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« on: April 12, 2014 12:29:45 PM »

Still working on my cloth doll skills.



Here I was experimenting a bit.  The eyelashes are made from white satin folded double and then the fold was machine stitched with a very small tight zigzag satin stitch. (As for a buttonhole.) Then I frayed the edges to try and make them look like eyelashes white to match her hair. I don't think it was entirely successful.



The tail was also white satin.  I took two strips and wet them thoroughly and then painted stripes of green, crimson and blue fabric paint and used water to let them run and blend until I liked the look of it. 


After drying, and heat setting by ironing, I quilted the scales in a tail shape.  You can't see it well in the photos but I stitched on the wrong side and used a spool of Gutermann Sparkle Metallic Thread, Aqua shade, underneath so that I would get a glittery outline for the scales.  It sort of worked but I had problems with the thread catching and breaking maybe my tension was wrong.



The buttons for her shoulder joints are mother of pearl (of course) from my grandmother's button box.
Her wide awake fluffy pet octopus is based on this Octopus  pattern from Red Heart.  I used Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe by Kaffe Fassett and a very small crochet hook I think a .75mm.



I'm not entirely happy with her face. The profile is too flat and I think I got the proportions wrong but she is  part of the learning curve and I like the way her hands and opposable thumbs turned out.
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2014 01:55:36 PM »

I think she's beautiful! I especially love the technique on her tail. And her octopus is super cute.
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2014 02:39:10 PM »

She's absolutely precious! I adore the quilting technique on her tail, so I'm filing that away in my crafty little brain :-)
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2014 03:32:16 PM »

she is gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2014 03:50:36 PM »

Adorable  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2014 09:10:40 AM »

I think you're being too hard on yourself.  I think she is beautiful!
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« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2014 08:59:27 AM »

I think she looks brilliant, and that little octopus is wonderful too!
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2014 01:32:28 AM »

I really love the tail <3 thank you so much for showing how that you did it!!!
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2014 11:21:00 PM »

Thank you very much everyone for so many encouraging comments. The idea of quilting the tail is not mine.  I saw it long ago in a book somewhere. But I'm glad it has inspired some of you.
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