This morning I reworked my new doll pattern. It turned out much better by leaving the legs separate from the body. Now my stuffing hole is back in the bottom, instead of the head. The canvas doll shown in the first photo didn’t make it through the stuffing process. Another case of seams being to close to the edge. Another doll scrapped. Bummer.
Two dolls using the new pattern
The Daisy doll on the other hand is turning out just right. I changed the leg shape, no more chicken legs! I sewed a seam for the shoulder joint since the arms are now connected to the body. It was a bit stiff before I made the joint in the shoulder.
New Daisy doll almost done!
I’m just about out of time for making stuff and blogging today. This evening, my band Sunlight is heading into the recording studio to start work on our second CD! I cannot wait to share these new songs, it’s going to be great! I’m grateful I get to live my dreams on a daily basis. If I can do it, anybody can. Never give up!
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New doll pattern cut out of linen canvas material
Today I was working on a new doll pattern. This exploration has given me the opportunity to share a piece of the artist’s life with my readers. Not everything comes out the way you hope it will. I have experienced disappointment before. I’m used to it. For those young (or young at art), beginning artists out there, you are not alone! Even seasoned artists have to face disappointment from time to time. All you can do is try, and try again.
I wanted to cut some of the steps in my pattern, so today I drew up a new pattern with the arms and legs connected from the beginning. My other pattern had to be sewn piece by piece with the arms and legs connected to the body after they were sewn and stuffed. I am not thrilled with the result. The legs kinda look like chicken drumsticks!
New pattern, sewn and turned, you can see the holes in the leg seam
One issue I hadn’t considered, is having to sew up the doll at the top of the head instead of at the bottom where the legs are connected. The head is rounded, which makes it really difficult to hand sew it shut. There is a reason the pattern was made the way it is.
The first doll I started today didn’t work out because I stitched the seams too close to the edge. I ended up with holes in the seam. The linen canvas I used was also a bit too stiff, hard to turn right side out after sewing. The red cotton fabric was easier to work with, but I still have the issue of sewing up the head. I may still be able to salvage that one, we shall see.
New pattern using the red cotton fabric, this one may still be salvageable.
Another problem I discovered was putting the body together from the beginning was not a good use of my fabric. I had to use a much bigger piece to get the whole body cut out. When the arms and legs are detached, I can use more scrap pieces and less fabric overall.
I learned my lesson today. Back to the drawing board for another idea. Next time, I think I will keep the arms connected to the body, but leave the legs detached so I can sew them to the flat bottom and then sew up the body from there.
Both unfinished dolls, with stuffing the legs look even more like a chicken drumstick! LOL!
I hope to have something more interesting to share with y’all on Thursday. Today? It’s a wash, I will chalk it up to a learning experience and move on.
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I worked on her for a few days, but she is finally done! My first Love doll made with my own custom art fabric. Daisy Sunshine was made using my Yellow Daisy fabric design.
She is just as I imagined her, I hope you love her too!
Daisy Sunshine Hippie Love Doll 🙂
My next creativity project will be another painting! I must admit, I’ve missed my daily painting sessions. I also need to make more dolls, they are much more popular than I thought they could be. I’m so grateful to all the people who have adopted my sweet babies! It’s time for some new fabric designs as well. I have so much work to do, I guess I’d better get to it! Have a fantastic rest of your day! Please subscribe to my blog up in the upper right corner. Thank you! 🙂
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She’s done! This morning it was really difficult to get anything done. First thing when I got to my studio, I saw the news that Prince had died and I’ve been a mess ever since! Between tears I struggled to get the hair sewn onto this doll. I have loved his music and the man since the early 80s. He was and still is one of my all time favorite musicians. He was funky, groovy, and just plain magical! RIP Prince, your music will live on forever.
Daisy Sunshine Hippie Girl with hand drawn eyes
Working on a new doll today. Using my custom art Daisy fabric. I’m also trying something a bit different with her face. Using fabric markers to draw her features. What do you think? My previous dolls had embroidered faces, but the fabric on this one left the center of the daisies in the perfect spot for eyes. I considered leaving them alone, after looking long and hard at her face I decided she needed eyes. Unfortunately, I had already sewn up her body which makes it more difficult to embroider the face. Solution? Use my fabric markers to draw her cute little face on! I’m calling her a hippie girl, so she will have rainbow yarn hair. She is going to be adorable when finished! Stay tuned for more pics of the finished doll in my Thursday Creativity post. 🙂
Daisy Sunshine Hippie Girl before face, kicking back on one of my heart pillows
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And just like that, I’m on to the next thing! This one has been on the back burner for literally years! No longer. I ordered more custom art fabric this morning and will be making a whole slew of Art Pillows. I call them art pillows because the fabric used to create the focal point of the design is printed with my own art work.
Just about any of my paintings can be turned into custom fabric. I look forward to a variety of different designs, using the art fabric and other fun fabrics and colors.
So far, I’ve made two pillows. The first one is made using my “Heart Love” design. Both pillows are available in my Etsy shop.
back of Heart Love Art Pillow, a nice soft suede upholstery sample
Side view of Heart Love Art Pillow
The second pillow was made using a variety of fabric scraps and an upholstery sample I had in my studio. In addition to my “Art Pillows” with the custom art fabric, I am making pillows using scraps and upcycled/recycled fabric samples and sewing notions.
Back of Polka Dot Patchwork Pillow
Side view of Polka Dot Patchwork Pillow
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The “girls”, though we are NOT gender biased here, they can also be long haired boys or transgender dolls.
My Etsy shop is now stocked with my new “Love” ragdolls. These cute little dolls have been so much fun to make, I must admit I hug them regularly! I have to! I named them “Love” dolls for a reason. They are given tons of love before they are sent out to their new mommies and daddies, where they will give love for years and years to come.
The “boys” and bald babies, like the “girls” there is no gender bias here, they can be whatever YOU want them to be.
They are made with multicolored fabrics and yarns to represent all the ethnicities of the world. Their bright colors are meant to make them happy, loving dolls. They all have a cute little smile on their faces and an embroidered heart on their chest.
I realized yesterday that I made my “love” dolls just in time for Valentine’s Day. What girl or lady wouldn’t want a cute, hugable Love doll from their Valentine? I would! 😉
I am also offering a custom, “memorial” doll. What exactly is a memorial doll you ask? A memorial doll is made in memory of a deceased loved one, using a piece of clothing that belonged to the loved one. It is an upcycled doll that will keep giving love long after a loved one is gone. The doll can be made with the same hair color and eye color as your loved one and will also have the person’s name embroidered within the heart on the chest. These are special order dolls, so contact me directly if you are interested and we can work out the logistics, ie sending me the item of clothing and determining custom elements for the doll.
I am also happy to make regular custom dolls with specific colors. These dolls are selling quick! Get yours while you can! Thank you! 🙂
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