A Merman should come after the fish, I am absolutely sure. I am still working through a pile of men that are sewed and stuffed, prepared before Christmas. Little by little, they all come to life.
I made his beard from a quilting batik fabric.
This toile- ships and florals.
These fine fish fellows will get into my etsy shop sometime this weekend. If you want to make your own, here is a link to my pattern.
It is like a little vacation to make some quick and easy fish after the girl dolls.
I played around with adding details and some variegated thread.
Angora tail ♥
Here she is, the last of the bunch.
She has amazing mohair hair. I’m not sure when I acquired the mohair but it was a long time ago. It was in a bag full of possible doll hair fibers, up in the attic. As I sorted through the choices, it was obvious that I’d already used it for hair once before- now I was curious! I went back through all my photos. And back, and back, and back. Right to the very beginning of when I had a digital camera. Here! That is 2001 and some of my first dolls. (And my daughter.) That was before I was blogging, before Flickr, before Facebook and all the rest.
Anyway, I used the mohair again and then went back to the fabric hair that I used for the rest of this group of dolls. I haven’t figured out a way to use the yarn fibers in a way that I am 100% satisfied with. I like her hair but I’m not sure who is in control here!
I made her a kitty in a bag.
Here she is in her underwear,with all her things.
I love these colors. They make me think of forest and Autumn.
It was sooooo cold when I went out to take her photos- my hands were numb by the time I finished! She definitely needed her hat and scarf.
I gave her shoes a little extra fancy-
I had so much fun putting these fabrics together!
The hair on her head is wool ribbing, the braids are wool roving.
Here she is, keeping me company in my studio.
I am having so much fun dressing these girls. This awesome girl has a side-buttoning skirt made from scraps from a shirt I made a few years ago. Her shirt is a Liberty lawn and her cardigan is made from a repurposed thrifted sweater.
Her hair made from a wool knit (another repurposed thrifted sweater).
And silk ribbons for a little fancy.
I saw this pale pink fabric with castles and birds and I knew I needed to make this girl to wear it.
Here is a close-up of her hair in back.
This girl has got it all together and she is off to do her thing. Which happens to maybe? involve a sketch book and pencil that is in her backpack.
A little bit closer-
Here she is with her things- I took her shirt off so you can see the top part of her “underwear”.
The shirt buttons up the front but it can be hard to see.
These little girls are my most labor-intensive dolls. January is a good time to get back to them, when all the Holiday madness is finished and the cold weather keeps me in the house. This first little one has a lovely double-gauze dress with Heather Ross illustration- Unicorns! ♥
Her sweater is a soft angora blend.Her hair is cashmere knit.
The bottom section is sweater ribbing.
She is 19″ tall (48cm). Her body is all wool. This is how the girls look before dressing- they have sewed on underwear, socks,and shoes.