Thank You Card

Thank you card

Just a quick post today to show you a ‘thank you’ card I made a couple of weeks ago.

 

 

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Making a Doll Pattern

I haven’t finished my first doll yet, but I wanted a challenge over Christmas, so decided to have a bash at making my own doll pattern (I never like to take the easy option!)….but how to go about it?

I did my initial sketches:

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I want to make a faun. I have lots of ideas, I know I want to make quirky dolls from now on!

I started by making a template out of air-drying clay:

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Then I removed the horns and ears and drew on the seams. I used pins and tissue paper to make templates with darts in:

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I then tried it out of a cheap piece of white fabric:

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This is the result. It needs a bit of tweaking (hence the pins). The purple pen lines will fade as it’s a light soluble  fabric pen.

The next steps are to do the same thing with the body and to trial both in the proper fabric….which I still have to decide on!

Handmade Christmas Presents – Faux Leather Notebooks

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I can finally show you some of the handmade Christmas presents I made for my friends and family.

They are faux leather notebooks made using a mix of glycerin and water on brown kraft card, which I then embossed. I then inked them, glued in the fabric inserts and vanished them. You can see the process here. I didn’t find the spray varnish very good though. It made them rough and scratchy, so I bought a small pot of clear satin wood varnish from Wilko.

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I then glued and hammered on the metal corners (or with the fancy ones, just glued) and added the cord and charms to the spine.

I think they went down quite well. Sadly I didn’t make any spare ones!

Doll’s Shoes

So it turns out making shoes for dolls is quite tricky. Considering I’m pretty inexperienced in sewing, I’m quite pleased with how well they fit.

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It’a a dull day, so the photo isn’t great, the colours are more vivid in real life.

 

I made them using some fabric I designed myself which we had printed. You can see I still need to neaten up the stitches and there is a tiny pull in the front of one of them which I plan to cover up with a bow.

 

It’s fun messing around with patterns. I made a mock up version out of a sheet and played around with it until I had a rough design. Then I used my printed fabric.

Making Dolls

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For my Mum’s birthday, I bought us both a ticket for a doll making workshop. It was great. It was run by Jan Horrox (https://janhorrox.co.uk/) over a weekend. We got the flesh coloured fabric, stuffing, some other tools and the pattern. We were encouraged to use it in any way we wanted. There was a face design you could use, but we both designed our own.

Mum and I went slowly, so we didn’t quite finish by the end of the weekend. I’ve done the arms, legs, body and hair, but I am working on the dress at the moment. I’ll add more photos once she’s finished 🙂

Distressed Flowers

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I’ve just had another Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink pad arrive in the post (fossilized amber)…….I seem to love everything Tim creates…if only I were rich or he lived close enough to marry…..although of course he may not be single…or straight?…..I decided to try the ink pad out.

I’m developing some sketches/designs from some flowers I photographed over the weekend. This is one of the backgrounds I came up with.

Firstly I laid a base of various layers of Distress Oxide (cracked pistachio, fossilized amber and wilted violet) by ‘smushing’ them …not sure if I like that word, sorry Tim, think you use that… onto a piece of acetate, spraying with water and then pressing the watercolour paper down on top. I thought it needed a hit of pink…oh no, I used another cliché…but ‘pop’ sounds worse….. but as I didn’t have any other colours of oxide, I just used a normal Distress Ink pad (picked raspberry).

I then traced my design over the top and used a paintbrush and water to take off some of the colour.

I’ll be interested to see what everyone else is doing with their Distress Oxides.

If you want to see another way I’ve used them, have a look at this post where I’ve used them in cards.

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