My doll club had a challenge this year. We exchanged 1/8 yard pieces of batik fabric and challenged each other to make a doll using all twelve fabrics!
Here is what my doll looks like:
Meet Yolanda . . . or Yoyolanda, as I like to call her! As I pondered how to use 12 different fabrics, I thought of using yo-yos. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. I took a head from my "basket of heads" and re-worked the eyes a bit and then started looking for a body pattern. I found one by Sherry Goshon in Soft Dolls & Animals magazine (Heather in Aug/Sep 2003 issue) and it suited that head perfectly!
From there Yolanda pretty much built herself! She did not want a lot of bling, and she told me exactly how to make her "real" yo-yo (two shank buttons wired together with perle cotton wound around the center).
As happy as I am with Yolanda, I was blown away by the dolls made by my fellow club members! People, we have to have the most talented doll makers in the country right here! In my humble 0pinion, of course.
These are just some of the finished dolls. They are all wonderful! I think we did an outstanding job of choosing batik fabrics, too. The colors really complemented each other and make for an outstanding collection!
Good job, ladies! What's next?