ll probably do two sessions. If we have 10 show up out of the 39 we’ll be happy. It was a good weekend!

This cloth mermaid’s a keeper!

March 15, 2007

A keeper
I checked the fishing regs and the bag limit on mermaids is one! So this one’s mine! Whoo hoo! She’s a beauty – an older mermaid who is stuck back in the, what .. 70’s? 80s? She’s a real kick, what with her pink hair and her forehead shell. (The mermaid version of body art.) I’ve got a nice little fish tank set up in my studio … as soon as the water gets up to temperature she’ll feel right at home!

Big hair!

I obviously gave up on the flat faces and went back to sculpted profile faces. I added sleeves too, I really like the look! This is the head I’ll use for the pattern; which is nearly written up. Just have to figure out how to describe the needle sculpting and make some diagrams.

Turning teeny tiny fingers (over and over and over)

March 14, 2007

Tiny hands

I have no idea why I wanted to do this .. it wasted a lot of my time today. I thought I’d make articulated fingers for the mermaid. I knew I shouldn’t have tried the material I’ve been making the mermaids out of because it’s kind of coarse and the arms were hard to turn when they were tubes. It was impossible with fingers. Then I tried some Kona cotton – which is supposed to be a good quality fabric. Nope – couldn’t turn them either – but did manage to blow through the side seams of the fingers. Finally I found a piece of Pimatex – this is really awesome fabric – smooth as a .. well, baby’s butt???? So I was able to turn them. BUT it wasn’t fun – my smallest turning tube barely fit and the rod just wasn’t small enough for them to work together. I tried using the eye end of a needle, that worked but what worked even better were my needle-nosed hemostats. These things are so pointy and sharp they usually poke holes in everything. But I was able to get them in the fingers, grab the end, and turn them. Okay – so now they are turned – what to wire them with? I used pipe cleaners but they barely fit – actually didn’t fit in one finger after your crimp the ends over. I might try this again – but with a knit – and I think I will make the fingers longer so they look more elegant. These are ugly hands. But hey – the fingers are barely half an inch!

Mutating mermaids multiply

March 12, 2007

Yeah, yeah, yeah .. it’s an awful alliteration. So sue me, ha ha. What’s the latest changes? I made the arms a bit skinnier and I made the face rounder. I like the rounder face but I’m not sure what happened to one of the arms. It’s really wrinkly. It’s stuffed pretty firm too. Maybe she needs long sleeves, ha ha. Isn’t that terrible!
Here’s a group shot – I think I might make one more. I don’t know – they are getting pretty addicting. I was asked if I was going to make this into a pattern. Maybe – we’ll see. I’m kind of afraid to after all the comments over on Doll Street about how some doll maker’s patterns are so unprofessional looking. I was thinking of going to the University and seeing if someone there could turn my hand drawn patterns into something nice looking. I’ve tried using the computer myself but I’m not very good at it. But that’s a worry for another week!

Group shot

Another change to the mermaid pattern

March 10, 2007

Mermaid - pattern changed
Oh my gosh, I’m pulling a Kai! I’m taking photos before the dreaded glue is dry, LOL. I thought about Jacque’s suggestion and I decided that the girls should hold seashells. I found a package of tiny shells at (sshhhh) Wal*Mart – just the perfect size for these little ones. I extended her tail one inch and it makes a big difference – I really like it. I also completely changed the arm pattern – I made them longer, turned them into tubes instead of mitts, and wired them. I think I like this pose better also.
These little faces are killing me though – I’m having a really hard time getting a nice face when it’s only an inch or so long. Hopefully someone will like them though. I do but then again they are all my babies. Oh – they can all hold business cards or name cards too. Here’s the group shot:

Mermaid school ?