New Doll Group and Working with Wire

I have become a member of a new Yahoo! group called Decidedly Different Dolls. It is a small but growing group open to all lovers of offbeat art dolls. There is talk of swaps, challenges and ideas and support galore. I have known the host and her assistant for almost a year now and if you join I think you will find it to be a lively informative group.

A current thread of conversation is making a doll using mainly wire. There are so many different ways of working with wire and so many kinds of wire to work with. I have had a fair amount of experience crocheting and sewing with fairly thin wire. It can be put in a needle and sewed through fabric or crocheted just like you would use yarn or thread. In this photo the piece has legs that are crocheted from a thin wire I got at a beading store. I believe the size was 27 or 28. Prior to crocheting, I beaded the wire and pulled up a bead about every seven stitches. If you click on the photo you can get a larger image and get a better look at her legs.

You might think that it would be hard to work with or have a feel that would be unpleasant to have in your hand, but I didn't find that to be true. It was quite pleasant to the touch and made for a very interesting fabric. I'm wondering, what are your experiences with wire? How have you used it in your creations? What worked, what didn't? I'd love to know.


Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh no. Seeing this means that I have another thing to put on my to-do list to learn about!! The doll is absolutely stunning, btw.

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

oo, great blog Susan!

I got your note you left but can't seem to pass along the link to you directly in a comment.. can you contact me at MLMagness@aol.com and I'll GLADLY send you the answer to your question..

so funt o cross paths with you!


yvonne said...

Love the doll. I've never worked with wire, but thought it might be fun to work with. I'm in the challenge, so I will think of something. I don't crochet either, but like I said I will think of something. LOL

J said...

I wouldn't have guessed that the legs were crocheted wire. They are very cool. I tried crocheting wire last night. I need a smaller needle I think.

Threads of Inspiration said...

Jeanne, You do need a small needle and you need pretty small wire in order for it to bend easily. It does have an interesting texture and feel when it is done. Susan