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Cloth dolls 16 Feb 2014 16:11 #1

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As cloth dolls are made very differently than rag dolls they get their own thread.

My first cloth doll is now almost finished. Her hair still needs a good cut and she wears no shoes yet. In the original pattern some ribbons are wrapped around her legs like ballerina shoes. I still ponder whether to go with that or not.

She is the beginner's doll, with a flat face and simple mitten hands. My next doll will have a sculpted face and one more separate finger before I turn towards the complex 5 finger pattern.
Making these dolls is really a lot of fun and I have so many ideas for my next dolls. More ideas than space, actually, since they are very tall. With my new sewing machine it was so much fun to work on her.
Of course there will be a doll of Giselda one day too. Can't start any craft without my little wingling buddy!

I will have to make up my own patterns though since it's forbidden to sell dolls made from the books I own and I definitely want to keep that option open for myself. But that's okay since I want to make male dolls too and so far I haven't seen any patterns for those in any book!

Some more details about the doll:
Her body is made from some sort of fake suede and her legs and skin are cotton. The limbs are fastened with upholstering thread and buttons to the torso, the head is sewn on. The clothes are sewn on too and I used various fabrics for them.
The doll is flexible in the knees (I forgot to do the same to the arms, so they are stiff) and there is wire in the fingers so the hands can bend and keep a pose.
For the face I used watercolour pencils, white acrylic paint and black textile paint.
Last Edit: 16 Feb 2014 16:16 by Eph.
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