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1  A couple of dolls in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by NorthLight36 on: June 25, 2011 06:16:10 AM
I felt like showing a couple more of the dolls I make.

Bastet (who calls her self Bas for short and is only called Bastet when she's in trouble) is the dark skinned, dark haired little cat-girl. She has some skill at picking pockets, she tells me, but wants to grow up to be a famous swordswoman and hero like her uncle is.

Flame is my red-haired, blue-eyed desert princess. She's mute, I'm told, but likes horses and cats and dreams of one day being a proud, respected queen like her mother - if she can ever stop making mistakes and getting into trouble for her wild ways.

Bas was my first cloth doll and Flame is number eight, made only last week. I like seeing the two of them together because it shows me how much I've improved over the last year.

Both dolls are made of craft velour (cocoa coloured for Bas and honey for Flame) and are adapted from a pattern by Judi Ward. Bas has jointed arms, while Flame has jointed arms and a jointed neck that's my own design.

Both dolls are completely hand sewn and have wool roving for hair. Bas' hair however is sewn onto her head while Flame's hair and eyebrows are my second attempt at needle felting. Flame also has real eyelashes. Both dolls have hand painted faces, sealed with clear nail polish to make them water proof.

I hope you all like Bas and Flame as much as I do. Feedback and discussion are hugely welcomed.
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2  Re: I need help with doll clothes in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by NorthLight36 on: June 14, 2011 07:15:43 AM
This gives instructions for a very easy and pretty shirt that can also be adapted to make a dress or skirt. http://dorriebelle.tripod.com/id30.html I love it.

I used the above link to sew the little girl's white shirt.
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3  My newest doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by NorthLight36 on: May 30, 2011 08:12:40 AM
This is Aries. Isn't he adorable? He might be my sixth doll made, but he also marks a first for me. I've never tried needle felting hair before making him! I love the result though.

His face is needle sculpted and hand painted. His shorts are made from my favourite pair of jeans after they finally wore out and his t-shirt is made from second hand baby clothes that were cut down and resized. His shoes are real baby shoes.

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4  Re: Sewing Eyes in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by NorthLight36 on: December 18, 2010 06:11:05 PM
Another option is painting the eyes on. Paint, then a coat of clear nailpolish is safe and will hold up pretty well. If you wanted to be doubly safe in regards to washing, a quick spray of water-proofing spray (the sort you get from shoe stores to protect shoes) works great. Smells a bit at first, but the smell vanishes after 24 hours.

These two dolls have painted faces if you want to see what it looks like.
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5  Gift Doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by NorthLight36 on: December 17, 2010 06:21:26 AM
Just wanted to show off the doll I made for a friend of mine - based on her character in a role playing game.

This is Zira. He's a little bit shy, so he never quite makes eye contact with you. But he's very loving to his friends and is always willing to be a shoulder to cry on or to give some helpful bit of wisdom.

He's almost completely hand made (his boots and pants are store brought), with a painted face. I made him out of craft velour and (possibly because I'm insane) I made him entirely via hand sewing.

He's my fourth ever cloth doll, made from a altered Judi Ward pattern and I admit, I'd half like to keep him forever and ever. Still his new owner is looking forward to his arrival.

Hope you all like him too.
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