Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Floral Follies

What a fabulous weekend!  Doll makers from across USA gathered.  New friendships were formed.  The gals at Piecemaker's  in Costa Mesa, CA put on a wonderful workshop with Barbara Willis, Elinor Peace Bailey, Betts Vidal and Patti Culea - dollmakers and Gloria McKinnon - ribbon embroidery expert.  Sally Lampey was also scheduled, however, unable to attend due to an accident.  Di and Donna of Piecemaker's took her place and did a wonderful job of instructing.  Daily we were served lunch that was amazing!  Yum! 

These are my dolls.
Still some to a lot of work to do on them.  There is only so much that can be done in 3 1/2 hours.  We were given the basic materials and how to assemble them.  Picked up some new techniques from each.  
Gloria's doll is missing from this group because Gloria gave us so much detail work to do before our project can become a doll.  I have done ribbon embroidery before and this is a reminder that it can be used for dolls.  It can be small enough to be doll scale and adds so much charm.  However, it does take more time than just adding  on ribbons and bows!  
For all of the other dolls, the detail work is done after she is made into a doll. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A New Find

In my wanderings on the internet I found a new source for doll skin fabric. 

Cherrywood Fabrics
Hand Dyed Suede Look Fabric
P.O. Box 486, Brainerd, MN 56401
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Cherrywood fabrics have a very close weave and yet are not stiff.  They have a nice selection of skin colors.  Lots of other colors too! 

The photo below shows the weave of the fabric, however, the weaver is not actually obvious on the doll.  The fabric takes watercolor pencil without bleeding so it is easier to color the face.     
I will definitely order more of this fabric.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Gold Pixling

As a gift for entering the 2014 Hoffman Challenge I received a fat square of black and gold print.  For January Dolls with Arty Attitudes challenge I made this little pixie - fairy dressed head to toe in gold. 
She has doe suede skin and yarn hair. 
Beads for eyes with eyelids and lashes. 
Gold wings left over from a prior project
The gold boots didn't fit and ripped out when I tried to force them on!