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Annabel

Annabel

One of my older pieces . . . 2002, I believe. Original design.


Another Pink Jester

Another Pink Jester

Another one by Julie's Jess pattern. Cotton velvet, quilter's cotton, organza ribbon, vintage sequins, bells, silk ribbon . . . 2008.


Another Pink Jester, Closeup

Another Pink Jester, Closeup

Polysuede head and hands. The 'gold' discs on his headpiece have words on them: 'dream' on one and 'create' on the other.


Autumn

Autumn

Original design. Cotton, painted and embellished with various bits and pieces. Silk ribbon headdress. 2003


Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Test doll for Mary Tressler's online class, Birds. Her "feathers" are silk flower petals. 2006


Bird of Paradise closeup

Bird of Paradise closeup


Blind Man's Bluff: Searching for Reality

Blind Man's Bluff: Searching for Reality

Original design, 2004. Body fabric is painted and stamped, then overdyed with Dy-Na-Flow paints after stuffing. His hair is quiviut, a souvenir from a son's trip to Alaska.


Butterfly Queen

Butterfly Queen

Original design, made for on-line swap (partner sent a bag of stuff to make something out of). Cotton and polysuede body; clothes are cotton and organza; hair is fancy yarn. 2006.


Dressing Up

Dressing Up

Made from a combination of the patterns in Patti Culea's book Creative Cloth Doll Making. Her clothing is mostly silk blouses from Goodwill; the overskirt is a crocheted lace collar. Not shown in this picture, but she was seated in a bird's nest on a branch stand. 2005.


Dressing Up, closeup

Dressing Up, closeup


Flower Goddess

Flower Goddess

Original design. Body is sponge-painted muslin, trimmed with deconstructed 'silk' flowers, beads, ribbons. Beaded face. 2008.


Flower Goddess closeup

Flower Goddess closeup


Hagar

Hagar

Original design. I was experimenting with bare feet . . . with fairly good results, I think. Tibetan lamb hair, bits of thrift store blouses for most of her clothes (though I did buy the stripe). 2004.


Hagar closeup

Hagar closeup


Halloween Snippet

Halloween Snippet

Another from Julie's Snippets pattern. Cottons, lace, beads, mohair. 2009.


Hilda and Marguerite

Hilda and Marguerite

Hilda is made from one of Mimi Winer's patterns, but I can't remember which one. Marguerite's pattern is by Rainie Crawford. This was my Hoffman Challenge entry for 2000, and she was part of the traveling show.


Kate Sings the Star-Spangled Banner

Kate Sings the Star-Spangled Banner

Made from Jill Maas' High Octave Hester pattern. My first attempt at one of her patterns. 2010


Leda Redux

Leda Redux

My interpretation of the fable of Leda and the Swan . . . my original design. The ultrasuede swan, however, is a pattern by Margaret Hutchings, from her book Modern Soft Toy Making. (Modern, in this case, being the late 60s/early 70s, I believe.)


Long Tall Sally

Long Tall Sally

Made for a challenge, completely from oddments I had lying around. Bendable arms and legs, obviously. 2009.


Martha's Inner Child closeup

Martha's Inner Child closeup


Martha's Inner Child Emerges

Martha's Inner Child Emerges

My original pattern. I had these purple and scarlet feather thingies, and the scarlet roving . . . she evolved from there. Black and white checks are so classic . . . 2005


Mother Frost

Mother Frost

Made in 2006 for the DollStreet Snow and Winter Challenge. Julie McCullough's "Secret Keepers" pattern, again. Skirt embroidered with seed beads, vest with seed beads and vintage sequins, scarf crocheted by me.


Mother Frost Closeup

Mother Frost Closeup


New Year's Rat

New Year's Rat

Jennifer Carson pattern, made for the Year of the Rat. Wool felt and polysuede, cotton jacket trimmed with beads. Movable arms and legs. 2007.


Pink Jester

Pink Jester

Made from Julie McCullough's "Jess" pattern. Velveteen body, various cottons for the rest. 2006


Prince Charming

Prince Charming

My original pattern. Clothing is mostly thrift-store silk, painted ultrasuede shoes, oddments of beading, feathers on hat from Daddy's chickens. 2005, I think.


Purple Jester

Purple Jester

Another "Jess" interpretation. Purple polysuede, quilting cottons, suede fringe. 2006


Queen of All She Surveys

Queen of All She Surveys

Hoffman Challenge entry for 2001 (? I think). My original design.


Rebecca

Rebecca

Based very, very loosely on an old photo of one of my great-great grandmothers, who raised chickens (as I do). The body and some of the clothes are from Mary Tressler's pattern The Goodwife, but I alone am responsible for the chicken. 2005


Siren

Siren

Another older piece, probably 2001. My original design; not entirely successful, but I do like her tail. The rock is paper mache over styrofoam, and her hair is marabou.


Spring Goddess

Spring Goddess

Made for a swap on the LikeMinded Threads list, this is my original pattern. Handmarbled fabric (not by me, alas), embroidered and beaded. 6" tall, 006


Storyteller—The First Rhinoceros

Storyteller—The First Rhinoceros

Original pattern by me (doll); rhinoceros pattern by Margaret Hutchings, from a vintage soft toy book. Storyteller's hat is a piece of sequined trim, clothes are either painted muslin or thrift-store silk. Rhinoceros is sponge-painted ultrasuede. Base is a wooden piece from Michael's, painted and decoupaged with rhinoceros pictures (from a book Mom found in her dentist's waiting room). 2001.


Stump Witch

Stump Witch

Stump doll made from Magic Threads pattern 'Secret Keeper.' Various cottons, beads, laces. The cat has now been lost, unfortunately . . . 2007.


The Duchess Cooks!

The Duchess Cooks!

Made from Julie McCullough's Secret Keeper pattern. The idea was born when I came across a package of giant plastic beans at the local craft store . . . 2005.


The Knave

The Knave

My original design, loosely inspired by Maxfield Parrish illustrations. His eyebrows are felted . . . a first for me! Once again, clothing is mostly thrift store finds. 2005


The Knave, closeup

The Knave, closeup


The Soothsayer

The Soothsayer

My original pattern. Cotton batik with beading, silk pantaloons, chicken feather headdress. Pedestal is a wooden piece from the hardware store. 2005.


Tipsy Christmas Fairy

Tipsy Christmas Fairy

My original pattern, made in 2006 for DollStreet's Wacky Fairy challenge. Ultrasuede beaded shoes, crocheted fun fur hair. Her wings are poinsettia petals, and the glass is a wedding favor I'd saved.


Tipsy Christmas Fairy Closeup

Tipsy Christmas Fairy Closeup


Twilight Goddess

Twilight Goddess

My original pattern, wall piece made for a swap in the Goddess Dolls group. Quilter's cotton body with beading, net and silk ribbons, dyed mohair hair. 2010


Valentine Snippet

Valentine Snippet

Made from Julie McCullough's 'Snippets' pattern, for a Valentine swap.


Valentine Snippet's heart

Valentine Snippet's heart

Wool felt with embroidery, vintage buttons.


Western Sunset

Western Sunset

Original design, made for the IOLCC show in 2004. I fell in love with this fabric, and went from there . . . too much is just about enough, in this case!


Western Sunset, closeup

Western Sunset, closeup


Willie

Willie

Adapataion of Marcel, by Mary Tressler. The original pattern was for a Mardi Gras clown . . . but Willie had other ideas. 2006


Witch Challenge

Witch Challenge

Mary Tressler pattern, made for witch challenge, 2007? Doll is polysuede with dyed mohair hair. Clothes are quilter's cottons, and hat is felt and net.


Woman of Character

Woman of Character

Test doll for Mary Tressler's pattern. Her clothes are thrift-store silk; hair is dyed roving that someone gave me about ten years ago, accented with fake orchids and spiderwort! 2006


Woman of Character closeup

Woman of Character closeup


Yemaya

Yemaya

Original design, made for club ugly fabric challenge. Cotton overlaid with net and yarns, beads. Beaded hair, embossed metal mask. 2003, I think.