wow, wow, wow!!! I am so thrilled by the response to the pattern on Purl Bee- from now on she will be referred to as purl girl. This is totally inspiring me to do my own pattern. A couple of things about me- I get overwhelmed and so thinking about doing a pattern suddenly seems enormous with too many decisions to make. And, I get easily discouraged- if I make a pattern and it’s a flop, I probably won’t try again.
So- I thought it’d be fun to do a survey. What pattern should I try first. The choices are- tiny world, kitty, tiki pillow, or sweater baby.
all of these would be doable by someone with basic sewing skills- nothing fancy.
I feel like I’ve been bursting with this news since January! My doll pattern is up at Purl Bee- I am so excited!
This is the only photo I have of the finished dolls- I was in such a tizzy before I delivered them back in January. I remembered at the last minute and took a quick pic in the shop. I love how the people at Purl wrote up the directions- they are so clear with the photos and the explanation. I can’t wait to see what people do with the pattern!
I listed the last four girls in my Etsy shop. I had to retake some of the photos. We are in for a few stormy days so I set up in my studio to be… which I have gotten off course on. Got to get back on that.
One reason (excuse) for not moving the studio project ahead-
I took over the empty space for this project-
I said yes back in January (?) when Susan from Artstream asked me if I’d like to participate in a print show. I spent a good amount of time questioning that decision in the last few weeks. It was a challenge that I wanted to accept and succeed with- to change medium and keep the same feeling/style to my work. I think I will be able to really judge these in a year or so- right now is too soon. They will be going off to New Hampshire as soon as I’ve matted them up.
Here are all the rest of the pictures-
She has a cashmere hat and shawl. Her hair is angora- so soft!
A wool herringbone jacket with wool felt trim. Here she is with all her accessories-
I love the sweater- it is an old favorite one of mine that got holey. It is nice to be able to give it new life.
I struggled so much with this face. Every part of it was on and then off again at least 3 times. And, then when she is done and all dresses, I forget- it looks all right!
Instead of loading up this post with tons of photos, I thought I’d do 2 posts. I have finished another school girl and I am really happy with how she turned out.
I finally figured out how to make exactly the jacket I had in mind.
It has a brown felt fold-over collar and more felt trim at the cuffs.
In the back, there is a pleat-
It has raglan sleeves and so it fits well.
Her school bag-
this is the front view, open.Â The strap is adjustable with a little antique button. And the back-
I will post the rest tomorrow- this is just the tease!
I thought she was another nerdy girl when I was making her, but she looks just a little too well put together and confident. I know she will be an amazing librarian when she grows up!
She has a cashmere beret and very dark green scarf, a red wool plaid jacket and a herringbone skirt. Her sweater is a rusty orange. All very fall colors, I know. I guess I need to start thinking spring.
Here she is with all her stuff. I like photographing the dolls this way- it makes me think of paperdolls.
While I was working on her bookbag, I was imagining what books would be in it. If she were me as a girl, it would be The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Five Children and It, and anything else that had English children as main characters. My sister would have had Little Women, Black Beauty and anything else to do with horses.