Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday pattern review

This just came across my desk. It's another of Linda Walsh's lovely Colonial dolls. This one is a partner, indeed a twin, to Peter, that I talked about last week. She's 16" tall, a cloth doll with an embroidered face and a pretty costume.

Linda has designed a doll that is simple to make, even for cloth doll beginners. The face is embroidered, so those who love to use their needle will be happy! You could also paint the face, if that's your preference.

The pattern has complete, full sized pattern pieces, with detailed illustrated instructions. Linda also creates wonderful stories for each of her characters.

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So get out those pretty prints and start sewing! Here's where you'll find the pattern.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Let's hear it for the boy!


In the doll making world, the guys are under appreciated. First off, there are fewer male doll artists. Those who do create dolls are excellent. Then there are fewer male characters produced. I can tell you from experience and comparing notes with my peers, that the male dolls don't sell as well. Even when part of a pair. I can't explain it really. Less glamour than their female counter parts?

Here's a new cloth doll pattern by Linda Walsh. Linda's patterns always come with a complete story for each doll. Peter here is no exception. Dressed in Colonial style with those big brown eyes, who could resist this guy? You can read his full story on Doll Street Dreamers.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sleeve for an e-reader

My daughter has an e-reader. Perfect for her trip to Europe. I'm amazed how many apps it has, beyond books!

Anyway, I made a sleeve to protect it from the rough life inside a back pack while touring Europe. I let her choose from some of my quilting cottons and she chose the map print, as a perfect companion for books and travel. She also chose a batik print for the lining. 

Back at the studio, and over to my sewing machine. I used a heavy Pellon for the stiffening. The kind you use to back fabric bowls and boxes. I fused the lining to it with wonder under. And trimmed it, leaving a seam all round the edges. Then I folded it with the lining inside and seamed the side and bottom. 

At this point, I realisesd I should have sewn the tab on while it was flat.  I made the tab with a lighter Pellon inside, turned it and added half of the magnetic fastener. You could also use a button to close it, but the magnets are neat.  This I now stitched onto the Pellon. I also glued the lining seam to one side, so it wouldn't roll when I put the cover layer on. A glue stick did the trick. 

I wrapped the outer fabric and checked the fit before trimming it, leaving a seam all round. I joined the side and bottom, them slipped this over the inner layer.  The other half of the magnet fastener was attached, then I folded under the top edge. I chose to reveal a small amount of the lining fabric, to give the top edge a little jazz. Top stitched it and it was done!  

It didn't take long at all and she loved it! Theses simple crafts can be so satisfying. Don't you find?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Easter is coming - are you ready?

If you have little ones around, or even if you don't, this project is full of the joys of spring. Here is an online class from Kat Lees, an incredibly talented teacher and doll maker. She's even got Photoshop skills, which I am envious of! Her lessons are always beautifully presented with fabulous graphics and images.

Class has just started over at Doll Street Dreamers, so you can still join in. There's a paper mache way to make the Easter Rabbit's candy carriage. The rabbit himself is cloth, with easy needle sculpting  and lovely costuming anyone can do.

So hop on over to Doll Street and get ready for Easter and out long awaited Spring!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Pattern review- Calliope


I just got this pattern in my inbox, from Paula McGee. I thought I'd do a review today. First, it's a cloth doll pattern, which makes a doll about 18" tall seated and 28" tall standing.  Her name is Calliope, which is dreamy! The pattern is well written, with both illustrations and photos. Paula's signature face is what gives the doll such fabulous appeal.

There are patterns for the doll and her costume. There's even a template for drawing the face. Along with the photos, even novice doll makers will be able to produce a lovely face for their doll.

The whimsical costume and pink hair top off the doll. I just love the boots! Those are inspirational. Hey, I bet in another color way, it would look positively Steampunk!  I digress! Do try this pattern. you won't be disappointed. 

Available at Doll  Street Dreamers. Order the pattern right here.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tuesday humor

Everyday, we all should laugh. It makes you feel good. It makes others feel good. Did you ever try just smiling for a full minute, for no good reason? I guarantee, it will elevate your mood. Even if it's a bad mood, it will be a bit better for smiling through it.

So many songs have been written about laughing though tears; smile, though your heart is breaking, etc.  How about a few about the fun of laughter?  Can't think of too many just now.  Maybe you can. Let me know!

I've heard compliants about jokes people share on Facebook. Sure, it might get to be too much at times, but you have to admit, a smile or a laugh is far better to skim over than misery, complaint or dismal news. 

So, here's my laugh for today. I especially like the funny hat. Here's to funny hats!

Friday, February 28, 2014


It's so great when you find something on sale! Judy has offered us a 15% discount on this class until the end of this weekend! In this class, apart from making a lovely mermaid, you will learn Judy's secrets for making beautiful faces and elegant hands. There's also beading, costume illusions and so much more! Register right here!

Who can resist the siren call of the mermaid? The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria (according to Wikipedia), in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans. I liek the last part the best!

How about you? Ready to flex your creative fins and create a mermaid?