Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Yesterday was my 60th birthday and my very talented brother surprised me with a wonderful pendent necklace that he made special for me. The dark stone is black pearl and there is a small diamond in the small copper heart. Isn't it fabulous? I have linked his website to the blog if you want to see more of his wonderful work, KEAyersDesigns.com.
Monday, May 9, 2011
AFIC (Artistic Figures In Cloth) which was held here in Columbus, OH the last weekend in April.
Cyndy Sieving does a fantastic job of organizing this event. The next one will be in the spring of 2013.
I took 3 days of classes with Natalie Hamade and
had so much fun and learned a lot. If you ever get a chance to take one of her classes, don't hesitate.
I have been designing and making my own dolls
for a few years. I want to take some time and
make some dolls from other designers. My first
project is going to be Natalie's "Ostrich Showgirl".
She is a hoot and will be fun to make and enjoy.
In class we learned how to make these wonderful eyelashes. We started out with a white body and
painted it. We dyed Tibetian skins for the hair,
and made embellishments from Tyvec. I made the beads and the flower in her hair from Tyvec. We
used a soddering iron on the clothing. And then there was the face drawing. I am really happy with how my face turned out. Natalie was a wonderful teacher.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
a pattern by Jill Maas called "Dressmaker's Dummy". I
have been having so much fun and want to make a few more
pin cushions. The exchange should be a lot of fun. Some of
the members brought their pin cushions to our doll club
meeting yesterday and they were wonderful. I can't wait
until next month when we do our exchange.
I make my brother a dragon for Christmas every year. This
year I used the "Cecil" pattern from Susan Barmore. I loved
this dragon and made myself one also. The rust one is the one that
I gave to my brother and the purplish one is mine.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Here is the "head" jar that I wrote about in the previous
post. As you can tell, I have plenty of dolls waiting to be
created or I will need to get a larger jar.
As a lot of you know, I have a mentally handicapped daughter.
Tammy has no interest in sewing or crafting, but as you can see, she has a style of her own. She loves to "dress up" in her many funny hats, glasses, etc. She changes her accessories often during the day.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
My doll club is having a pin cushion exchange in Febuary and I have been working on mine
the last few weeks. So far I have 6 finished and more in progress. Here are the ones I have
ready to exchange.
I have a large jar of heads in my sewing room,
on top of my cabinet. It is so much fun to look at.
When I make a new doll, I always make 2 to 4 heads and then pick which one I want to use on that doll. The extra heads get put into the head jar. Sometimes a head "calls" out to me and I get it from the jar and turn it into a doll. I used heads from the jar for 4 of the pin cushions. The other 2 have sculpy faces.
ornament that had an animal face on the front and legs
on the side and bottom. That was my inspiration for the
pin cushion shown on the left. It took me 4 attempts to
get the round cloth shape body I wanted. Her face is sculpy.