Working with my two models to get some shots of my new knitted beanies. Many hours spent testing yarns and working out my patterns to get a good universal size. My younger daughter has a larger head, the hats are designed for an average adult head and will fit from approx. age 10 to 110. I have also been experimenting with acrylic mix yarns for softness, wearability and easy washing. I always used to be quite purist about my yarns, 100% natural fibre only, but these don’t always work best for hats, itchy heads and hand washing don’t suit everyone!
I’ve ignored my blog for a while!! not intentionally, I have just been so busy through January. So here is some of what I have done, lots of new designs and ideas on the work table with some older designs reinstated with a few little improvements. Above is a mini rainbow pony and mini molly dolly bear, below are some knitted pocket animals, I used to make these a couple of years ago and have waited for an opportunity to revise the pattern and add them to my shop.
Above is a lovely new Molly Dolly with a linen and Liberty tana lawn dress and little felt fox purse. Below are a couple of new yoyo baby dolls available here. And a lovely Molly Dolly mouse in knitted pants and vintage cotton top.
The white linen puppy and rainbow pony were just completed today and will be in my Etsy shop soon. I love adding just enough kitsch details, like flourescent bling, rainbow hair and cartoon like features to contrast nicely with the linen, hand stitching and vintage cloths. I’m also working up a lot of jewellery samples, some painted clay, some shrink plastic drawings and some leather and cloth wrist bands. The last couple of photos show me half way through sorting out my workspace, with Ikea shelves and boxes, still a lot to do but it’s looking better organised already! so I hope your new year has got off to a swinging start as well, I’ve got to get back to work now, see you soon.
At last I have finished my beautiful Queen of birds, Raphaella. I wanted her costume to be rich in detail but to have a travelling gypsy feel to it. Her muslin dress has coloured threads, vintage buttons and ribbon, flowers, pom poms and miniature vintage copper pots attached to it she also carries a basket of yarn, vintage silk shawl and bow with a tiny hand-made shrink plastic brooch. Her eyes are a beautiful pale green glass. I hand knitted her royal crown from my own pattern then decorated it with vintage buttons beads and a little bell.
I’ve been so busy making and then tidying this weekend I thought I should do a quick catch up on what’s been happening in my work room. Above is a felt bird mask accessory for my Molly Dollies, below is a baby yoyo doll, same size as Molly Dolly but with bendy knees and a body based on simple shapes, circular head, triangular body, features are influenced by vintage cartoons and Japanese pose dolls, also Kokeshi dolls (my mum has a fantastic collection she bought in Japan as a child in the early 1950’s, I took some photos and will post these later)
Next is my first creature Molly Dolly, a fabulous black cat in vintage silk top and hat and felt sequins shorts, another first is my Molly dolly brooch with denim blue hair then Miss Mouse a lovely soft Pink Molly Dolly with hand painted linen dress and pale blue stockings. Then a mermaid costume made from silk with hand knitted details and linen shells. Two more new Molly Dollies, Molly Butter whose outfit is inspired my 1930s 1940s Hollywood and Sugar May in a lovely vintage top and pants outfit. And more accessories, sun suit, vest & pants, hand knitted hats, sweater and cardigan
New girls in my shop today, Billy and her friend Sylvie.
I’m making more hoots and developing another new doll shape. I always like variety in my doll shapes as bodies and limbs convey as much character as the face, I imagine my characters moving around in their story world which would be a terribly dull place if everyone was the same shape and size. So the new girl in town is Billy Vanpinkle, she is a special little girl because she was born with a fairy tooth, sometimes when the woodland whispers are aligned in a certain way the fairies deliver a tooth to a baby instead of collecting teeth. This is what happened to Billy, she was born with one fairy tooth in her baby mouth, this means that Billy has always been able to hear the woodland whispers and knows all about the hooticorns and other woodland wonders.
Back to the sewing machine now. Happy mid-week meanderings to you all.
Thinking about spring and summer and what I would like to add to the shop alongside my dolls I got caught up going through old photos. My darling girl Rosie a couple of years back wearing a necklace and hair band made by me, I’ve felt a bit low this morning, when the kids aren’t here the reality of how precarious our situation is really hits hard but this photo has cheered me up no end, I look at this picture and know why I am pushing myself so hard. And on a lighter note some of my vegetables … where did I put my patterns for those!! and my knitted crown that I want to make up for the Jubilee this summer.
This is Arabella listed in my shop this weekend, she is the first of a series of standing dolls with painted clay heads and knitted bodies. More dolls to be completed in the coming weeks. Miss Arabella is all about pinks and pale yellows, ribbons and bonnets, a very girlie mouse but don’t be fooled Arabella has a formidable mind, the Miss Marple of the mouse world.