23.4.09

New Doll










I was looking at some blogs the other day and saw some posts that had works in progress and just from looking at them I learned a lot. So, I thought I would post my latest WIP. This doll was started over two years ago (cringe) and she is slowly telling me what she needs. This is the first time I tried putting imagery on the skirt section (I've been calling it skirt-scaping). First I traced the body on fabric and machine appliqued the green grass fabric and tree trunks on it, then sewed, stuffed and closed it.

I always embroider the face on another piece of fabric and applique it on to the head. Here you can see the face in progress. I used variegated thread for most of the face, something I've never done before. I'm not sure about the way it turned out, I may go into it with more solid colors to even it out a bit. The idea was for the face to be the sun shining down on the field.

The embroidery on the skirt was done after the piece was stuffed. The tree leaves are detached buttonhole stitches, a form of stumpwork and the sheep are french knots.

The bodice is made with continuous rows of blanket stitch and the sleeves are crocheted. I am testing out twisted cord as a finish for the bodice neck and waist.

I know I have further to go, but I don't think it will take another two years. I'll post it when it is finished!

5 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

She's beautiful! I would never have thought of putting a scene on her skirt! Love her.
Cheers
MA

JohnL said...

I have seen this doll in person and it is wonderful

Melissa Haren said...

I LOVE that skirt! How original!

Lauren said...

Oh my! What great work you do!!
Very beautiful!!

Elizabeth said...

this is looking lovely! i'd love to see her all done!