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31  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Handmade felt fairy doll on: July 05, 2005 03:28:03 PM
Thank you everyone for the amazing response! It's so nice to be able to share these things with people who appreciate what goes into completing a project like this  Grin

She is BEAUTIFUL! So detailed too...Did you start with raw wool or sheets of felt (can you do that?) or both? I've been felting for awhile and never quite gotten details like you have in the hands. Great work!!

I used regular craft felt that you can buy at hobby stores/ Michael's/ Wal-Mart. The hands were executed with a pair of very sharp scissors, much lip-biting and occassional "strong" words! I didn't sew around the edges specifically for the reason that  was afraid the shape would be distorted. Next time I will glue thin wire in between the two layers so that her fingers can be "posed".

thats absolutely gorgeous. you could definately sell those for bundles of money.

 Smiley The hours of work that go into something like this would dictate it would *have* to be bunches of money. Sadly, I don't think many people would be willing to pay what it's worth, except for serious collector's. Even though it is a small scale creation, the amount of supplies needed is quite substantial too. I estimate she cost around $150 to make, excluding labour.

WOW.....you have true talent!!!!  I went to your crafty journal and read the stipulations in order to view the pattern, but it still would not allow me to???
Keep up the good work - it is awesome!

Thank you! I didn't password protect the pattern or anything like that, so you should be able to click on the thumbnail image or the link that is in my craft journal post, and that will take you to the full size image. I was just there and I was able to access it (note: modblog has bee up and down for the past 5 days - maybe this is why you had a problem?). Email me if you're still haveing issues and I will send it to you that way [aiarnata (at) gmail (dot) com]

Shocked
That's just amazing! I love the detail!
And the problem is, you make it look so easy in the 'tutorial'... I want to give it a try knowing I won't get THAT far!

Give it a shot - it really isn't as difficult as it looks. You need:
1. Patience to hand stitch things and fight with rhinestones
2. Access to glittery things and pieces of pretty fabric so that you can play with design elements
and
3. Someone to massage your neck and back from sitting hunched over for too long!  Cheesy

Felt is _very_ forgiving - if you stuff it gently with little bits at a time and support the piece you are stuffing with your other hand, you can control the shape and fullness of the parts very nicely. It's cheap too, so you can mess up the base with no fear.

If anybody decides to give it a shot, I would love to see the results!

32  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Handmade felt fairy doll on: June 28, 2005 07:28:04 AM
A very good friend of mine celebrated her birthday on Sunday and I wanted to make her something really special. Via a rather circuitous inspiration process, I came up with the idea for a fairy doll based on her personality and appearance. Meet Flelph:

http://jupiter.walagata.com/w/thisisnotablog/flelph_front.jpg

She is 18" tall and made from felt. I developed the pattern and costume myself and had a fabulous time playing with beads and trim and wire, oh my! I constructed a support stand for the doll - can't let those pretty little legs get all bent and misshapen! - as well as a velvet-lined display box.

As is usually the case, I got totally carried away and before I knew it there was a tiara (for my friend to wear) and a fairytake storybook to go along with the doll, both also in their own display box.

It took me a month of solid work in every spare moment I had and I absolutely enjoyed every single second of it. Birthdays are my favourite excuse to craft Grin

(There are a lot more pictures hosted at my crafting journal for anyone who is interested.)
33  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Dead Can Dance pic for my honey on: June 03, 2005 02:14:39 PM
*gasp*

No, I've changed my mind: *GASP!*  Shocked

That is beautiful! It looks amazing. And I am tres le jealous that you are going to see DCD!
34  CANADA / Alberta / Re: calgary, anyone? on: June 03, 2005 02:10:59 PM
there's still fabricland. i get most of my stuff there and i know people that ALWAYS shop @ walmart for their fabric // if you look hard enough (i got my littl epony fabric there..........)

Me + Fabricland = dangerous. There's something about that store that makes me MENTAL o_O  I've started looking for independents, but they are few and far between. I shop at Wally World a lot for novelty fabrics, but with my Ant Hill gone the selection & variety of what's available has decreased drastically. WW just isn't where I go when I want to buy my silks...

</whining>

You don't even want to know what its like in this town for people who weave. Holy crap. When I want fibre, I have to drive out to freakin' Okatoks.

You have my sympathy  Undecided Want to make a road trip to Vancouver to pick up supplies?  Cheesy
35  CANADA / Alberta / Re: calgary, anyone? on: June 02, 2005 09:32:08 AM
On a somewhat related note: when Ant Hill Fabrics closed, a little piece of me died.

Now that all the Fanny's Fabrics are closing too, I am filled with a sense of dread as to what the future in Calgary is going to be like for people who sew  Huh
36  CANADA / Alberta / Re: Calgary - LILAC FESTIVAL booths? on: June 02, 2005 09:29:30 AM
GAH!! Calgary... don't get me started  Angry

I'm sorry to hear about your disappointing experience, but it's useful information for others of us - eg. me - who were thinking of participating. Now I know *definitely* not to waste my time next year!
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