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« on: March 19, 2009 05:11:32 AM »

I have made an Elphba for my sister, she is fully constructed except for her face, I'm not really sure how to do it, my last doll looked fine until I stuck some eyes on her and she went from cute to creepy in two swift seconds!



Does anyone have any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2009 05:22:23 AM »

what kind of eyes did you add that made her creepy looking?  Did you try some button eyes?  Most buttons make critters look cute - for the most part - granted if you use a big red button and a smaller black button stacked on top of each other and some bright yellow thread to sew them on to her - then yeah, I can see her looking mighty creepy all of a sudden..  Cheesy

Some people use felt although I'm personally not a fan of any felt trims at all - never liked the look so I don't do them.

You can also crochet some small circles for eyes (it's too late for safety eyes but you know that already I'm sure)   

Also if you add embroidered features that is a great way to go too - it is really going to have to be a personal preference to be honest with you.
Play around with it and see what you like the best.
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2009 07:55:49 AM »


 I may be way off on this, but does she need a face?

 I know what you mean, any time I tried to put a face on something like that it was creepy.

 Years ago I made Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls (from a pattern) and ended up using liquid embroidery for the faces.  putting it on with pencil first.

  If you use anything, I think the button idea is best.

 Even if it's just eyes.  Like the idea of a face (eyes) and leave the rest subtle?
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2009 08:50:58 AM »

I personally would avoid sew on wiggle eyes in my opinion they are old school and creepy at the same time. Scary stuff.
You can't really do safety eyes as stated above as you've all ready assembled the head and stuffed.
I agree with above buttons seem to be the way to go. I'd ignore the mouth if possible and just add eyes and a nose if you were planning to make her a nose.
I personally like layering buttons and felt to give a slightly more real look but that's jsut me.
You can use felt and make it look nice it's all about cutting it nice and even and making sure they are the same. Not easy but it can be done!

You can also embroider but if you've never done it before I HIGHLY recomend making a little crochet swatch and practicing till you've got it down. Embroidery is easy to mess up if you've never done it and it does stretch crochet stitches so practice on something other than the doll first.
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2009 09:09:49 AM »

A) she's a witch... would creepy be a bad thing?
B) maybe try embroidery because it is slow.  if you didn't like where it was going, you could change things.

ETA:  oops just read the above.  well, probably so did you, so no problem.
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2009 06:47:34 PM »

eek, i'm no good at faces myself! but i second the person above that suggested you embroider something. simple would be best i think. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2009 04:30:33 AM »

I do the eyes only bit a lot.  Sometimes simple is best. 
I hope you post what you come up with!
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2009 03:12:32 PM »

You could try embroidering some simple black dot eyes, with a small white stitch in each of them to create highlights.
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2009 09:08:37 AM »

As far as eyes, try putting them closer together than you would think. It tends to instantly "cutesy up" the look of the face.
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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2009 12:33:53 PM »

I made a bunny recently and embroidered eyes on it and it also went instantly from cute to creepy. (But i liked it Lol!!)

Anyway, small round, black eyes usually work for ami and do look cute. Since you've already sewed it up, have you tried making Yarn knot eyes? Here's a tutorial which shows you how to add eyes to an already finished toy:

http://esunbeams.com/knittycat/patterns/knittycatsYarnKnotEyesforPeepsTutorial.pdf

Hope it works out!  Grin
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