Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cloth Doll Creativity

(Please excuse her nakedness!)

Happy Sunday Everyone!
Recently I purchased a craft book at Joann's about cloth dolls. I had not been thinking of making dolls, I just saw this book cover and fell in love. It is written by Barbara Willis and published by Quarry Books.


I must have read it 5 times before I began. It is one of those books that is inspiring just to look at, at least for me it is. Barbara has three different dolls you can make, starting with easy, then the one I chose and there is also one that has a sculpted face (much harder).

(These hands were a learning experience!)

I am happily up to my ears in fabric and lace working on my "Marie" doll.
I thought I might show you how she is coming along....

I still need to add makeup and shading. It was "interesting" painting on a round soft surface!

Her bloomers are made of a delicate fine lawn. The blue in the background is the material I am using for her dress. It is not actually this green, but more blue.

I finished them with a fine silk ribbon.


Here she is with the first part of her bodice. I have used trimmed vintage lace on the turquoise silk linen fabric.


And her underskirt is made of gorgeous Duponi silk, trimmed with more vintage lace.

Today I am working on her over skirt and her sleeves. I have ordered Tibetan Goat hair for her head from Barbara. I hope it will arrive this week. Marie does not enjoy being bald!

Thank you for stopping in. I hope you are all doing very well today. I so appreciate you taking the time to come by and comment.
Hugs,
Terri

32 comments:

Effie said...

She's looking good....very queenly!

Janet Ghio said...

She is going to be so great!! Beautiful face and you did an excellent job on her hands!!

Tina Eudora said...

Oh I really love her Terri! I also got inspired by the magazine "Prims" to try making some dolls and although they are on hold right now(other projects took priority)I am loving the process too! I would love to know how to order the Tibetan Goat hair if you could add a link as I am not to the hair part yet.
I can hardly wait to see yours when it is finished...
Tina xo

Princesa Nadie said...

Thay book must be marvelous.I love that kind of dolls .
Yours is lovely! I would like see it again with hair...I imagine it really like a princess
Love

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh wow, she looks so great and you just did a fantastic job! Way to go! I can't wait to see her when she is all dolled up!

Nancy

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh my, she's looking gorgeous. Amazing that you should see the book and be so inspired, I love how different we all are..

chrissy o said...

wow love this am going to buy the book
hugs chrissy xx

Queen of Dreamsz said...

She's on her way to becoming fabulous! I've enjoyed seeing each step of the way..can't wait to see the over skirt and sleeves.

Have a wonderful day,
Stephanie ♥

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

How cute!!! My mother loves dolls and hand-made dresses. She's really like this. I love the colors you picked out. I can't wait to see what "Marie" looks like with her complete outfit and a full head of hair :) :) :) Have a great week!!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Createology said...

She is very lovely and what an excellent job you are doing. I am green with envy as I have been wanting to make a cloth doll forever. She is beautiful! Happy creating...

Darcy said...

ooo i am very impressed, she is lovely. I have a few cloth doll books, but have only made one so far...must make more!

Norma said...

That book was a great find, and your little darling is gorgeous already so I can only imagine how breathtakingly beautiful she'll be when finished.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Terri, she is turning out beautifully! I can't wait to see her finished!

Diane said...

Terri, I don't blame you at all for reading the book over and over again! The costumes on the cover are enchanting! I can see why you want to try your hand at making them. She's beautiful so far. You did great turning those slender pieces!
Diane

Maminka Girl - Loribeth said...

She is lovely! Can't wait to see her in all her finished finery. Great job. Loribeth

Msartist said...

Hi Terri, Thought I would say hi before I am off for my trip and daughters wedding~ Your doll is turning out quite beautiful. I love the bloomers, ribbon and choice of colors! I can't wait to see her complete. I love the rosaries that you found in France and all the Fri. tid bits from your trip. Have a wonderful week or so~ I have pics of the shower on my crafty blog. All my best, Theresa

Alison said...

Terri she is going gto be beautiful
Alison

Claudia said...

You are creating a beautiful doll. Love her face and her clothes are gorgeous. Can't wait to see the next step.

xo
Claudia

Lynn said...

Oh my goodness Terri, she is beautiful already :) You are so talented. I have made dolls before but nothing like this. The hands are perfect and her under garments are so soft and delicate, fit for a Queen :)

CIELO said...

I will be joining you for tea tomorrow... add another cup for me please... ;)

My post is already up

cielo

Catherine said...

Terri,
You are such a talented "artiste"
She is lovely.
Catherine

Dawn said...

WOW Terri she looks amazing and the hands are SUPER! oh to ba able to make some thng like this I'm in awh of you yet again. SO talented!

Love Dawn xx

Vicki said...

Oh, Terri,
You are so talented!! Your Marie is so pretty, and I can't wait to see her when she is finished. Thank you for sharing your amazing art. I also enjoyed your French post, as I always do. If I ever went to one of those flea markets, I would be tempted to throw out my clothes and pack my suitcase with treasures!!! Hope you are having a beautiful day, and I will be joining you for tea tomorrow~ Vicki

Ragamuffin Gal said...

I am so impressed with all of the intricate details you are crafting so wonderfully! Her face is darling and so are her undies! I am loving the idea of creating a doll ~ cannot wait to see what happens next! All my best for a creative week! Katie

Kim said...

She's beautiful Terri...Can't wait to see her with her hair! xoxo

Debby said...

Terri, she is truly amazing, her face is just beautiful. Hope you are having a great summer.
Hugs,
Debby

Honey Lamb and I said...

Wow I am so impressed with you!! How fun! ~Shelley O.

Linda said...

Oh Terri I am in awe of your doll....she is going to be amazing; I can't wait to see her completed! What patience you must have to stitch those hands :-)

Rita said...

What a marvelous find Terri, I bet you have had great fun creating her too. Now I can't wait to see her finished. A beautiful family heirloom I would think. Hugs Rita xxx

Johanna said...

Terri, what a beautiful doll. Those hands are so cute and I can see how much work it was to sew them. But turned out wonderful. And so nice to see how you dress her. I am curious what will follow and how she looks with the hair.
Greetings, Johanna

Marlynn said...

WOW WOW WOW - ain't she a grand ole dame (Marie not you)! LOL You are doing a marvelous job with this doll. You never cease to amaze me with your talents! Hugs!

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