Hi artsy friends.
I don’t know about you, but I get restless with just making the same kind of art. I’ve enjoyed making art dolls and picked up a few new patterns recently and started with this doll, Cecily. I purchased the pdf pattern from the NLH Designs Etsy shop.
Cecily is a steampunk dragonfly art doll, about 16 inches tall. She is a fairly simple doll, with minimal joints. The instructions are easy to follow and she is pretty quick to sew up. The stuffing takes a long time and I have to admit that I over-stuffed her a bit and popped a couple of seams in the process, including her filtrum. Poor thing. The nose is needlesculpted.
I followed my own face style for painting the face, using Prisma pencils, gel pens, Pitt pens. I didn’t seal her face because, well, I popped the seam. Didn’t seem to be much point, really.
I used faux fur for her hair, that was cut in sections and sewn directly on her head. I made the dragonfly wings, following the instructions but haven’t assembled and attached them yet.
Even with her flaws, I think she’s pretty cute.
I am enjoying this process, but I need to plan ahead when I make the next one. The sewing and stuffing is rather tough on my hands. I’m going to have to spread the work out over several weekends: cut and sew several heads and bodies; stuff on another weekend; paint faces; assemble dolls; make outfits; make accessories.
I see a box full of soft, art doll body parts in my future.
Once my hands recover and I finish Cecily, I’ll post the final photos.