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« on: January 05, 2011 03:04:33 AM »

This is a present for a friend of mine, who's going through a rough patch.  I can't actually do anything to help, but I *can* make a useless doodad to show I care. Smiley



I only recently learned how to joint a doll, when I made a poppet for a swap which amazingly actually held together and was still in one piece when my partner got it.  So, I was keen to try out my mad new skills AND my shiny new jointing needles.

This little lady is made from five sections - two big top wings, two smaller bottom wings, and a little lozenge of a body - all sewn, stuffed and sealed individually.  There are two joints, one holding the two top wings onto the body, the other the two lower wings.

I didn't use a pattern, and if I were to do this again I'd change the wing shape.  The top ones particularly could have been rounder, they start tapering to a point too soon, giving the butterfly a flattened sort of look.  It's OK, but I was going for something rounder and cuddlier.

Oh, and I also managed to snap clean through the eye of one of the aforementioned new jointing needles while I was trying to get the joints nice and tight.  Apparently I don't know my own strength.



And here's the back.  The fabric's all random blues out of my stash, with more muted ones on the front and brighter, more fun prints on the back.  I wanted something that looked a bit scrappy, but wouldn't look out of place in an utterly non-crafty house.

(Sorry about the teeny tiny photos, by the way.  You're not missing much - I don't have access to the work camera I usually use, and my own's been dropped a few times and will no longer focus.  So they're fairly rubbish.  But you get the idea.)
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2011 05:38:18 AM »

Cute!
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2011 01:36:17 PM »

Such a cute butterfly! I hope your friend starts finding some better times soon! But until then, she'll know that her friends care for her!
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011 08:27:31 PM »

So the little wings flap? How clever! That is a very cheering gift.
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2011 11:17:08 PM »

So the little wings flap?
  They do, and you can reposition them to make a short, chubby butterfly (like in the photos) or pull the top wings up and the bottom ones down to make a long, skinny one.

Thank you for your kind words, all.  I've given it to my friend, and I think she likes it - although I think she's a little bewildered by the way my mind works. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2011 05:13:47 AM »

They do, and you can reposition them to make a short, chubby butterfly (like in the photos) or pull the top wings up and the bottom ones down to make a long, skinny one.

Thank you for your kind words, all.  I've given it to my friend, and I think she likes it - although I think she's a little bewildered by the way my mind works. Smiley

How unique! I may have to try that. I'm glad your friend liked it.
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