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Judy Skeel began as a self taught artist requested to teach her cloth doll figures at doll clubs, quilt shops and doll and quilt conferences in the USA and Canada. She selling her own doll patterns ...

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from With Love from Skeelhaven
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Destiny

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Strong machine sewing skills

Pattern Description:

Destiny, a 17 inch elegant doll is distinguished in sexy stiletto heels that show off her shapely legs and insert into her stand or allow her to stand freely. She can be Gothic in black with a spider tattoo on one breast or by changing the color and clothing options a glorious bride or elegant debutant.

Techniques in this pattern include needle sculpting a cloth face and applying cloth over cloth to hide face seams, step-by-step face color details, detailed bead work to create an elegant collar and wrist bands including the peyote stitch, picot stitch and free form beading as well as painting a faux marble base. Learn secrets to making elegant hands with tips to stitch and turn perfect fingers as well as techniques to properly wire, stuff and shape hands in realistic poses.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 17" in height, plus base


  • 1/2 yard flesh colored 100% cotton fabric
  • 1/4 yard stretch lace for blouse
  • 1/2 yard light weight fabric for skirt -something that drapes well like silk or rayon
  • 1/4 yard stretch lace in a net pattern for fishnet stockings
  • 1/2 yard organza or sheer fabric for under skirt
  • 1/2 yard for cape
  • 1/2 yard for cape lining

You Will Also Need:

  • Fancy thread to top stitch cape
  • Apoxie Sculpt -1/4 pound white
  • Detail paint brush
  • Glossy Acrylic paint: Black -shoe soles
  • Narrow ribbon and trim scraps
  • Pearl cotton -sandal lacing
  • Beading needle
  • 1 oz. #11Seed beads (Black for Gothic), 1 oz. #11 Seed beads (Silver for Gothic)
  • Nymo beading thread to match beads
  • 5 white chenille stems
  • 3-D crystal lacquer
  • White floral tape
  • 1 pair double pointed 2.5 mm knitting needles 8", or 2 sets of small brass tubes. One must easily fit inside the other
  • Wood base
  • 7" square piece of thin cardboard, heavy interfacing or Timtex
  • 24" length 2" diameter feather boa for hair or Tibetan goat skin 6" square approx.
  • Thread to match
  • Freezer paper
  • Sharpie ultra fine point permanent pen
  • Polyester fiberfill - i.e., Airtex Premium
  • Hemostats
  • 18in. 18-gauge wire
  • Tiny finger turning tubes
  • 3" and 5" doll sculpting needle
  • Grrrip glue
  • Fabri-tac glue (To attach Tibetan lamb wig- not needed if using the boa as hair)
  • Mini Iron (Optional)
  • Soldering Iron (Optional)
  • Sand Paper - Fine (Optional)
  • Micron Pigma Pens size 005: Black and Brown,
  • White pastel pencil
  • Gel Pens: White, one each light and dark for eye color and burgundy, red or other lip color
  • Prismacolor Pencils: Terra cotta, blush pink, magenta and black
  • Paper blending stump
  • White acrylic paint
  • Workable Fixatif Spray

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