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« on: August 22, 2012 05:32:58 AM »

During June I borrowed a cloth doll making book from the local library and whilst none of the 4 dolls I have made have been like the ones in the book I did find in invaluable in the process. It was "Introduction to Cloth Dolls" by Jan Horrox and I have since purchased it from Amazon at a really good price  Grin

I have shared these dolls in the 50 Projects craftalong but thought they deserved their own place on the Dolls board too.

My first one: Mrs. Pinchbeck  Grin




She has a lot of flaws but they're all part of who she is  Wink

doll two: Sleepy Jean




Still not doing things quite as they should have been but I made less mistakes than in doll #1. I also bought finger turning tubes and had a go at making fully fingered hands rather than mitt hands. Not pretty but I am still learning  Grin


doll three: Sirena Fluke

I loved her before I had even cut her out  Wink The fabric for her tail was a small leftover from a friends stash and I knew when I saw it that I had to make a mermaid!


I didn't have a mermaid pattern so I made the tail section fit the remnant and hoped for the best. There are chenille stems in the end so I can flip the tips up.

doll four: Weeping Angel

This one was made for my sisters 40th birthday gift. I knew I wanted to do something Dr Who themed but knew I wouldn't have been able to make a caricature of the Doctor so I took the easier option  Roll Eyes




These were my first try at face painting and needle sculpting and I think I'm getting the hang of it now. The Weeping Angel even has a basic face painted and sculpted even though her hands are sewn to her face  Grin

thanks for looking  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2012 06:52:29 AM »

I love the patterned fabric use in these dolls.

The weeping angel is pretty amazing, even though I've been unsuccessful at becoming a DW fan. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2012 07:06:47 AM »

Wonderful work!
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2012 08:13:14 AM »

I'm so glad you chose to give them their own thread. Smiley Smiley I was wanting to comment on them but I'm not part of that craft a long and didn't want to throw off the thread.

I love them! I have that book as well. I've made a few dolls and getting the faces painted right is fun but HARD. You've done a great job!!!  I can't , for the life of me, get fingers to turn so I have yet to make a doll with fingers. Yours look really really good!!!!

Great job on all of them!!!



I look forward to seeing more of your creations!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2012 08:21:36 AM »

Thanks guys  Grin

That's the book I have Sunflowersmiles  Smiley I've found a lot of doll books I would like now *lol*

Abbeeroad, I'm not a fan either but my sister went crazy for it  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2012 08:42:39 AM »

omg!!!!   I totally read it wrong and had this one stuck in my head
http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Cloth-Doll-Making-Approaches/dp/1564969428/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345650096&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=cloth+doll+making

LOLOL!!!  DUR!!

(that's a good one too but the other is better)
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2012 08:52:15 AM »

Love the needle sculpted faces. They are so expressive.  The mermaid is I think my favourite but I love them all.
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2012 01:27:04 PM »

If you gave Mrs. Pinchbeck glasses, she would look like the lady on Oddities. You do fantastic work.
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2012 02:03:02 PM »

I have no idea what Oddities but I did intend to give her specs, I just couldn't get my wire to bend right  Roll Eyes

and thank you  Grin

My next doll planned is a Christmas-y one for my Mum.
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2012 10:57:43 AM »

I think you did a good job.
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