A girl doll finished!

I know, about time! I started working on the girls last fall but put them away before any were finished because the shop had to be filled for the Holidays. Now finally, I have finished one. And this will be the only doll I finish in April- what a crazy month it has been!

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I wanted to make a dress-able doll so I made her body look like it was already in underwear and shoes. She has corduroy pants with straps, a Liberty fabric shirt, and a cashmere sweater. What a lucky girl!

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Her hair is made of mohair teddy bear fur. I love that fabric but whoa is it expensive.

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She is approximately 20 inches tall.

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some fabric printing and other news

I said in my last post that I got excited about the block printing. Yesterday, I cleared off my table and got to work-

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Of course I am jumping in to the middle of the story here because I wanted to put in a picture. The tale starts when I got back from California and thought, Oh what fun! I can go to the Art Store and spend a bunch of $$$ on some fabric inks… Hmmm. Then I remembered that way back in 2007, I did some fabric printing for an online swap. And, I was blogging then so I could go back and read the 2 posts about what I did- so helpful! It took me a lot of searching to find where I’d put all the various supplies. And, unfortunately I didn’t note some specific info that would have been helpful, like the proportions of fabric medium to pigment. But, onward.

I ironed my fabric to give myself a grid pattern to work on but I still managed to mess up the pattern. Whatever! I wish the lighter color of the flowers was more opaque but Whatever!

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There is no point in being a perfectionist on a project like this or I’d never even try. Here is the scarf/shawl, edges zig-zag finished and washed although obviously not ironed. You can see the back and the front.

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This was my inspiration for the flower block- from my walk along the beach in Ventura.

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I hope it doesn’t take me another 9 years to try it again.

And some other news- I will be teaching a Tiny World Pincushion class in Cambridge, MA on May 14 and 15 at Gather Here.

Are you on Periscope? I will be spending some time with Lilla Rogers on Tuesday afternoon- join us, it’ll be fun! I believe that Lilla saves all her casts to YouTube so hopefully I can post a link afterwards if you miss it.

Lastly, here is a beautiful video interview with Georgina Haynes from LAIKA who I had the pleasure of spending some time with last summer in Portland, OR. It gives me chills and heart tugs to see the puppets come to life.

puppy and kittens

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I have been saving this kitty fabric for a long time. I knew I would find the perfect use eventually.

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She is made from a printed knit. That was a thing for a while, right? I have a selection of them in my stash. This one is a brown on brown floral knit but you can’t really see the pattern now that it is all cut out and resewed into something new. I love that.

Happy dog!

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orange girl dog

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Yes, she really is quite orange/red!

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She has also got a cashmere skirt.

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I haven’t been putting any of these pups into my Etsy shop yet because I am going to LA next week and will be pulling all the dolls out of my shop since I won’t be around to ship them. If you see one that you are interested in, send me an email- mimik@pobox.com- and I will send you all the details. Also, if you have some great LA advise, I’d love to hear it!