I have been working hard on my craft since 2004, and I think I have a skill level that shows in my work. I am the do over queen and there are many heads without bodies to suggest that these mistakes drive me to the perfect end. The finished doll always seems to lead to the next doll, one is born out of another. This is why I love making dolls. It is the air I breathe and pretty much defines me. I am a doll maker.

This may sound strange but these bodiless heads and headless bodies speak to me. I have control over the parts and pieces individually, but the position involved in the connection is revealed at the moment the pieces touch one another for the first time. The head moves me to sew it in a certain pose, same with the hands and arms. The whole doll forms itself to be expressive according to its idea of itself.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Two New Dolls to Make

With these two girls, I decided to add a bustline. They have got curves all day long now. This will be fun. I love stretchy knit fabrics, because they show off curves so well. I found this great brown and pink stripe that I have to incorporate. Not sure about the pants yet being the stripe.

I have added some photos of my stages of progress. First, I always start with my torso pattern and after it is sewn I stuff it and then I cover my dowels with batting to make the legs. I have extra batting at top to create the curves of the hip area. I cut 2 holes in the torso to shove the legs into and then pull the corners of the torso in toward the mid area to make a rounder bottom. The extra batting is pulled tight up over the hips and sewn. I have this heavy fabric that I sew to make an under pant leg. This also has extra fabric that gets pulled over the batting at the hip to create a smooth curvaceous bottom..................................

Her boobs start off as 2 some what pizza slice shape pieces of knit that are sewn together and turned and I cut a slit in the back and stuff with polyfill. I pin these in place and sew on to the doll.

Are these two girls the craziest looking pieced together women you ever saw? Dolls always have a Frankenstein phase they go through. Fear not clothing is soon to appear............................


Odddollz by Jacqui said...

They are wonderful!!! I love their "boobs" hehe
I can't wait to see these curvy girls finshed:)


Indigo said...

Love that you gave them boobs. I'm actually liking the striped pants for one of the outfits. Can't wait to see the girls finished. (Hugs)Indigo

Sue said...

Vavoom on the boobs Nat...I think you can have a lot of fun with the added boobs. LOL. I also
like the striped fabric for
pants on one.


Sharon said...

These are absolutely fabulous!
Anxiously awaiting the finished pictures :)

Swell Vintage - Frankie said...

Love the curvy dolls! Amazing x

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

I love your dolls, they have so much energy and are so vivacious!
These girls are spicy!

Eileen said...

The expressions are wonderful! I love your fabulous creations!

snippetgirl said...

I just happened upon you! These are really wonderful. I am an art doll maker as well and am getting back into it. Thanks for the inspiration! Best wishes, Carrie the SnipPet Girl