Sometimes it seems like I am working hard and getting nowhere.
I spent most of the weekend working on my doll but haven’t made the progress I’d hoped for. In my defence I’m not on top form. I seem to have caught a bit of a cold.
Anyway, although it’s been slow going things have moved on.
I’m sticking with this head – unless I make a bad mistake with the face or hair and feel I need to start again.
I’ve never claimed my dolls have any likeness to the person they are impersonating, but I’d prefer them not to look like someone else either! This chap is looking a bit like Bradley Wiggins at the moment but I’ve a lot more work to do on the hair which should make a difference.
I’ve got the body stuffed today
And I’ve started on the ‘accessories’. Can you guess who it’s supposed to be yet?
Here’s a BIG clue ( for some people anyway)……………………
I’ve finished my latest cushion (in between working on my doll) and it’s for sale in the ETSY shop today.
Short post today. It’s 8.00pm here in the UK and I’ve had a busy day.
We have just eaten our evening meal – spaghetti and meatballs – and now we are settling down in front of the TV.
The days are short at the moment and I can’t work in electric light so I closed up the craft room at around 5.00pm
I’m happy with the progress I have made though
Jeans on each leg, hands sorted and a head done. I might use this head or I might make another and chose the best. This one might be a bit girlie.
Not much new here to help you guess who it is, but you may spot that he has brown eyes.
If you go back to my earliest post - ihttp://raggleberry.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/19/ - you will see that in a former crafting life, not so long ago, I made cloth dolls. You can see photos of these if you click on the link to the dolls page above.
All of the dolls you see – except for the wedding couple – were made for friends and family so I charged very little. Eventually I decided not to make any more. Don’t get me wrong – I was flattered that peopled liked the dolls enough to ask me to make one and I enjoyed making them. It was just taking up too much of my spare time.
This week, out of the blue, I get a message via ETSY asking if I would make a doll…
I said ‘yes’ and so far it’s going well. Body and arms sewn. Legs partly stuffed. Mind you this is the easy part. It’s the head, face and hair that take the time.
Work in Progress
He’s somebody famous, he wears boots and the black part of the body is made from denim. The yellow and beige fabric will be used. I know there are very few clues but has anybody got any idea who it might be?
If I had my way I would spend every day crafting but, alas, I have a ‘day job’. There’s also the question of a bit of housework and some washing and ironing to do occasionally. Oh! and we have to feed ourselves too – so shopping and cooking need to be fitted in somehow.
I’ve recently started being strict with myself about what I do and when I do it. So far, it’s working really well. I’m not wasting time deciding whether I should tackle the ironing or finish that cushion. From Monday to Thursday I don’t go near the sewing machine. So- usually on a Sunday evening- I put the machine away, fold up my sewing table and close the craft cupboard doors. My work room becomes our conservatory again.
This way, during the week, I can concentrate on the must do, mundane things in life without my artistic side getting in the way. More importantly the must do, mundane things don’t encroach into my crafting weekends.
It’s all about balance and for the moment I think I’ve got it about right.
So…it’s ironing tonight – must get on.
It’s Sunday night so back to work tomorrow.
I didn’t get my cushion finished but I’m pleased with it so far.
In my experience there are three types of projects:-
1. The one that looks like a dog’s dinner until right at the end when it all comes together.
I used to make Christmas tree decorations that involved gluing fabric to polystyrene balls. They were awful until I covered the seams with some fabulous ribbon or braid and then they were transformed. This has taught me to carry on until the end no matter how unpromising things look part way through. Of course some things are a disaster from beginning to end but you have to persevere – just in case.
2. The one that works like a dream.
You know what I mean. You have an idea in your head and without any unpicking of seams or re-cutting of fabric it all comes together without a hitch just as you envisaged.
3. The one where it looks fabulous whilst you are working on it and then when it’s finished it’s just not right.
These are the most frustrating because it’s often my own fault when this happens. An embellishment too many perhaps. A colour added at the last minute that spoils the whole thing. Or a stupid mistake that means hours of work has been wasted.
Well I was really pleased with my partly made cushion yesterday and although I’d made some decisions I still wasn’t wholly confident with the flower. I spent an hour or so this morning experimenting with various options before putting another stitch in the cushion cover itself.
I’ve had moments of doubt and I did think I was heading along the lines of number 3. but in the end it’s all come together nicely. Just the pink petals to add to the flower shapes and it’s done. So…
One messy work room
One almost finished cushion
And one fairly successful weekend.
It’s too dark to carry on so I’ve packed up for tonight.
I got on very well this morning. I quilted some cotton and attached it to some pretty, pink, linen mix fabric to make the front of my cushion. Now for the rose motif.
I’ve just bought some lovely 100% wool felt in a natural ecru colour and I really wanted to use this but then I had second thoughts. I messed around with several ideas, discarded some but I haven’t made a final decision yet. Sometimes it’s better to sleep on it.
So… felt flower?
…or frayed fabric flower?
…or a fabric band to give extra colour?
Actually – I think looking at the photos has helped me decide.