One of my older pieces . . . 2002, I believe. Original design.
Another one by Julie's Jess pattern. Cotton velvet, quilter's cotton, organza ribbon, vintage sequins, bells, silk ribbon . . . 2008.
Polysuede head and hands. The 'gold' discs on his headpiece have words on them: 'dream' on one and 'create' on the other.
Original design. Cotton, painted and embellished with various bits and pieces. Silk ribbon headdress. 2003
Test doll for Mary Tressler's online class, Birds. Her "feathers" are silk flower petals. 2006
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.
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.
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.
Original design. Body is sponge-painted muslin, trimmed with deconstructed 'silk' flowers, beads, ribbons. Beaded face. 2008.
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.
Another from Julie's Snippets pattern. Cottons, lace, beads, mohair. 2009.
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.
Made from Jill Maas' High Octave Hester pattern. My first attempt at one of her patterns. 2010
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.)
Made for a challenge, completely from oddments I had lying around. Bendable arms and legs, obviously. 2009.
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
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.
Jennifer Carson pattern, made for the Year of the Rat. Wool felt and polysuede, cotton jacket trimmed with beads. Movable arms and legs. 2007.
Made from Julie McCullough's "Jess" pattern. Velveteen body, various cottons for the rest. 2006
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.
Another "Jess" interpretation. Purple polysuede, quilting cottons, suede fringe. 2006
Hoffman Challenge entry for 2001 (? I think). My original design.
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
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.
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
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 doll made from Magic Threads pattern 'Secret Keeper.' Various cottons, beads, laces. The cat has now been lost, unfortunately . . . 2007.
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.
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
My original pattern. Cotton batik with beading, silk pantaloons, chicken feather headdress. Pedestal is a wooden piece from the hardware store. 2005.
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.
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
Made from Julie McCullough's 'Snippets' pattern, for a Valentine swap.
Wool felt with embroidery, vintage buttons.
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!
Adapataion of Marcel, by Mary Tressler. The original pattern was for a Mardi Gras clown . . . but Willie had other ideas. 2006
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.
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
Original design, made for club ugly fabric challenge. Cotton overlaid with net and yarns, beads. Beaded hair, embossed metal mask. 2003, I think.