Sharing a little of my life and how my imagination takes shape into art dolls.
"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, April 04, 2017
Making something new out of old
Years ago when I was teaching cloth dollmaking in India I stitched up some doll bodies for my first classes so that I could initiate ladies into the world of dollmaking. I did this because I found that most of the women who came to learn did not know how to sew. So to make things easier for me and less stressful for the students I thought would first let them learn to stuff and make the body up. Later on they did progress on to learning how to sew. Anyway while clearing up some things in India I found several of these stitched doll bodies. So I decided to give them to the ladies in my doll club and asked them to make up the doll as a challenge. I am looking forward to seeing what each one comes up with. So I too decided to make up one . I started with the face painting first. I did not like it much so decided to do something else. Now it is all painted white and I have to put my thinking cap to see what I can do. I think I will go for a dark shade of colouring and take it from there. The doll pattern is on the blog if you want to download it. Now because either the weave of the fabric is a bit lose or I did not stitch these bodies properly the limbs have a tendency to turn a bit to one side. Painting the doll body helped the limbs to be straight a bit. So let's see how she turns out.
The first picture is when I painted the face but that soon got covered with white paint.😀
I still have a few bodies left so if anyone of you is interested I can send it to you. Just leave a comment in the box to say you would like one set.