Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WIP Mermaid

It's funny how things don't always come out as I envisioned them. The doll I'm working on is a mermaid. I've sewn the pieces and have found out that the arms are too large, her tail isn't as long as I thought it would be, and she's chubby! This is entirely my own pattern, so I have only myself to blame for these strange happenings. I'm thinking having her turn out chubby might be a good thing. There's so many skinny mermaids out there. Why not have a chubby one?
I know why this happened. I'm using a knit, and laid the pattern out so that the stretch was horizontal. I have some ideas for embellishments, but nothing has been decided yet.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Edgar the Troll

I almost forgot about Edgar! I made him for Hyrum's 9th birthday. Don't ask me how I got from 1 baby to 5 and now my eldest is. It's so true taht the days go by slowly, yet the years speed by!
Anyhoo, Edgar is made using Ute Vasina's pattern for Whisper. To make him more masculine, I sculpted in an uni-brow, and gave him a hint of facial hair. I learned a few things using this pattern that I am now incorporating into my own pattern making. I really like the seperate tow, and the seperate thumb piece. It make the hand look more natural. The only thing I didn't like was the attachment of the legs. I jointed the arms, but the pattern is drafted so that the troll is permanantly in a sitting position. This is okay if it's a work of art that won't be played with, but since I'm making him to be played with, I repositioned the legs. He's a bit bow legged, but that just adds to his character I think!

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Dr Who Gang. Made using the Poppet pattern. I can't take credit for the Dalek. Dave made him from Sculpey.
From top left clockwise: Martha, Cyberman, the 10th Doctor, Martha, Dalek, and K-9 on martha's lap.


At the time this was like a fever! I found the Poppet pattern on and was hooked! I made poppets like crazy. Usually the pattern was changed slightly. Here are some of my favorites.

Anne of Green Gable. At the time I thought she looked like she was going to come alive like Pinocchio did and start telling me a story!

Past successes

Pacific sea Maid, from Spiderwick Chronicles. Adaptation from the poppet pattern.
The White Rabbit from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He is crocheted using angel hair yarn, and then brushed to make the yarn fuzz.

Thimbletack from the Spiderwick Chronicles.
Maude the Fairy Godmother is made using the Elenore pattern which I developed using the poppet pattern as a guide.

This is Albert the Lab Rat. He is made using an adaptation of the poppet pattern.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


This is the fourth doll I made for the kids for Christmas. His name is Trumpkin. He's Hyrum's imaginary friend brought to "life." According to Hyrum, he looks like Thimbletack in the movie Spiderwick Chronicles. I'm really pleased with how he turned out, and I feel more confident in my budding pattern making skills.

Alice in Wonderland dolls

I made a series of three dolls for Christmas presents for the kids this year. The theme was Alice in Wonderland. I made the March Hare, Alice, and The Mad Hatter. I'm really enjoying learning how to needle sculpt. It's fun to watch the dolls come alive in my hand, as I go through each process.