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« on: November 08, 2013 04:03:32 AM »

Here is a little tute on my paper dolls. I use a French knot which is an embroidery technique. If you have never done that, practice a couple on some scrap before attempting your doll.


Choose paints, glues, and sealants that will not stick or chip.
I started with some drawing paper glued onto card stock. I know glue sticks and all sorts of adhesives exist but I have found good old Elmer's and homemade glues to work the best. Press your glued items between heavy books for a few hours while drying.

Draw your doll out. Plan for space to connect the joints so you don't accidentally shorten your doll. Now is a good time to clear coat and seal your drawing.


Carefully cut out your doll. Smooth edges are helpful for a smooth moving doll.


Test the placement of your parts and add the holes for the knots.


Start from the back, leaving a tail to tie off. Holding the tail with your thumb helps to not pull it out.


I'm using the full 6 ply of embroidery floss. The knot has three or more loops.


Take your thread back to the backside and tie it off with a finishing knot large enough to not pull through.


Add a tiny dab of glue to your knot to help hold it.

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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2013 04:26:45 PM »

Thank you for such a great tutorial.  I can't wait to try one of these!!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2013 01:52:12 PM »

I hope it is ok to put this here.  I was so very inspired by your dolls that I just had to try them myself.  I made these cards using your doll technique.  I painted the dolls themselves with watercolor on cardstock, but learned my lesson to use watercolor paper first and then glue to cardstock, because the watercolor began flaking off.  I sealed them with modpodge and then used the french knots to attach them to the card.  I glued another card on the back to cover the threads.  I hadn't done a french knot since I was a kid and my grandmother taught me to do embroidery. Thank goodness for youtube which helped refresh my memory. 

Thanks again for such great inspiration and a detailed tutorial!!

 
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2013 03:09:54 PM »

Love them! I use a spray sealant but it does interact with some paints and pens which can be fun. I usually use the big set of Prang colored pencils and my mainstay is Mongol watercolor pencils.

Will Modge Podge get sticky in heat or over time?
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2013 08:24:49 AM »

Actually I would not use ModPodge again for the very reasons you named.  It has a tendency to stay tacky.  I was tossing around the idea of laminating the parts of the doll.   
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2013 08:23:05 AM »

She is adorable! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us.
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2013 01:00:27 AM »

Yours is lovely, and thank you for the tutorial!  I can't wait to try this  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2013 06:45:05 AM »

Love this idea.  You have me inspired.  Instead of Modpodge I will use a product called Goosebumps which not only varnishes, it leaves an interesting texture as well.  Thanks for sharing.  I do remember how to do french knots. 
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2014 10:18:09 AM »

Here are a couple more dolls made for other swaps. I think the bear is my favorite movable to date.

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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2014 01:29:16 PM »

I love the technique, it adds such a vintage look to the dolls.

As to the Mod Podge tackiness issue, I have heard that a very light coat of car wax, like Turtle Wax, solves the sticky issue. I haven't tried it as I don't use Mod Podge anymore, but I may dust off the jar and if the lid can be opened, give it a try.
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