I have been working hard as suddenly the doors have opened wider to my teaching sewing opportunities. I have had a lot of help as one of my current student’s mom has spread the word of my class offerings to her neighbors that she knew had children who were interested in learning to sew. She even coordinated the days so I could come to their neighborhood and spend one hour at one house doing a lesson and then I move right next door to another house to do a second lesson. I don’t know which is harder, planning a series of lessons or coordinating the schedules of busy kids and their families. So, I really appreciate her help. I have acquired 3 new students through her efforts.
So when I have some extra time I have been enjoying a little personal play sewing. I purchased My Felt Doll Book. I have had a lot of fun in the past making stuffed toys and dolls. I wanted to try some more.
I apologize but, I don’t seem to be able to leave things well enough alone as they are. I wanted a slightly larger doll so I enlarged the pattern a bit and began sewing up the main body of my doll. As I was working on assembling her (I definitely decided it would be a “her”) I was trying to imagine what her face would look like. I hand embroidered her eyes and facial features. And what personality she would develope through those facial expressions. And what style she would had.
She did get another leg. Isn’t she cute? Some of my embroidery floss tails moved around a big on the inside of her face as I was stuffing her and they seemed to create some weird lines in her complexion. My daughter said that it made her look “old”. I was looking at yarns for hair and spotted a gray and black fun fur yarn and knew it had to be for my doll’s hair.
It almost looks purple in this lighting. I love it thou. Now I need to develope her “style” and give her a name. Any suggestions will be considered and appreciated.
Have any of you made dolls? Do you find it fun to create a personality in a doll? Please share with me.
Lovely! First that you’ve had such a wonderfully successful teaching experience, as evidenced by your helpful student, and secondly, your doll.
She photographs well and I’d never have guessed she had any wrinkles… do love her hair! Names? Duh . . . Dolly? Miriam? Sorry ~ not very good with names. And no, I’ve never made dolls, played with dolls, nor been interested in making tiny things for them. I was out playing cowboys with the boys!
Hmmm. I like Mariam. I will have to think about that one. Thanks. I played cowboys too. Also, astronauts and pilots. But, I always loved my dolls. My first bits of cutting fabric was to make clothes and accessories for my dolls.
As far as I remember, my first make was a dress for me… with lots of help from gran!
Me n H have just been having a discussion about her name – we think she looks quite cool and funky. H likes Armani for her. I thinks she’s stunning and won’t have too many fitting issues when it comes to making her clothes 🙂
Oh, I like Armani too. I think she has a new name and now I am fashioning her outfit. I will post a ‘reveal’ soon.
What a cute doll! Great to hear your sewing classes are so popular 🙂