little witch girl

Another very hard to photograph girl- I’m going to have to learn more about under and overexposure on my camera. She has a dark purple body and a black cashmere pinafore. The pinafore has an embroidered sash. The camera wants to blend it all together. I did my best to show the colors and detail.

The sweater had moth holes and I decided to use them instead of avoid them in the pinafore.

Embroidery on a ribbon sash-

She has a skirt made from my favorite angora/wool blend. It is so soft and yet has body that makes it hold it’s shape. Cashmere can be floppy and stretchy. Yes, and talking of stretchy cashmere, yesterday I thought I was all finished here but… after I went to bed last night, I was thinking about her pinafore and decided it need to be lined. It was too “relaxed”-  not staying in shape the way I’d like. Today, I added a wool felt lining to the bodice and sewed it on with buttonhole stitch all the way around the edge. It is one of those things that doesn’t really show and only I care. But it felt so satisfying when it was finished and everything seemed to fit so much better.

and her shoes-

I will be putting the fish, the Moonbeam girls and this one on Etsy, probably tomorrow afternoon. I have put away any more girls for now- they are just giving me too much trouble! I am working on lady pillows and babies- sewing them up and then I will do the decorative work. I am hoping that I’ll be doing some traveling in the next few months and it would be nice to have some dolls all ready to take along and do the handwork on.

Yesterday was the April crafty meet-up. There were 9 of us there- the biggest group yet! It was loads of fun. Look what Sharon made for Crystal!  Next meet-up- May 12.

12 thoughts on “little witch girl

  1. The embroidery detail is beautiful, as are the ribbon ties, and her shoes. The girls are wonderful!

  2. So lovely! We have been watching and enjoying the film “Kiki’s Delivery Service” at our house, and this girl looks like she would be a very good friend to Kiki! Does your witch have a familiar?

  3. If I could only come to Boston and learn more from you though I am very much inspired by your dolls.

  4. Your girls are both Fantastic !
    WOW graduation already how time flies. Have a wonderful time in Minn. Lovely city ! Hope you can find many interesting places of interest. The Mall of America is interesting and huge ! But know you’ll probably be looking for new sources for your sewing interest. Have fun and Congrats to your son on Graduation. Wish I could help you out there, but didn’t get to do much city searching when I have been there. Family took up most of our time when visiting.

  5. These girls are amazing as well! I love the details on the collar and overskirt edge.

    I don’t think you have an exposure problem, it’s the white balance. I’ve started using this thing called a BaLens (you can google it and find them lots of places). It’s really helped in getting the colors correct on my pictures in all kinds of light.

  6. She’s beautiful. The colors and textures you’ve chosen for this doll are very complimentary to a witch-y gal. The moth hole in her pinafore is a charming imperfection.

  7. Love, love the dark girls!

    Camera tip: see if your camera has a setting where you can choose “center metering” — this is what I have to do with mine whenever the doll is significantly darker (or lighter) than the background.

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