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"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." ~ Georgia O'Keeffe


Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Doll done

So here she is at last! I was quite pleased with her wings how they turned out. Also they were so easy to make. As you know from my previous post that I dyed the stocking. I also dyed some vintage silk buttons which I had found in Paris during one of my visits. I used them on her arms. I could have used them on her cap too but I guess my brain stopped working and I ended up doing the little fruits on her cap the hard way:-). Now she needs a name. I was thinking of Blue Moon but it doesn't seem very suitable. Anybody got any suggestions?




I made the wings by first laying down Soluweb and then on top of it a thin layer of Angelina fusible fibre and then on top of that my silk fibres and then another thin layer of angelina fusible fibres and then on top a layer of Soluweb. I then machine stitched it randomly making sure the whole fabric was covered. Those who are into free motion embroidery know this technique very well in fact all textile artists know this and create wonderful art with it. You can do free motion stitches on it and create designs. I am not good at it so I just straight stitched it. Once I had stitched it several times I washed away the Soluweb.
Again for those who don't know what Soluweb is it is exactly what the name suggests. A web like material used to stabilise fine fabric while embroidering . Once you finish embroidering you can wash away the Soluweb in cold water.
I then shaped the wings with wire, applied glue on one side of the wire and lay it on the fabric. Once the glue was dry I cut around the wire shape leaving a little bit of fabric around the wire shape as you would do while cutting around a pattern leaving some seam allowance. I then put glue on the wire which was visible and folded the fabric over it making sure it stuck onto the wire. I did make a few cuts all around the fabric so that folding over was easy and you could put glue in stages on the wire. Also it did not get messy. That's it it was very easy which is what I like :-)

23 comments:

  1. Oh Shashi, I think she's magical. Honestly - one of my favourite dolls you've created. Her hands and finger placement are stunning, and her face is so beautiful and pensive. She really looks as if she's thinking about her music. I love the costuming in those harmonious greens and blues, which reflect the music from her flute; so I think she should be called Harmony.

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    1. Thank you so much Jules. I think Harmony is a beautiful mame thank you for suggestions it. So Harmony she shall be

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  2. She wonderful!!!!!! You did an amazing job on her face and hands and her lovely costuming:)

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  3. She's perfect Shashi, right down the shoes you weren't totally happy with.. ;o)) As for a name, hmmm, that will probably pop into your head when you least expect it.

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    1. Thank you Ramona I went with Jules suggestion. As for the shoes I would have liked it to be slightly different but oh well what's done is done.

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  4. she looks wonderful, very pretty colours :)you can tell she was a lot of work, but worth it in the end :)

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    1. Thank you Jen she was a lot of work and since I don't do paper clay dolls so it was fun learning new way of doing a doll with clay. Made many mistakes with the hands so redid them several times but all was worth it

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  5. Dear Shashi, she is absolutely beautiful. I saw a sneak preview on Facebook last night and fell in love! I really like the name Harmony as suggested by Jules, but perhaps you could expand it a little to Harmony the Blue Fairy or something like that. I also like Sapphire sprite and another name that keeps coming into my mind is Crysta but I have no idea why.

    I keep thinking of the poem by Rose Fyleman called The fairy flute – do you know it?
    (I won’t put all of it here because it is quite long but I’m sure you would find it online)

    It starts

    My brother has a little flute
    Of gold and ivory,
    He found it on a summer night
    Within a hollow tree.

    And ends

    And none but he can play it
    And none can understand,
    Because it is a fairy flute
    And comes from Fairyland.

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    1. Dear Barbara thank you so much. I went and read the poem it is such a sweet little poem thanks for sharing it as I had not read it before. I too thought Jules suggestion was great so I went with her name. So she is Harmony

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    2. Well don Shashi and Jules - Harmony is perfect!
      Thank you for the link to the MLS library - what a fascinating place. I hope they manage to increase the membership and keep the library going, it would be sad to see it close.

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  6. She is beautiful. Usually I am not a great of blue but i love the colours you have used. :)

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  7. Shashi, she is just BEAUTIFUL. WOW! I love her colors and expression on her face.

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  8. WOW i LOVE her. you do so good with doll making. I love that you made her sitting down playing a flute!

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  9. Thanks Sandy. She was inspired by a cover on a book. As soon as I saw Angela's class doll I thought this pose would suit her.

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  11. She's beautiful, love the colour of her.

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  12. Its a beautiful doll you have created here Shashi .. with various hues of my favorite color blue its just .. magical ! I love the depths which blue has to offer in its all shades. Harmony is a perfect name for her and I loved the way you have made her fingers.. as if in the middle of a flute song .. soluweb seems to be a useful thing . I am hearing about it for the first time dear !

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  13. Thank you Kokila. Soluweb is available in UK and is made there. I don't think it is available in India hence you have not heard of it.

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