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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / custom girl doll on: November 23, 2011 04:20:41 PM
It's been awhile since I posted.
A friend commissioned me to make a doll for her cousin's 1st birthday.

She's about 14in tall and made from cotton and poly-fil. Her boots and collar are made from minky. Her skirt is sewn on.

Her cheeks are blushed with non-toxic colored pencil, and I figured out a new way to embroider eyes!

I honestly think she is the smoothest doll I've made recently, even after a set back with remaking her. Her initial skirt concept did not work as well a I had wanted.

It's funny because up until recently, I've been trying to push my pattern making to be more complex, and with this doll, I think I've found my happy medium in the land of patterns.

Thanks for looking! Please feel free to ask me anything. Smiley
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bunka inspired dolls. on: September 09, 2011 08:48:07 AM
I love the look of Japanese bunka dolls, so I looked up some tutorials and tried my hand at making some. They're very simple and addicting to make it turns out! Smiley I haven't gotten the hang of bonnets yet, so all of them have hoods. I used these tutorials as a basis and drafted my own pattern. 

More traditional, I painted her face with acrylic. I think I like the embroidered face better though. Smiley

Thanks for looking!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Darling daisy and baby boy on: August 09, 2011 04:59:52 PM
So I've been busy lately, I finally pinned down the doll pattern I was working on!

Here's Darling Daisy! She's 14 inches high and has a flat bottom so she can sit up by herself.

This is Baby Boy, he's made from the same pattern as Daisy with some small modifications for the hair.

His diaper is made with a modified pattern from www.skiptomylou.org.

Belly button!

Hope you enjoyed. Smiley
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / neck stuffing issue, suggestions? on: June 29, 2011 07:51:58 PM
Hey there, I have an issue with stuffing a plushie. I don't know if it's my technique, or if I need to modify the pattern.

Here is the issue:
I stuff the head, the start to stuff the neck and the body. The neck starts to buckle like so.

I try to smooth is out on one side but it just goes to the other side.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / April and Phoebe on: June 28, 2011 08:01:21 AM
I've been using fleece for a while now for my dolls, but have been getting back into using plain cotton. It's much nicer to my machine. Smiley

This is April, she's made from cotton.

She has little bloomers. Smiley

This is Phoebe, she's made from fleece.

Can almost touch her toes!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Macy doll on: May 08, 2011 06:35:13 PM
This is Macy! She's made out of fleece and has yarn hair. She's about 15" tall.

I'm not quite sure if I should call her a rag doll, because she has jointed arms, but she's not quite in the realm of waldorf dolls.

I've been playing around with different fabrics and have found that fleece works best with her pattern. I sort of drive myself crazy with the need to make a more 3D doll, and am constantly looking for ways to improve my pattern making. I still really need to work on clothes. Cheesy

Hope you like her! <3
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Nellie on: January 21, 2011 04:34:47 PM
Nellie is the first doll I've made out of velour. I'm hooked now! Smiley
She has a jointed arms, yarn hair and a little crochet belt. I'm still learning how to effectively stitch on hair. <3

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Calliope on: January 01, 2011 01:54:08 PM
This is Calliope. She's made out of fleece and her dress is made from flannel. She is a prototype of a pattern I'm working on. Smiley
Ring now her legs are a bit shorter than I would like, and her arms are stitched on rather than jointed.

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / stuck with head pattern on: December 28, 2010 04:41:30 PM
I've finally figured out a pattern shape that I'm happy with for this doll.
The problem is that I'm stuck on how to take out the front seam of the face.

Should I make a mock up and cut it up? Or is there a way to do it simply through the pattern? Is the seam in the front even bothersome? Any suggestions would be great. Smiley

Thank you!

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / darling plushies <3 and pattern link for you! on: July 01, 2009 06:24:04 PM
Hi y'all! Cheesy
I've been making some pretty small plushies recently. <3

I really enjoy making them and I want to share that joy with all of you! So I've made up a pattern and walkthrough type thing for the pattern used for the two dolls above.

The pattern includes parts for a cat, bear, and bunny, but I think it would make a pretty good human as well! Cheesy

If you are interested in acquiring the pattern, it it available, along with the walk-through in a zip file here -> http://rapidshare.com/files/266946275/darlingpattern.zip.html

Here is just the pattern http://www.scribd.com/doc/18971217/Darling-Plush-Pattern

Please let me know if you have any problems downloading it! Cheesy

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