The green woven background fabric makes for camouflage for the birds. I love playing with the colors and patterns, some pop and some blend. Always interesting. This lady argued with me about her first dress and I had to remove most of the design!
That’s the ladies for now. Next up, owls.
In case you haven’t noticed, I am trying out designs that I’ve used on my swaddled babies on these new big ladies. It is interesting to see which designs work and which have not worked at all (you won’t be seeing those!). I love the folk art-y designs and they seem to be highly adaptable.
Here is a detail of her hat-
And a close-up of the applique and embroidery.
I have to say, every time I sit one of these ladies into a chair, their little feet make me laugh.
I’m not sure why I am struggling so much with these ladies. The seam ripper has been getting a good workout. It is probably just because it has been so long since I’ve worked with this design. I was just about to cut everything off of this one but then I changed her collar and Voila! I was happy with her!
I have been meaning to get back to making big ladies (that link is from 2006!) for a long while but something else always seems to be ahead in line. Finallythey are back on the worktable after some pattern tweeking. But then this lady/mermaid needed to get made and she pushed ahead!
I will definitely be playing with this idea again- I love her! After her though, I’ve got some regular ladies that I am working on. The last time I really made any was around 2010 so yes, it’s been a while. I don’t know why I stopped after making these lovelies.
Remember this lady? She was one of my favorite dolls of last year. Around Christmas time, I cut out all the pieces for this new lady, stuffed her, pinned on the birds and started doing the applique. Then, I put her aside. And there she lay for these last months. Finally, last weekend, with a vow to finish up some of the many partially finished dolls that I seem to be stockpiling, I got back to work on her.
The funny thing is that I would never have chosen these colors to work with at this time of year. She is most certainly a winter palette.
And this is what is on the work table now-
Hmm, which ones are boys and which ones are girls?
I love this one.
I redid the face. I should know by now that if I wonder if it is right, it isn’t. The only question is, what to do to fix it. Face-ectomy.
I like her little shoes too.
The red bird fabric and the russet hair fabric are ones that I over-dyed. I always enjoy using them- the uneven color (I am NOT an expert at dyeing!) adds interest for me.
Do you know what a penny rug is? That is what I was thinking about- piles of cut-out wool pieces, stitched together and onto a backing. I know this is nothing like a penny rug- it is just what was on my mind!
Looks like the rain is going to end tomorrow. Yes!
Are you thinking, now wait a minute! I thought you were working on swaddled babies?! Well, yes I am. And I also had/have 3 ladies, waiting in doll limbo since before Christmas. When I started in on the babies, I pulled them onto the desk too. And now look who showed up!
Don’t worry though, tomorrow- another swaddled baby to show.