Sunday, December 07, 2008

This is the Fairy mother...all cloth with wired ribbon for head wrap and wired ribbon collar.

Close-up of face. I did a crazy patch of the black coordinated fabrics and cut her from that. I never know what face I'm going to get when I paint...I like this one.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

More faries..this is the teal fairy.....

Another teal and black fairy....

Here they all are so far with a baby added...she hasn't developed her wings yet lol....

Sunday, November 30, 2008

More Faries, I made the forest fairy last night and then went right on into the Christmas fairy and started another one but looked at the clock lol. Here is the Christmas fairy #1. She is 9 inches tall with her toes pointed and 8 inches tall with her feet turned up. Her head is one of my painted wooden beads. She is totally wired to pose. On her head she has a bee-hive out of wool yarn, but that will change lol. I had to cover the wire loop.

Here is the Forest Fairy #1. She is the same dimentions as above. Her head is all cloth, painted with fabric paint. She is a soft wire, so she is limited in the posing department....I like my faries or dolls a bit on the solid side. I do like the skinny ones but I always tend to fatten them up a bit. This pattern is still in the testing stages. I am working on the third test now and will post her tomorrow or tonight.

I also like to put all sorts of fabic to gether to create one of a kind.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Still haven't lost the craze to make dolls. Here is a cute Flower Fairy I made on Thanksgiving day. I always do what I want on holidays, that's why I cook the day before lol.

Here is the back view.

Side view. I made her dress and underwear out of my painted fabric. Then I took a silk rose apart and glued the petals on her dress. I used the bigger leaves for her wings. Then I put glitter on the petals, shoes and wings. The face is painted with acrylic. The arms and legs are wired.
This doll is 33 inches tall and is made out of cotten canvas, she is going to get painted. She is called the Penny doll, a pattern by Claire Pruitt. Body by Fisher lol. I enjoyed making her. I still have to sculpt her face etc. Here she is sitting. Isn't she grand?

Another view of her back side, notice the high heels lol.

Another view of the front, I prefer bigger boobs lol.

Remember this little Pumpking Spirit Doll that I made for a group challenge? Well she won a 25.00 gift certificate which was promptly spent on more doll patterns.
I am catching up on my posts. Like three days worth lol. Here is another doll challenge from my other doll group. I belong to four. They are great fun and great inspiration. The pattern was given to us and we did whatever we wanted with it. Here is a front view. She is a small doll. I gave her fancy eyelash yarn for hair, purple felt shoes.

Here is a back view.

The craze is still going on is a cute couple that I made for my group challenge. I make the cat out of muslin and then painted on some hair. I painted two wood beads for her eyes, made her a red heart, jumpsuit and a green collar, tied fancy ribblon around her hands and feet. The face is slightly sculpted.

The mouse is an old McCalls pattern, very articulated. She is made out of mole suede and craft velour and her tail and arms are wired. I didn't want to hide that cute body, so I made her a pinafore. She is whispering a secret to the cat...probably where the cheese is.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I have started on some Christmas stuff and finally finished this tall folk art Santa. I had the coat made years ago, tiny log cabin blocks sewed together for the coat. The Santa is a stump doll

For some reason the flash on the camera made the cheeks blotchy, they are not. Here is my guy in his gown and icelantic wool yarn hair. His face and hands are made out of craft velor and he is 22 ins. tall.

His body is made out of a sample of home decorating fabric which I love to work with. Here is a front view with his coat on.

Here is a back view with his hood on.

I still have to make his crazy quilt toy bag. which will be empty lol.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I have named the doll, "Jubal"(aka NY). The doll is my version of an antique cloth doll, called the New York doll. She is 30 inches tall with a hand painted face and black velvet yarn looped hair (hand sewed). She is dressed in civil war repo fabric. Her shoes are made out of hand painted fabric and her socks are made out of knit. She holds a calico cat. She is sporting hand made jewelry, especially made for her lol. Her clothes are removable.

She is wearing pantaloons and a half slip. Every inch of her is hand made.

The necklace is made out of green glass beads (sand blasted with color) and her ring is a yellow green stone with a copper wire band.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Here is the N Y doll all done and dressed, with her calico cat. This will be a short post. I need to decide if she needs a bonnet. I know she needs a ring on those long fingers.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Another doll on the finish. This is a repo of the New York doll. She is considered an antique, I think. Just google New York doll and you can see what the orginal looks like. I have painted her face instead of embroidery. I kept the shape of the eyes and nose and the mouth to some degree and prettied her up a bit. I did keep her serious expression to some degree also. I also did her hair in velvet yarn loops instead of embroidery.

Here she is with her shoes and socks. I make the shoes out of some of my painted fabric and the socks out of some old T-shirt scraps that I saved from my last t-shirt quilt.

Here is is in her underwear.

And here is what she looked like before she got all rouged up and half dressed lol.

And here is her final stage of underwear. Slip and her cat. Tomorrow, the dress.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Here she is all painted up and wheeeeeeee......oh my, what a lot of work.

A close up of face. No name yet and I need to make some accessories and a stand but not to worry. I will take my time.

I am going to rest now and make a simple doll lol.

Monday, September 29, 2008

This is the doll I have been working on. Doll all stuffed with her pieces parts.

Then I collaged her with my painted fabrics. Doll front.

This is the back.

Ahhhhhhh, at last. 90% done. My art doll. Well , that's what I call her for now. I had some choice words while I was designing her but that is for another time lol. She is 38 inches tall and she got started with me cutting out what I thought was a head. I sewed it up and stuffed it and liked it. I sketched a pen and ink face for now. I haven't done anything else with the head. The body has consumed me lol. Her body has language, don't you know? she is saying, let dance.

Here is a close up of the body. First I made an armature and then I totally covered and stuffed her. Then I collaged her with my painted fabrics.

Close-up of the back of left arm. I did her entire body in DecoAmerican products. Fashion Beadz, Fashion Beadz Writer, Craft Twinkles, Craft Twinkles Writer. Glamour Dust.

Back of lower legs. I did beadz all around her ankles and just played with the rest.
I made patches of jewelry and had to wait 24 hours for those to dry, then I adhered them to different parts of her with glue.

Back view of her butt, it's nicer than mine lol....I continued to turn her on different sides and just did my thing...she has lot of jewelry patches.

Close of top back.

Full vies of legs back.

Right side view.

And the feet.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pumpkin Patch Spirit

I joined a Fall Pumpkin Doll challenge in a group I belong to on Yahoo. I had such fun making this cute doll. Her head is shaped like a pumpkin and her body like a pear. Instead of making her head orange, I decided to use one of my painted art fabrics to make the entire doll.

After I put her together, I made her a tie on -skirt and tie- on sleeves, this way I can change her attire if I want to. I then painted leaves and vines down her head legs and arms. I added glitter to her eyes and hot shots paint to her cheeks. I used glitter writers to make extra vines and to add more glitz.

I have her sprawled here so you can see her entire body ,while she is drying.

Here is a close-up of her face.

Here is a close-up of her arms.

All products I used were from the DecoAmericana Paint line.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

There will two post today to make up for lack of ? lol. Here is our dinning room that hubby has been working on for a month now. He is doing a floor in the mosiac style out of Travatine stone.

He has done such a beautiful job.
Anytime I look at it I just keep looking at it.

I love it!
This is my idea of a doll. Nice big, substantial body to hold lol. I don't have a name for her yet. I will wait until I paint her and see what character she comes up with. I do love the smaller dolls too. I just haven't seen a nice big one lately.

I wanted a nice round head, so I have been drafting dolls heads in muslin and then sewing them together and stuffing them for the last two days now. I made 5 doll heads lol. Well when I got to this head, I liked it good enough and I decided on the body. The size of the body is measured by the size of the head, so this doll should be about 7 times the lenght of the head. Well it's not going to happen. The head is 5 1/2 inches so the body should be between 38 to 40 inches tall. She looks good at 31 1/2 inches tall, nice.

I really had to jury rig around with this doll as the head was already stuffed and far be it for me to unstuff anything. I did up the body, attached the stuffed legs and arms. Stuffed the body. Then I made a square breast plate? out of muslin and batting, cut a hole in the middle, whipped stitched the head in. Then I ripped open the top part of the body and inserted the head and whipped that into place. Then I sewed down the breast plate firmly. The breast plate came out nice, considering I did it freehand. When I sewed up the sides, it made a nice covering sleeve over the arms.

I will tape her up today and gesso her entire head, forearms and forelegs (is that the correct way to say it?) Well the bottom half of her arms and legs. I have used a brown gell pen to sketch in her features to get a sense of what I want. I like huge eyes.

I will dress her in civil war fabrics and will try not to make her smile too much so she can remain in that catagory of old time dolls. Even though she is new and clean and not a tear on her lol.

Here she is in all her glory. I love her little tummy, oh she has a nice bottom too. I haven't decided if I'm going to paint her shoes on or make them out of suede......

Monday, September 08, 2008

I have been having fun making and drafting dolls. Here is my latest..she is the napking doll by Judi Ward. Here she is naked. lol

She's sorta skinny, big feet and omg, the ears. Oh well I got her together and this was the first pass, no shoes yet.

I hated her head, her face and her ears, so I lopped off her head and her ears hahahahahhaaha.

I painted her face first on a piece of cotten.

I then redid her head without ears. I had made a little wig, so thank goodness I didn't have to redo hair. I made her shoes. I fused two pieces of each pattern piece together with the pelon stuff. I then sew the shoes and used a large knitting, sewing- up needle to make the holes to lace up the shoes with yarn. I made her a tote bag. Her cheeks came out fat, but that's ok. I like this model better.

Here is another view with a purple ribbon.