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1. Moving, going, or growing upward
2. Moving or progressing toward a higher level or degree
Sometimes it seems we are standing in one place, rooted to the spot. And many times we don't like where we have planted ourselves. But if we are willing and are brave enough we can soar above all of the mundane, the ordinary and even the terrible things in life. And oh what a view from above.
But that magical lift isn't the same for everyone and maybe it's not the same every day. You have to search to find that updraft and hope you can ride it to new heights.
Will it be creativity that lifts you up? Or love? Or home? Or adventure? Or family? Or giving? Or belief?
What lifts you?
"Ascending" was designed to allow you to express and explore exactly what it is that helps you to rise above the commonplace.
This doll is made entirely of cloth and measures 15" tall from the tip of her toes to the tip of her chin. The doll's wire and fabric stand lifts her a further 2" off the ground, letting her body float in space. In this advanced level pattern, costume elements are kept to a minimum with only basic draping and simple beading, allowing greater focus on the creation of a beautiful cloth doll face and body. Particular attention is be paid to the drawing, needle-sculpting, and colouring a serene face complete with applied eyelids and eyelashes in the 19 pages of instructions with black and white illustrations.
Instead of just letting the face express emotion, this doll's entire body has been designed, with an arched back, outraised arms and pointed toes, to evoke a sense of rising above it all. The way that the pattern has been drafted means that this doll will automatically take this pose without any difficult needle-sculpting of the body.
You will learn to make this doll from the bottom up, including how to needle-sculpt bare toes, create beautiful smooth body parts, sew and wire articulated fingers, and use a separate neck and ears to create a beautiful, expressive form. Needle-felting will be used to create a smooth hairline and to root the doll's long, luxuriant hair that will cascade down her back, adding to the sense of upward motion.
Finally, let your mind and creativity loose and explore what it is that allows you to rise up by creating a wire and fabric mixed media stand that will both hold your doll up in the air and tell a story of what makes you ascend to new heights.
This dolls looks equally wonderful positioned on her stomach as she looks like she is swimming and I have seen people make this pattern with an aquatic theme that is just lovely.
Please note that this doll is meant for decorative purposes only and is not suitable for children.
Selling information: As with all my doll patterns, purchase of this pattern entitles you to make as many Ascending dolls as you like for your personal use, including, to give as gifts. Purchase of this pattern also entitles you to make up to 12 items of this design per year to sell, provided credit for design is given to Colleen Babcock on all hang tags and flyers. If you are interested in selling larger volumes, please e-mail for more information on purchasing a commercial license.
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Colleen Babcock is a blogger and craft designer offering patterns and PDF tutorials. Colleen has a BFA in Theatre Design & Production from York University in Toronto. Colleen has contributed to Patti Medaris Culea's book Creative Cloth Doll Beading (Quarry Books) as well as Barbara Willis' book Cloth Doll Artistry (Quarry Books) and has been featured in numerous craft and doll magazines, ...
Colleen Babcock is a blogger and craft designer offering patterns and PDF tutorials. Colleen has a BFA in Theatre Design & Production from York University in Toronto. Colleen has contributed to Patti Medaris Culea's book Creative Cloth Doll Beading (Quarry Books) as well as Barbara Willis' book Cloth Doll Artistry (Quarry Books) and has been featured in numerous craft and doll magazines, including Simply Homemade, Art Doll Quarterly and Soft Dolls & Animals. While regularly writing guest posts for popular craft blogs, such as Tatertots & Jello and Whip Up, Colleen keeps the creativity levels high on her own blog, themagicbean.typepad.com.