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« on: January 05, 2010 07:36:21 AM »

Amelia (named for the news article on her fabric hat about Ms Earhart) is my very first prim doll.  I made up the pattern as I went along.  My only plan was that I wanted her to have a round head.


She is full of flaws - but that is part of her prim charm.  I must work on my face painting. Note: face seams and botchy paint not as obvious in person.  Flash is not kind.

Her body is sewn from a plain muslin, gessoed and aged with antiquing gel, acrylic paints and coffee. Her skirt, hat, ruffle, and bunting were aged with fabric medium and antiquing gel.  She is jointed with vintage buttons.
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010 09:23:36 AM »

She's beautiful! I really like how antique she looks. Her stripey dress is perfect for her.
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2010 10:08:32 AM »

She's wonderful! I'm so happy you decided to step into prims! I love her face and that fabric is just perfect for her outfit!
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2010 02:04:36 PM »

She's lovely.  Is she also poseable?  Nice work.
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2010 04:08:49 PM »

I love making prim dolls!  Yours is absolutely perfect.  You are right, imperfections are what gives primitives their charm.  You did a marvelous job!!
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2010 04:14:46 PM »

Thank you everyone.  I can't wait to start on another one.

She's lovely.  Is she also poseable?  Nice work.

Her arms and legs are button-jointed, so she can move those limbs.  She does not have a wire armature, so she is not fully poseable.
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2010 05:06:54 PM »

she's beautiful. i love the details on her face. nice job for your first prim doll.
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2010 08:54:10 AM »

i'm hitting 'this rocks'- she's absolutely beautiful!
forgive a noob question, though Tongue what does prim/primitive mean? i assume she's suppose to look rather old-fashioned, but is there a pattern or rules/guidelines to follow? Amelia is just so completely 'my style', i'm inspired to try and make my own, since i've recently (finally) gotten a few (successful!) handsewn toy projects under my belt  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2010 10:09:02 AM »

TY Smiley

"Prim" or "Primitive" refers to a very wide section of dollmaking.
The dolls are typically not complex in design (no needle-sculpting, etc).  Pieces are made to look aged or worn, and results are often quirky. 
Body is usually made of some kind of muslin.
Classic prims are more "country" in design (think Raggedy Anne).  I am not a country kinda gal Tongue
You CAN buy patterns for prims, but I think the fun of it is making your own.
Prims are often flat. I stuck with flat for the body, but made a sphere for the head.
If you search google images for "prim dolls", you will see quite an eclectic variety, from cute to downright scary LOL

There are no rules to prim making really.  I can't wait to see what you create! I already have plans for my next gal.
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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2010 11:36:25 AM »

She is beautiful and the Face is wonderful- the flaws only make her more fabulous- Handcrafted is so much better than the industrial cookie cutter look-
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