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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fairy Houses on: December 16, 2011 10:19:37 PM
Hi!  I sometimes post in the discussions and questions board, but I never post my completed dolls.  Mostly that's because I don't take pictures of them because they're gifts and I'm finishing them at the last second Wink  But I'm a member of a doll club and we take classes from many artists.  Leslie Molen is coming in March, which I'm really excited about.

Here are two fairies and houses that I finished recently.  The house is modified from a Julie McCullough pattern, and the doll is an original design.





I hope to post here more with the Christmas gifts I'm making. 
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: doll crafting quesiton on: December 16, 2011 08:00:44 PM
Yeah, this isn't the busiest board, so I don't check very often.  I do like to help when I can, though.

I also love suede for my dolls.  I also have some fleshtone craft velour I use to make human figures, and if I'm making dolls for kids, I use fleece or interlock knits.  Examples in my blog in my sig.
3  UNITED STATES / Indiana / Re: Indianapolis Craft Stores on: November 25, 2011 06:45:26 AM
I love Mass Ave Knit Shop listed above.  The Heirloom Classic bead store is near it, too. 

Crimson Tate is a fabric store on Mass Ave, there's the French Seam fabric on 86th between Castleton and Keystone,  and the Knit Stop is two shops down from it.  If you go there, then you might as well drive a little farther to Quilts Plus in Nora. 

And Quilt Quarters on N. Michigan Rd... 

Broadripple Knits, and Bead Angels in Broad Ripple...  Oh man I shop too much.  Sorry, I never noticed any embroidery patterns, though.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing plushies - help w/ ear & head darts on: August 16, 2011 07:09:17 PM
Very helpful ~ thank you! I think it's just figuring out the size of the head gussets...is that just trial and error or is there a method to it? Love the 3 piece heads - haven't seen those before (I'm just getting into making plushies - as you can probably tell lol!).

Sorry, I'm not much help there.  I usually use a pattern someone else has drawn.  When I try my own, it's with A LOT of trial and error!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing plushies - help w/ ear & head darts on: August 13, 2011 09:56:43 AM
If you don't want a bunch of visible seams, you could find a pattern for a plushie that is similar to what you want and modify it. 

Or, find a round object that is the shape you want, it doesn't have to be the right size.  Take muslin or a paper towel and wrap the object.  Make folds where you think the darts should go, and mark them.  Use that as your pattern, you can enlarge or shrink it by copying or scanning it.

Most human-ish heads I've made have three pieces.  Two for the front half of the face, with the seam running down the center making bumps for the eyes, nose and mouth.  The third is the back of the head.  Like this http://www.utes-trolls.com/pumkin.htm

Animal heads usually have a center gusset to make a snout, like this one http://fc07.deviantart.com/fs16/f/2007/184/2/f/free_teddy_bear_pattern_by_sengster.jpg

Hope that helps, and doesn't repeat anything you already know.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: teddy bear joint alternative on: August 13, 2011 08:33:27 AM
It's really easy, here's a quick video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roSr5tHIMeQ
7  UNITED STATES / Indiana / Indy Cloth Dollmakers at WAMM Fest (Greenwood) on: August 08, 2011 04:26:22 PM
The Indy Cloth Dollmakers will have a booth at the Wine, Art, Music, and Microbrew Festival
in Greenwood, Indiana on Saturday, August 20th.

http://www.wammfest.com/



We will be one of about 50 artists, mostly local.  If you are interested in seeing our dolls, please stop by! 

The entire festival is a charitable fundraiser, so there is an admission fee of $10, but all the proceeds go to local charities.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Horse pattern? (sewn) on: March 06, 2011 11:12:33 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310087791173+

Is this kind of what you're looking for?  Maybe you could alter it a bit.
9  UNITED STATES / Indiana / Re: Class preference on: February 05, 2011 05:46:07 PM
I've only taken classes in classrooms, not in the middle of a store.  But when I'm shopping and a class is going on in the open (like at the Knit Stop), I think I am distracting the people in the class.

Either way, how exciting to have an independent craft store in town!  I'll be stopping by!  Oh, and if you're interested in having an art doll class, I can ask the members of the Indy Cloth Dollmakers if anyone wants to teach.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I make an afro hairstyle for my cloth dolls? on: February 01, 2011 12:52:12 PM
When I've needle felted hair, it catches to the fabric, not the stuffing inside.  That's why it's not the most permanent solution.  Hopefully you like the results and definitely post pics!
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