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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Elfin poppet in Indian sari (image heavy!!!) on: July 08, 2008 05:09:45 PM
This is Nirmala.  I gave her large, rather elvish ears, and she is dressed in a simple Indian-style sari complete with matching petticoat and under-blouse.  Nirmala has a real bindi on her forehead, and a tiny pink crystal nose stud.  Oh, I named her after a person I know who is from India, but I also think it's a pretty name anyway.

I think her face turned out so sweet...she seems to have a kindly expression. ^_^
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Combination poppet/nekomimi/original Oni doll (an experiment + pics) on: July 03, 2008 04:55:59 PM
After making my first poppet for my daughter, I was filled with ideas for other dolls.  One of the first things I wanted to do was make an Oni doll.  I knew I couldn't use the poppet pattern as it would be too feminine and dainty for such an ogrish creature.  Someone had pointed out Runo's dollmaking site to me, and I thought perhaps I could adapt the Nekomimi pattern.  However, I wanted the doll to be jointed like a poppet, and I wanted him to have real "human" style fingers.  So, I dug up a couple of reference pictures and Runo's Nekomimi pattern and set out to modify it to fit my needs.  I ended up needing to basically redraw every part except for the head (which I now kind of wish I had modified...didn't know how it would come out since I had never used the pattern before).  I don't think it came out as well as I would have liked because of all of this...for instance, I don't like the way his arms and legs came out, and the arms are awkwardly attached because of the way I made them. *sigh*  Anyway, here he is....I've named him Aka-san (which is basically like "Mr. Red" ^^;).

Aka-san says hello!

He has a studded leather "kanabou", a weapon that is carried by Oni.

Here you can better see his hands, the kanabou, and his fur loin cloth (yes, that is real fur...I found it in a thrift shop along time ago, and I believe it was once trim on a jacket or something).

This is Aka-san from behind.  You can't tell too well what his hair looks like, but it's a sort of samurai type of style.  I have a reference pic I used that I'll post a little further down.

One more pic from below-ish.  Aka-san's horns are made of black pleather.  The "teeth" on his necklace are the tips of some small gauge double pointed needles I made a while back, clipped off with wire cutters and painted bone-white.  His ankle cuffs were plain wooden rings that I painted with gold "liquid leaf".  His neckerchief is just a scrap of red fabric.  I wanted to use a different colour but I couldn't find anything else I really liked for it, so...  Roll Eyes

Here are my reference pics:

You can see this Oni's neckerchief, kanabou, and golden cuffs.  I wanted to make wrist cuffs for my doll as well, but didn't have any rings that were small enough for his arms.

This is the samurai hairstyle I based Aka-san's hair on.  Aka-san's hair is much longer and thicker, though, and he has long braided sideburns.  ^^;

Overall, I'm relatively satisfied with the way everything turned out.  The hair turned out way better than I imagined.  I got kind of lazy at the end and skipped out on any needle sculpting (except for his mouth), but I did use stuffing to try to make muscles on his torso...which mostly just turned out looking lumpy, I think.  Roll Eyes

Anyway, what do you guys think?
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / fantastic thrift store finds for dollmaking on: June 29, 2008 08:53:04 AM
I wonder if this is the right place to post this?  If not, I'm sorry!

Anyway, I had a great haul from my favourite thrift store yesterday.  I went in hoping to find fabrics to make dolls and stuffed things with, plus cover buttons for jointing.  Not only did I find yards and yards of gorgeous velveteen and Alova suede in different colours (all for less than 4$), but I also found this:

If I'm not mistaken, I believe this fabric is specifically intended for making soft, needle sculpted dolls (like poppets)!  50 cents for a 60" wide yard, brand new in the packaging!!

I also found:

The last time I went to this same store, I was making my first poppet.  I wrote a list before I left home for things I might need to look for since I hadn't ever made dolls before so I don't normally shop there for things like that.  I found almost every single item on my list (including flesh coloured plush fabric).  Yesterday, I also made a list, and I had the same great luck!  Hm...maybe I should make a list every time I go. Cheesy
Oh, this is totally irrelavant, but I also got a great stereo turntable with huge speakers for only 8 bucks...yay!  Now I can play my records again!! Cheesy
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Whew! My first poppet is finally done ^_^ on: June 22, 2008 10:26:08 PM
Here is my first poppet--actually, she's my first doll ever. Please let me know what you think.
I gave her to my daughter, Devinn (who is 12 and, much to my relief, not too old for dolls yet! ^^), as a surprise.  Devinn has been freaking out ever since she laid eyes on her.  She hasn't stopped cuddling her and playing with her for over an hour now. ^^

Devinn named her Julie, which I think is funny because for some reason her eyes remind me of Julee Cruise.  ^^

Julie is wearing a kimono.  I kind of winged it with the pattern, so it's a little wonky...like, when she is standing up she looks immodest because it doesn't cover her groin very well.  I made the pattern just a leeeetle too narrow for her lil buns and hips. Cheesy  Next time I'll know better.

This is Julie's backside, showing her obi.  I really cheated and cut corners with the obi...I just made it out of wide gros-grain ribbon that I folded.  By the time I got to the point of making it, Devinn had found out that she had a "surprise" coming to her and was hounding me constantly from downstairs.  She had been waiting almost all day so I kind of wanted to hurry. ^^

One more from the side....hehe...
There's an opening for her tail in the center seam, but unfortunately the obi kind of smooshes her tail up.  Roll Eyes
Underneath her kimono, she has tiny boobies!  I didn't get any nudie pictures though, and I don't think I could pry her out of Devinn's hands with a crow bar at this point. lol!

Anyway, making Julie was so much fun, and I really wanted to keep her for myself when I was done...but I didn't. Tongue  I'm planning something special for myself for my next doll.  Grin

I'm posting a link to this post on the poppet-along thread, too, and a couple pictures of the kimono sans Julie in the outfits thread.

Cheers everyone, and thanks for looking! ^___~
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Itty bitty pink plushie bear! on: June 21, 2008 12:50:16 PM
This is Little Pinkie. ^^  I made her as a gift for someone.

She is very soft and plushie, and also really teeny-tiny...see the C battery sitting next to her?  This picture doesn't show the colours very well, but she is actually a pretty berry-pinkish colour, raspberry maybe?
I had to put her in the mail today, and I was rather sad to see her go. u_u
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Vintage Aldens sewing machine--anyone have info on this brand?(semi-image heavy) on: June 16, 2008 01:06:32 AM
I got this sewing machine on sale for 12$ at one of my favourite thrift stores on Friday the 13th (my lucky day!! ^_^).

Here is my husband checking it out, lol.

A close up of the dials.

The front of the machine.

Does anyone have any info on this Aldens brand?  The machine says it is made in Japan, and somewhere on there is says that the Aldens company is located in Chicago.  I did some googling and didn't find very much information.
The machine runs well, makes beautiful zig zag stitches, and even came with several different foot attachments and lots of bobbins.  It isn't as powerful as my beloved old Pfaff 130, but the motor is much, much faster (takes some getting used to, in fact!).
Anyway, if anyone knows anything about these, I'd love to hear it!
Thanks!! ^_^
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Clothes shy?? on: June 16, 2008 12:55:26 AM
This is kind of weird, but I just wanted to see if anyone else has the same problem...
I've made several items for myself from new and vintage patterns.  They all turned out nicely, fit me well, and my husband says they look very nice on me.  For some reason, though, I feel awkward wearing something I've sewn from scratch out in public.  I have no idea why, because I don't have a problem wearing all of my reconstructed and re-fitted t-shirts and jeans.  It's frustrating...my closet slowly fills up with handmade clothes that I am apparently too shy to wear. ;~;
Anyone else have a similar problem?
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A wee bear! on: June 16, 2008 12:49:46 AM
This little guy is a gift I made for a friend:

He is hand-sewn from upholstery fabric, and has glass beads for eyes.  His arms, legs and head are jointed with thread.  He is around 2.5" seated...a very small animal.  Cheesy
I've made a number of these as gifts but this is the first one I've thought to take a pic of.  I think this is my first time posting in this particular board, actually. ^^
What do you guys think?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Tutorials on: June 10, 2008 10:41:19 AM
Hey everyone! *waves*
Um, if any of my tutorials are missing images, please send me a pm and I will see what I can do to fix them.
I had some problems with my webhost back in March (they basically nuked my site!), and because I didn't have everything backed up, I lost a lot of stuff when I moved to a new host.  I *should* have most, if not all, of my tutorials backed up somewhere, though.  Durr...I don't even remember how many tutorials I have, and whether or not I hosted the images at my domain.  *embarrassed*   Roll Eyes
Anyway...just let me know if something isn't working. ^^;
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Customized Vegan hoodie! on: January 15, 2008 08:59:59 PM
So I made this as a birthday gift for my dear friend, who is vegan and has devoted her life to rescuing and caring for animals of all kinds.  She is a real inspiration!

The back, modeled by my fat ass Tongue

For some reason, the circle looks all wonky (probably cause the hoodie is wrinkling on me a bit), but it's really a perfectly round circle. ^^;

The front, showing a close up of the pockets and thumb holes:


Black Hanes boy's hoodie, 19 dome studs (5 on each pocket, 9 on the hood), red and black velvet on the heart and V, and white jersey reinforced with fusible fleece for the background of the appliqué. The appliqué was attached with wonder under and then machine stitched in place with my old but trusty Singer. The thumbholes were hand-stitched. There is a red ribbon zipper pull that is not visible in the picture.
This is the first thing I have sewn in a long time. Granted, it's more of a customization than actual sewing from scratch, but I am proud of myself for working through the pain and staying focused and not giving up as I have been wont to do since my neck injury kind of sidelined me.
I hope she will like it!! ^_^
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