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Topic: Nalbinding: Mini Ruby, my first completed doll  (Read 1905 times)
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« on: November 11, 2008 04:14:28 PM »

I love nalbinding, and I love even more to use nalbinding for sculpting. OK, I call it sculpting, it's actually mostly about making dolls and animals right now, but, well, I am only a beginner, and anyway, I am enjoying this a lot.

The simple doll pattern I used here gave me quite a headache. I have three unfinished versions made months ago, where I still struggle with the proportions. I modified the pattern a bit for this doll, which I made for the Roaming Gnome Swap... using a doll pattern that had never worked before... with the slowest technique there is avaiable... not ot mention the medieval garb she is wearing which I had totally set my mind on and had to redo completely after the first time... and so on...
The only reason I didn't go nuts was that I had to be nuts already to start this project at all Smiley Smiley But I finished it, and I sent only two days late. *cough*

This is Mini Ruby:


She is made from silk yarn, with Oslo stitches (F1 UO/UOO).
The clothes are early medieval, the same as mine. I don't have the funky gnome hat - at leat yet Smiley

Here are some progress pictures in reverse order:

Ruby with a guest gnome from the Roaming Gnome Swap:


I broke a needle!


Here a size reference and a view on her curves. My first attempts at nalbound boobs. A bit messy, and I cheated a bit, but working.


So if you're a nalbinder, and getting a bit tired of the usual hats and mittens and socks and stuff, you don't have to. With the most simple of stitches and a craftster spoiled mind, you can do anything.
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2008 05:56:21 PM »

That is so cool!!!  I've never heard of nalbinding, but I just looked it up online, and it sounds pretty awesome!  Anyway, your doll looks great  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2008 04:14:26 AM »

Ruby, your doll looks great! I admire your patience, I can imagine how much work it took to make her. But she's very cute. But how did you manage to break a needle? I thought naalbinding needles were quite sturdy...
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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2008 05:56:24 AM »

How to break a needle while nalbinding: Put your project on your sofa on a spot you are certain to place your hand on for getting up within the next five minutes... or just by being stupid and thinking you suddenly turned into a friend of gravity or something similar... er... Smiley
Actually, this was a pretty sturdy needle. I make them from all kinds of woods, and some are not very durable, but this was good one! Maple wood, with engravings! Well, I have lots of needles, and I can make a replacement quite fast, but to some needles you get attached to.
The nalbinding part took longer than the sewing part, but it wasn't the nalbinding part that ate most of my patience, because I had a very clear idea of what I was doing, which helped. The sewing part was way worse. Those needles are so small! They vanish the very second I let them out of sight! And sewing is not my favourite technique anyway.
As for the patience: It took me two weeks to make Mini Ruby completely, and I worked on other projects in this time too. So this was not a very long nalbinding project. That's an okay time for a complex project, I'd say.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2008 06:48:32 AM »

I know what you mean about needles, my pins have a tendency to vanish into thin air. The sewing you did, even though you hated it, looks lovely!
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2008 10:46:02 AM »

I have prefered crochet hooks so I know what you mean about getting fond of a tool. Could you e-6000 the tip back on? Or sand it so you could re-use?

I totally love her and think sculpting is the perfect word. She's 3-d so why not? I think I shall start saying I am sculpting with yarn when I make a crocheted stuffie of my own pattern. Smiley
GReat job!
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2011 01:51:58 AM »

Love the hair on miniruby! Well love the rest too. Very nice! ^^
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