Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Sophia is my latest doll, taking sweet wishes to my swap partner Anita.  She has arrived safely, so now I can show you some pix.


Doesn't she look sweet and demure?  I just fell in love with her!  I made her for the Valentine's doll swap on Stitchin' Fingers.










51yiIm-jQiL__SS500_  I started working on her at this month's doll club meeting.  We were making dolls using directions in Ray Slater's latest book, "cloth dolls for textile artists".  This is the same technique as I used for Jan a couple of months ago.

There are very clear directions in the book, but here is a brief recap for those who might be interested.wire2

Step one is to build an armature by bending a length of wire following Ray's instructions (or sort of - my best intentions don't always follow through, proportion-wise!).  

PB140001Then, wrap the wire form with strips of batting and wrap, wrap, wrap until you have built up a body shape you are happy with.  I stitched the batting into place as I went along since I was adding additional "padding" in strategic areas, if you know what I mean!PB140004

At this point it is best to add the head and hands.  I always have a few "spare" heads lying around and find it easy to grab one and enhance the face to suit the doll.  Sometimes I also have hands already made up.  If you don't have a parts supply like this, there are patterns and good directions in the book.

Then you're ready to wrap again, using your chosen fabric this time.  Ray suggest using a stretchy knit - and that is all I've tried so far - but I can see using a woven perhaps cut on the bias.  It's your doll and you can try anything!

The fun part is last - embellishing!  I put skirts on both of mine, but that is not all you can add.  Ray has some excellent samples using couched fibers and threads.  Ribbons are always fun.  And a scattering of beads is almost a requirement! 

I had so much fun with Sophia and Jan.  I have to admit, that when I saw Sophia all curled up in her box ready to leave, I felt a lump in my throat.  So sweet!  I didn't want to part with her.  Anita, you are so lucky I was brave and sent her to her new home!



UteV said...

Hi Liz,
Don't you just hate sticking them into a box??? She turned out wonderful. I may have to give that a whirl. As soon as I'm done with all the other things I want to do.
Just thought I'd tell you how sweet she is.

Annie said...

Liz, she is just marvelous. Thanks for sharing the basics of the technique. Anita really is very lucky and I'm sure she will treasure this beauty forever. (She looks like she got a sleeper car for the trip!)

kay susan said...

Liz, she's lovely! And I think you've improved on your technique, too, since the last one!

Judith said...

She is lovely I can see why you had trouble putting the lid on the box.You have time to make another for yourself,but I guess like so many of the Stitchin Fingers community you are too busy making swaps and challenges.
best wishes Judith.

paulahewitt said...

wow! if i made a doll that nice, I'd keep her! I really want to make some sort of doll for Moo this year - but i might start out a bit more basic than this.

Kay said...

She's darling! Are her leggings wrapped? Or do you make them like clothes.

quiltcrazygal said...

Liz I love her and I learned so much from your instructions. Now I have to have that book. Thank you for sharing. Jenna Louise

Kirsten said...

She is beautiful Liz.
Very interesting to see how she is made.
Thanks for sharing!