An Introduction...

Welcome to my new blogspot...and to start, a little about my journey here...

I have a background in costume design and I have been making dolls for many years. My recent creations have been cloth dolls inspired by antique dolls and my family history (another of my favourite pastimes). I also love creating anything with fabric and I'm enjoying experimenting with different styles and designing unique items.

In this blog I will share doll info, tips and tricks that I have learnt over the years and also pics and even a few patterns, so please check back often to see what's new....

Friday, 21 December 2012

Another doll based on the fabulous pattern by Maureen Mills of Sweetmeadows Farm. I love this design though the body shape is all she has in common with the original pattern and every one I make turns out differently!

I only ever make up enough body paint for one or two dolls at a time as I'm enjoying experimenting with different strengths and shades of paint. This then alters the way I paint the features and as I don't use a face pattern they are always going to be a little different from each other.

So once the face is painted this then governs the hairstyle. I really love this very curly wool, though it's not the easiest to manage! I have a bit of an aversion to using glue on these dolls so I tend to needlefelt the hair in place. The drawback to this is that it can be ripped out, though only if you pull hard!

Once the hair is done, it's just a question of making something suitable to dress her in. I always go for a simply designed outfit as she's not the type for lots of fuss and ruffles!

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