This is a very rough mock-up of a new doll I am designing, I am hoping to have her printed in a kit form, I will offer some ready-made and some with instructions to make your own doll. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time but my stumbling block is how to get them printed and at a reasonable price. My original artwork is on A3 paper and I have no idea how to scan or size this for computer upload or if these could be affordably screen printed. So that is my task at the moment. The picture above shows a hand painted version which I made to check the features were sitting nicely once the doll is sewn up and stuffed, when I make my bespoke cloth dolls I embroider the features on after the doll is stuffed and I can see the shape, making the flat drawing work in 3D is surprisingly difficult, there were a few strange looking creatures before this face!
I have worked on lots of new dolls this week and am introducing my newest young women, Miss Mouse dolls. They are smaller than my Molly dolly’s, larger than the little Oshi’s and fall somewhere between as far as play or display go! The Molly Dolly is a special doll for a child, nursery decor or for the adult collector, little Oshi’s are decorative and can hang on the wall like the larger Sazzy dolls that are display only. Miss Mouse dolls were designed as beautiful home decor showcasing my huge collection of beautiful vintage fabrics and their clothes are removable so gentle play is possible. They are between 14″ and 16″ tall, they are sitting dolls with gently shaped arms and legs,linen bodies and wool hair. They have hand knitted and hand-made clay bead details. The fabrics are beautiful quality silks and fine wools also some vintage Liberty of London pieces. Dolls available here.
Today a little Dachshund called Gus has arrived in my shop, he is made from black linen, wool felt and velveteen. Finished off with a dashing red leather collar and cool plastic bead necklace.
Above and below are images of my last show before Christmas (Colston Hall Bristol), I made some super cute pom pom animals and machine embroidered standing dolls, similar dolls will be available in my shop in the new year. This is my first experience of the Christmas season, last year I was only just up and running so wasn’t involved in so many shows and pop up shops. It has been a huge learning curve, I finished work at about 6pm on Christmas eve, decorated the tree, filled stockings and crawled into bed exhausted. Christmas morning I had the first signs of impending illness, headache and sore throat, I dosed myself with vitamins and medication and made it through the next few days. The children had a lovely time and whilst they spent a couple of days at their dads I lay in bed watching back to back episodes of sons of anarchy! I’m feeling a lot better now and managed to squeeze a birthday in there as well!
Below are some images of my work table this morning because even when I’m not working I’m working!! developing some new designs for 2013. Small dolls made from lightly tea stained jersey and experimenting with hand drawn faces in the next photo (fox)
These little hanging dolls below have hand drawn pencil faces and wool hair.
The large doll below with dark velveteen hair is a new design I am developing for 2013, she is the same size as the molly Dolly with long skinny jointed limbs and a shaped body for sitting.
Below a closer look at the new large doll with embroidered features and beaded felt bear ears.
A last look at 2012, this is me working into the night preparing for Christmas. Lots of love and best wishes to you all for 2013!! less rain and more sunshine please x
Tabitha is my modern interpretation of a 1970s childhood where little house on the prairie and Holly Hobby dolls were firm favourites. She has a linen dress with vintage collar and felt apple and strawberry accessories. Her hair is also styled exactly how my mum did my hair circa 1978, braided and pinned on top. Or just braided as you can see below, my brother and I on my grandparents farm in Indiana.
Bessie is based on some very old illustrations in a story book dating from the early 1900s. Her dress is based on the outfits worn in these pictures. And below is Harriet in her wollen winter wonderland outfit, my first Molly Dolly with bent knees.
We got through half term, although the children and I were all ill and one or two children have been at home for the last week so it doesn’t really feel like term has started yet. I have carried on working between trips to the doctors and administering medicine and today I have finally had a few hours of child free working time so I feel far less stressed and far more focused on what needs to be done pre-Christmas (too much!! so I’ll need to devise a plan whilst the children are away)
Despite the stress of the last couple of weeks I feel excited with the new designs I have completed, first a selection of Christmas wreaths or wall hangings that are subtly seasonal using wire, cloth and felt they look lovely hanging on my walls. Inspiration as always has come from childhood memories, my mum has a wonderful collection of Christmas decorations including some little felt animals she made, I always loved these magical miniature creatures and unwrapping them each year to decorate the tree is one of my favourite memories. So far bears, birds and horses, with patterns for a camel, lama, swan, elephant and donkey waiting to take shape. Above are some terrier decorations and dala horses and below are the christmas wreaths or woodland wall hangings.
I have also been working on a selection of lovely softie pillows and a new doll design!! the Sazzy doll named after my favourite childhood rag doll sewn by my mum is a long tall display doll, she will come in two sizes and can hang on the wall or sit. Her limbs are long and un-stuffed to emphasise her elegant proportions. With these dolls I wanted to concentrate on beautiful textiles, colour and texture, they have merino wool hair, chunky knit tops and skirts and dresses made from silks, linen and cotton from my huge collection of vintage fabric. The very last photo shows a fox scarf that I am also working on.