I was on Craftster for a couple of years before discovering my love of making dolls. I usually do Poppets, but have been trying to expand in the past year into other kinds. Originally I wanted to post a Poppet for this challenge but I they all have their own posts. I don't know how I missed posting this little gal but she definitely deserves a post of her own. She was a huge challenge for me, with no pattern and in a style so different from my usual stuff.
I joined the Junker Jane Style Doll Swap this past December. Our awesome organizers LeslieHappyHeart and Susanab picked Junker Jane as our theme. My inspirational partner was Noodle-bug. From her questionnaire my doll was influenced by: "I love how junker jane's dolls have really thoughtful and interesting expressions," a love of books, book characters, of vintagey and washed out colors, and elephants (among other things).
Noodle-bug has named the little Writer Doll Likhanā, which is the Hindi word for write. You can read more about her here, where Noodle-bug has done an excellent job photographing and explaining my swap package. I think her pics came out way better.
I've never entered a challenge before, so thanks for stopping to look! Aloha, ~Su
Here she is with her pet elephant and writer's satchel:
I made her a little pleather-bound book and an envelope full of quills to keep in her satchel. There's also a bottle for ink in there somewhere and a jar of whimsies for inspiration:
I made these a while back for the last poppet swap and my partner and I decided to throw in a couple of Cupcakes for the kids. I thought it would be easy, not having to make legs. The tail ironically was the hardest part. Thanks for looking, hope you like them!
This was one of three that I made for the Dotee Swap #13, gallery here:
I've never made a Dotee before. I usually make Poppets and have made a few Cupcakes, so the hardest parts for me was going small, and simplifying. I kept wanting to make something more 3D vs. 2D, with multiple parts.
She is made of felt. The green section is machine sewn and the brown section is hand stitched with silk hand-spun thread, in blanket stitch. There are glass beads and sequins sewn on the top, with a green ribbon hanger and more beads for a tail. My partners fav. colors were red, black, white & shades of green. Her face was done first in pencil, colored in with prismacolor pencils, then the black lines put back in with a black ultra-thin Sharpie.
Here is what she looked like before adding the wool "hair", where you can see her face a little better.
I finished. I love her. I didn't want to send her away, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. She was for the Mini Poppet Swap 3.
Presenting Briar Rose, aka Sleeping Beauty. She is an actual poppet, with tail, but sans ears and completely no needle sculpting... anywhere. The jointing is weak, but like a salt shaker if you stand her up exactly right she will stand up! Her hair is wool locks in a pale blond with some darker blonde highlights. Each lock is needle felted into her head. Her eyes are hand-painted in dark metallic blue and metallic rust orange with ice blue streaks. I used large eyes and made her eyelids low for that sleepy look.
She wears a removable headband (wired inside to keep form) with a tiny flower and a gibbous inspired dressing gown. The gown is tied at her arms and waist with deep purple satin ribbon. I put in godets in velvet and satin, and also used pieces of lace. Here is the back of her dress:
The vines are rattail in a shiny moss color which is hand-couched. Each rose is hand stitched of four different red fabrics: cotton, satin, rayon and velvet. There are a few ribbons stitched in below each rose bud for a leafy effect. Side detail:
At various spots I machine quilted, sometimes in silver, and added a sprinkle of beads too:
She carries her spindle loaded with some undyed wool roving that I spun up..
Very limited shopping resources here on this island, and I often shop online. This time apparently the pony stamp was needed urgently. According to my 4yo. And so, for my very first carving attempt, here is a pony (as in My Little).
Left to right: stamp pad, half a white eraser carved pony stamp, image on paper. And below: image on child's arm.
Introducing poppet #5, made special for my Plethora of Poppets Swap partner, Squire_Inaria. My partner's themes included masquerade ball and celestial, so I merged the two and came up with Celestine in a Celestial Masquerade Ball Gown. Swap gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=378951.40;
Just a bit image heavy....
And some little details... Dress detail, with lace, star sequins, moon and stars charms:
You can visit my blog for more details - hoping to post details after this week because I'm mired in finals. I was able to blog a bit on her hair details. Let me know if there's something else you'd like me to elaborate on.
Long ago and far away, my second poppet lost steam and then got put on the back burner in favor of some poppet swaps. After #3: Poppet in Blue here and here, and #4 Calypso poppet #2 tried to make a come back with some funky white dreads. Geez, I can't believe that was September! Some time between now and then (over winter break is my guess) I swapped the dreads for something more durable because the girls decided they would keep her and name her Violet, in honor of the last color of the rainbow and decidedly more pretty a name than "Purple".
So here she is, Violet!
sitting with Pink/Kat:
Wearing some old baby socks the kids dug up:
And just to show you the different colors and thicknesses of her locks:
Hi all! This little gal sailed across the ocean to live with Averyg. It all started with the Poppet Mini Swap 2. Averyg made Alice in Wonderland for me after I received the Mad Hatter. She really liked the poppet I made and said it reminded her of a cross between Esmerelda and Pirates of the Carribbean. Taking those cues, I did some online research and based her loosely on Calypso, the witch. When all was done, she needed company on her travels, so I sent a little monkey friend along with her.
This is technically my 3rd poppet, as the 2nd one is just waiting for hair/eyes/clothes and a future home . Thank you ghilie for the original pattern and the ongoing addiction!
This poppet was created for SunflowerSmiles, for The Poppet Mini Swap Round 2. This was going on the themes of fantasy and blue, and trying to incorporate feathers along the way.
Quick details: she is a boobie poppet, with torso taken from the Eleanor pattern, and the rest of her are the original poppet pattern. Her top is from a thrift store tie tied with ribbon which is threaded thru home-made wire "eyes", her skirt is layered black tulle and blue sheer curtain, topped with peacock feathers. I used 2 yarns and put in a braid, beads and feathers. Her hair is a removable crochet-based wig. Eyes are hand painted with 4 colors of nail polish. I love her bald and nekkid, but I just couldn't let her go out without some kind of outfit, which needed a wig to match, haha!
I was crafting 1-2 days a week while going to school and work part time, and managing our little household with my one year old and 3 year old. I'd never made a doll before but always wanted to.
The only thing I bought was buttons for jointing and some beautiful clear acrylic faceted beads that have a opaque center that looked great for eyes. The fabric is a pink receiving blanket that we never used. The stuffing was from a pillow that had frayed to death and was spilling out. The thread and floss were lying around the house. The yarn for her dress and hair was left over from a baby blanket project that never got off the ground. I crocheted a cap and hooked the hair on, leaving the ends as uncut loops.
I liked how she looked without sculpting, so no sculpted toes or fingers. Sewing on the eyes also sculpted her face a little, giving more shape to her cheeks. I also lined her ears with pipecleaner like her tail, so I could position them.
Things I learned:
Turning the tail is HARD! Next time I'll sew the curve of the tip, turn, iron and then ladder stitch it.
Hair: I needed to add another row just above the "hairline" because I could see the cap after I combed her bangs down. I can see how everyone ends up with pretty thick hair. I like the cap method because the hair is evenly distributed.
Jointing: I put the arms a bit low so it's a bit hard to dress her and she looks weird when her arms are straight out. Also, the daughters immediately took a liking to her, and are a bit rough. With handling, the jointing is loosening up, so next time I'll pull it a tad bit tighter than I want to accommodate that.
Stuffing: with play her neck is compacting and getting weak, so next time stuff more!
So here she is, being dry-fitted:
and jointed. My husband thinks she looks like a hairless cat at this point:
and with hair:
close up, back of hair:
with eyes on:
Her hair is beautiful down, but it was getting tangled while playing with my daughter so we pulled it back. She hasn't told us her name yet, so we're taking suggestions. Thanks for looking!