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61  Re: Tree swap crafts gallery! in The Swap Gallery by teddybearbones on: March 18, 2006 06:26:46 PM
my partner hasn't replied to me as to whether or not she's gotten my package yet Sad

also: photo of the excellent stuff she (lady---luck) sent me...

1: a bunch of tree images from magazines. I'm totally going to put these up above my sewing machine.

2: a pretty notecard with rose design. It's almost too pretty to use.

3: a fantastic throw pillow cover with silk-screened willow on the front. This is my newest reason to go to ikea fow a pillow for it Cheesy

4: three sepia toned drive-by fotos of some lovely trees. These are excellent. I'm putting them up with my other arty photos Cheesy

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62  Gamer Geekerrific in Stenciling: Completed Projects by teddybearbones on: March 09, 2006 10:05:05 PM
So I went to Value Village with my friend yesterday and grabbed a smallish T for about 2 bucks (and stuffs to make some rocking sweater boots). I'd wanted to put a school-related quote on it. Then changed my mind, and through quick deliberation (mostly because all the shirts I've made me have hearts on them) came up with this:

For you un-gamer people it's a Legend of Zelda reference.

I mixed the black cheapo acrylic paint I had lying around with some gel medium to make it thicker. It also made it shiny.. and smell like gel medium Cheesy I hair dried it on hot to try to melt the paint into the fabric a bit more. Where the stencil ( made outta paper) stuck I used sharpie to cover it up Cheesy
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63  Crazy Haired Waldorf Doll (somewhat image heavy) Now with *Full* Tutorial in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by teddybearbones on: February 11, 2006 08:28:23 PM
It's only about 75% Waldorf doll.. the stuffing is synthetic recycled scraps from other sewing projects. (I make hideously cute hats and hawk them at cons.. lots of leftover polar fleece bits for stuffing).   I've been making dolls like this since I was 12ish. This is my favourite so far, though she doesn't have all the accessories I like to put with them.

The hair, as it was being looped in, and after I finished it. Hair is mohair, the technique for the hair I got out of the Sunnhild Reinckens (likely spelled wrong) book on making dolls.

Naked! Note the flowery button (yay!) arm hinges Cheesy Arms and legs move. No pattern for the body.

In her panties, note the snap on the back of the lacey bra Cheesy I had a half hour argument with my roommate while playing scrabble in swedish (which I don't speak XD) about whether or not the panties should be lacey. He won. Also, since taking these pics I've trimmed the atrocious loose threads. Also got a bunch of wierd looks and comments from my contemporaries who think I'm wierd for making undies for a doll XD

Fully clothed. Front, Back, Zombie shot XD The pants aren't hemmed.. I know T_T I have a bad habit of never hemming anything if I can help it. (my favourite skirt is hemmed with safety pins.. so lazy XD)

Close up of the face, hopefully you can see the labret piercings. No mouth. The reason being that the style of doll really isn't supposed to have a face put on it at all. The child (though this is definitely not a children's doll) is supposed to imagine the face of their doll.

It's a bit of a self portrait.. made for the "diy twin" challenge. I'm all anti-establishment with my Waldorf Doll entry. They're the unbarbie of children's toys XD

Comments and criticisms welcome.

Thanks for your interest.

Edit: first part of tutorial: making the head

First you start of with a stretchy knit fabric (see 1). I believe circular bandage material is waldorf standard but any will do really. I use light coloured ribbing. Cut a piece that is as large around as you'd like your doll's head to be when stretched out. Don't forget a seam allowance if you're using a sewing machine. Make sure to have the "Vs" of the knit going vertical.

Now sew this piece of fabric into a tube (see 2).

Tie a double length of thread around one end of the tube (see 3) a few times. Make sure it's tight. Waxing the thread will make it hold to itself better. For this beeswax works much better than parafin. Tie off into a secure knot.

Turn inside out (see 4).

Stuff to desired firmness (see 5). It should be about as firm as an orange: solid but with a little give. The standard stuffing material for waldorf dolls is natural fleece (ie sheep's wool cleaned and carted). This is because it's firm, natural, responds well to body heat and retains its shape in the wash (in fact gets stronger because the fibres felt together). I however, am a poor bugger and can't find proper fleece anywhere. I use fabric scraps to stuff my dolls. I wouldn't suggest using synthetic fleece. It's difficult to get it to have the right weight or form, and the doll will loose its shape in the wash. If you're using real fleece  be sure to leave enough hanging down to give your doll a sturdy head. If you're using scraps try your best to leave some hanging down for a neck, but we'll talk about how to get a sturdy neck without the bit hanging down later.

Enlist an assistant for 5 minutes.

Tie off the neck (see 6) the same way you tied off the top of your tube.

Tie the eyeline (see 7). There should be a visible indent where the eyeline is. On a child the eyeline is less than halfway up the head. On an adult the eyeline is at the halfway mark.

Tie the earline (see Cool. This is the line at which the ears would fall on the head. You've probly noticed a nice indent in your head already made by your tubeseam. Use this as part of your earline. This tie helps to define cheeks and chin.

Release assistant to go back to playing/working/sleeping/etc..

Where your two ties meet sew them down with an X (see 8 or 9). Make sure it's sturdy, tie each one off individually rather than sewing one, going through the head, sewing the other and then tieing off.

Pull down eyeline to form back of the skull (see 9). You'll have noticed (if you're like me) that your doll's head is a bit lopsided (if not, then go you XD). Use this to your advantage.  Use the end that sticks over neck further as the front of your head, and the other as your back.

edit: more (and the rest) of the tutorial! yay!


Sew a nose if desired. You can do this a couple ways, none of which I can illustrate clearly. 1: pinch where the nose should be then tie around it creating a ball that pokes out from the face. 2: Sew a lump out of the face where the nose should be (best way to describe it.. it's what I do usually to make a nose) 3: use hot glue to bulk up a nose ( make sure it's smooth on top when you're done).

Here is where you'd re-enforce the neck if you felt it was too flimsy. I find wrapping a bit of polar fleece or a bulky material like that around the neck a couple times then sewing the end to the wrapping and the top to the chin works very well.

And now just add face (see 10). Take your flesh material and cut a similar sized rectangle as your initial tube rectangle. Sew this on to the back of the head using a hidden stitch. You don't have to sew all the way up or down because you'll need to make small adjustments to make it fit the head flat.

Pull material securely over face (see 11). It shouldn't be overly taught, but it shouldn't be flabby either. Fold over and sew second edge to back using a hidden stitch.

This is the part where you adjust the skin to fit the face. You obviously don'y want wrinkles in wierd places in the fabric, so you're going to be negotiating with head and face for a little bit to get it to work right. Don't worry too much if the back of the head is cris-crossed with facelift lines. Just try to keep them where the hair would cover.

Once you're done with that sew the top down as flat as you can (see 12s). You want to sew it like you'd do the sides of a wrpped present; in the same order (back down, sides down, front down). Use a hidden stitch here as well.

Now you can add the face if you so desire. Decide on the placement of the eyes (and mouth) relative to the nose (if you did a nose) you can mark these with a pin or just wing it if you feel confident. Now there's a couple different styles to choose from when doing thew face. A more traditional style is simply embroidering the eyes and mouth with one colour of floss. You'd go from right ear to right eye to left eye to left ear and back once or twice until you're happy with the shape. For mouth you'd go from ear to mouth to other ear.  You could also paint the face on with either textile dyes or acrylic paint. For this you'll want to make an indent with thread of a similar colour to your skin following the sewing pattern as described above, but only going over it once. Afterwards you'd paint the face on however you like. Red crayons, blush, or thinned paint can be used to create a rosy cheek effect.

You should probly do shoulders (if you're going to) before you do hair, as you'll have less stuff to get in your way. Shoulders cand be done simply by stuffing what's left of the tube for the head with what's left of the stuffing (and extra to make it look nice) and pushing it about a bit to look more shoulder-like. Again you'd stuff to desired firmness and sew up with a hidden stich. Here you'd also sew the edge of the flesh material with a hidden stitch to the shoulders.

An aside: you don't need to make shoulders, but it does make sewing the head and body together a lot easier.

Now you add hair. Again it's best if the hair is a natural fibre (mohair is a pain to sew on, but it looks nice). There's a lot of different ways to do all kinds of hair. However, I'm not sure if anyone's going to get this far in the tutorial before I update again. If you do and want advice for the hair PM me and I'll help as best I can Smiley
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64  Self Portrait in Cloth Doll Format (Zombie Stargazer) in CHALLENGE 9 ENTRIES by teddybearbones on: February 05, 2006 11:30:34 AM
Er yeah.. when I was making the body of the doll I was thinking that she looked like a stargazer, then playing around with her afterwards I ended up with zombie poses, and the "Hail Illupalazo" pose from Excel Saga.

Anyhow, she's all hand made, stuffed with recycled scraps from other sewing projects and done in the Waldorf style of dollmaking, except for the wool stuffing part o_O She's about 13" tall. Her hair is mohair, skin and eyes are cotton, clothing is some kind of acrylic mess and lace XD.

and pics...

The hair, as it was being looped in, and after I finished it. Right now my hair is green, but when I started the doll it was pink, and just before that is was purple and green. So I did the hair rainbowy colour because my hair colour changes a lot.

Naked! Also the stargazer pose.. looks a bit wierd o_O Note the flowery button arm hinges Cheesy Arms and legs move.

In her panties, note the snap on the back of the lacey bra Cheesy I had a half hour argument with my roommate while playing scrabble in swedish (which I don't speak XD) about whether or not the panties should be lacey. He won. Also, since taking these pics I've trimmed the atrocious loose threads.

Fully clothed. Front, Back, Zombie shot XD The sweater is a lot like my favourite sweater, but a lot bulkier. The pants are the same as a pair I revamped to fit me recently. They also are just turned up instead of being hemmed. I'm a lazy bugger that way XD

Close up of the face, hopefully you can see the labret piercings. No mouth. The reason being that the style of doll really isn't supposed to have a face put on it at all becuase the child (though this is definitely not a children's doll) is supposed to imagine the face of their doll.

Comments and criticisms welcome.
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65  Botched Portrait; need opinions in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by teddybearbones on: January 25, 2006 05:24:56 PM
I'm sure by now there's a few miffed people at me, so here's your chance to have a shot at an unfinished and kinda bad portrait.

This is done in three colour pencil crayon (scarlet, indigo and golden yellow) on stonehenge paper.

I'm not sure what to do with the negative space and shirt. Conceptually the buttons on the sock will be redish. Opinions are welcome, criticisms and comments too.

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66  it reminds me of jim henson -- coin purse XD in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by teddybearbones on: January 13, 2006 07:46:58 PM
Er.. this is combining my obsession with faux fur with my wierd little doll things and making it functional.

at first I wasn't going to put a tongue in it but was thinking maybe I should.. one of my roommates said it needed a tongue when I showed it to him.. so voila it has a tongue and it ridiculous and stuff..

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67  Jones Labels Bakura Mini Courier Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by teddybearbones on: January 08, 2006 04:34:02 PM

This is something I did during the past summer. It's all jones labels and packing tape. The shoulder strap is off of one of my portfolio cases, and the closing bit is a hair clip held on with safety pins. I got the idea from the drink sac recycled bags.

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