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That look though…..

doll1This is what happens when you decide to try something adventurous in doll making. You get *that* look. I swear, if this little sweetie could talk, ha! Its the hair….I did bad things to the hair.

Lemme explain…..so I was trying to make a doll, and couldn’t decide what to do for the hair. I looked on YouTube, and tried some of the wool/yarn hair tutorials, and nothing looked right on her. Then I discovered quite by accident, that if you actually took a brush to the wool (yarn), it went all fluffy and wispy. Nice. So next thing I know, I’m sitting in a pool of red wispy fluff, looking like some tragic accident has happened, and I couldn’t find a way of attaching the fluff to the head. Infuriating.

Off on a tangent slightly, but related to this post……during my research, I discovered that people use a special needle to jab into these wispy bits of fluff and they make all sorts of pretty things. I haven’t tried needle felting in my life, so I laid the doll aside and went to buy a “special” needle, thinking, well I may as well try to make something with all this red fluff. A nice heart or something.

red needlefelted thingYeah…..not quite what I had in mind.

So! I used my special barbed needle (yes it has barbs on it, and yes if you poke yourself it hurts a lot!) and I basically jabbed the red fluff onto the dolls head. And it stays on! I doubt this is what they mean by needle felting, and I daresay I have possibly ruined my needle by jabbing into cloth, but….hey I may have discovered a new thing!

doll2That face though…..honestly, she looks a little bit like Amy Winehouse don’t you think? Poor thing getting jabbed in the head, no wonder she looks a bit fed up!

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Egg Head Doll

EggHead Doll2

Hello! I decided to make something different today, rather than paint. I was in the mood for getting messy with fabric but didn’t know what to make – I thought a doll would be safe enough. This doll was made with a styrofoam egg shape, turned upside down and painted. (I think I’m all so very clever for thinking they look like heads!) Pipe cleaners (or chenille sticks, as they are now called) for the body and limbs, wool/thread wrapped all over and some hand dyed fabric for the skirt. I used mohair wool for the hair, and a piece of silky material for the headscarf. As yet she has no face…..I am scared to do a face because I haven’t practised enough on dolls and I don’t want to ruin her! I think she looks fine without one really…..ha!

EggHead Doll3

I love that you can bend the pipe cleaners in any way, so that she can take on different positions. I’m looking at her face now thinking I should have done a second coat of paint. Ah well, the next one – its all about the experimentation. 🙂

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Little folk doll (with face)

Hello….I have totally fallen in love with the Motanka dolls of the Ukraine. Here is a picture of one I adore. These lovely little dolls are amulets for health and prosperity. The colours all mean something, and the material is all recycled from family and friends, thus capturing the happiness and luck from it, and passing it on. Its a wonderful sentiment. They have no faces on purpose so that the nasty spirits don’t think its a person and sneak in to bring bad luck.

Screen shot 2016-04-20 at 21.10.22 (Link – its Russian though)

I have been trying to make something like it…..although clearly in my own odd style, haha! The material is all recycled, but thats as far as it goes….I just wanted it to look pretty. She looks very serious, so I doubt she will be passing on anything cheery 😀

folk doll

and here is her little baby

folk doll and baby

The baby looks cheeky. I think I prefer the baby to be honest – I might make more tiny ones rather than the larger size.