Friday, October 30, 2009

TIKVAH

Please meet TIKVAH, an 18" cloth doll with inset eyes and a lovely smile.
TIKVAH got her name because she reminds me of a dear old friend I left behind in Israel, whose name is Tikvah.
'Tikvah' is a Hebrew word meaning 'hope," and a very pretty name. This new doll is my hope for inspiration. Now that the doll is completed, I've begun writing the pattern. I hope to release it in a couple of weeks.

PROFILE

PROFILE CLOSE UP

Tikvah's face is needle sculpted with inset eyes made of polymer clay. A tutorial for this technique can be found here.
The surface of her skin is hardened with a mixture of gel medium and soft modeling paste, gesso, and a layer of paint. Go here to learn more about this technique.
Hard to believe this is a true cloth doll!

She is built on a wire armature and stands alone. Her costume is intricitely embellished and has layers of different textures to draw attention.


I think Tikvah's smile is extremely charming. Don't you?
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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Boop boop be Doop


I couldn't resist buying this vintage pattern on Etsy today. I'm not so crazy about Betty's skimpy attire but I am extremely curious to find out how the doll's body pattern comes out. And that head~ this I gotta see.
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Monday, October 12, 2009

EMBEADERED dress

My dress skirt is just about done. I used seed beads and employed a technique I like to call "Embeadery." Basically it's embroidery with beads, and it really adds a nice touch to doll clothes. It is definitely time consuming but a great way to spend your valuable time whilst relaxing in front of the TV ;-)



"EMBEADERY"



DETAILING around the edge of the skirt


There is actually a great book available with tons of stitches from everything to mandalas to fern, ivy and flowers- all beads on fabric. It's one of my absolute favorites.
I love this book because it gives you step-by-step instructions on how to do all the stitches, and it's really easy to choose a few stitches and incorporate them on your dolls. The name of the book is EMBEADERY by Margaret Ball. Click the picture to see more details about the book. I really like this book and highly recommend it if you want to get some great ideas. The book is a bit more expensive than your average soft covered craft book, but it is twice the size and just SO well worth it. I absolutely ADORE this book.

Another fabulous book is Creative Cloth Doll Beading by Patti Culea.

Patti shows you some great ideas and there is a gallery of dolls with embeadered dollies. She shows you examples of fairies and mermaids that don't have too much clothing necessarily, but the bodies are decorated with beads and bits of fabric. For example, mermaid tails and the like. There are even some dolls whose faces are created with beads alone.

Both these books are sure to inspire you if you want to try beading on your dolls.
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Monday, October 05, 2009

Flower skirt


Can you guess what this is?
It is part of my new doll pattern.
I won't keep you in suspense.... it is part of the skirt of the doll's dress. I am going to add a picot of beads on the bottom scallops, and then sew it up, gahter the top, and add it to the bodice. My idea is that it will poof out like an upside-down flower. Do you think it will work? I can't bead as quickly as I would like, but I will try to move a little faster now that I actually know what I am going to do!
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