Hi ho friends.
As mentioned in the last post, I wanted to make a cloth doll. I flipped through my copy of Jan Horrox’ “Making Fantasy Cloth Dolls,” book recently and dug into my fabric stash to make the elfin fairy doll, sans wings.
Overall impression. I enjoyed making this doll. The pattern and instructions are very clear and easy to follow. Most of the work was easy enough, except turning the fingers. I had all the tools except the tiny turners for the fingers, but I made it work…eventually. It took the Purple Thang, a chop stick, and probably about 30 minutes of pushing and prodding to turn the hands.
The face. This face is lightly needle sculpted. The mermaid doll pattern has additional needle-sculpting along the bridge. I will make make the mermaid next. Oddly enough, I’m following the directions and projects in the book in sequence. Wacky!
Overall, I’m happy with her face. I didn’t quite get the sculpting I wanted for the end of her nose. I’m sure it will just take a little practice to shift the stuffing around while needle sculpting.
For her face, I used Prisma pencils, black XS Pitt Pen, Big Brush Pitt Pens, and white Posca pen.
General impression of the project. The finished doll is about 18″ tall. She sits nicely. I stuffed her arms and legs a bit too firmly so they don’t bend very much. However, I’m pretty happy with this gal. I like her costume and jewelry (strategically placed to hide her wrist joints).
I think the dolls in this book are a good start for someone who has not made cloth art doll previously. If you are already an artsy/craftsy person, you will probably have most of the supplies on hand.
I’m looking forward to making the other three dolls in the book.