9.6.09

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.

5 comments:

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!

xoxo

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