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About the designer

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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Paisley Praise

from With Love from Skeelhaven
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Paisley Praise
Paisley Praise
Paisley Praise
Paisley Praise
Paisley Praise
Paisley Praise

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • To make this doll one needs sewing machine skills including basic forward stitching in small areas, as well as the ability to turn small narrow pieces

Pattern Description:

Paisley Praise is named for one of the 8 fabrics used to create her gorgeous Renaissance style dress with bell sleeves. Her tattered wings are made of cotton "feathers" on poseable wire. Paisley is kneeling with her arms out stretched and eyes closed giving thanks for all her blessings. A variation, Lady Paisley, can be made with no wings, posed seated with her hands in her lap. Step by step instructions are included for needlesculpting and face painting techniques, in addition to creating this lovely doll body and costume. While kneeling, Paisley measures approximately 12" in tall.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 12 inches tall while kneeling


  • Use cotton or thin fabric like silk for costume
  • Fat half yard 100% cotton tightly woven flesh fabric (Pimatex)
  • 1/2 yard fabric for top skirt
  • 1/2 yard fabric for lining to top skirt
  • Fat quarter fabric for under dress
  • Tulle, 6" by 36" for underskirt
  • 2 fabrics for sleeves measuring 14 by 16 each
  • Fabric for the sleeve caps- 2 pieces 5 by 7 (can be thin velvet or cotton)
  • 1/2 yard of 2 different fabrics solid or prints for the wings
  • 3 yards Sheer ribbon for headdress
  • 1/2 yard Fusible Webbing (Like Wonder Under) for the wings
  • 1/4 yard 1 inch beaded ribbon for waist band
  • Basic hand sewing kit; pins, pin cushion, needles, scissors, etc.
  • Hemostats
  • 1 18" piece of 18 gauge wire
  • White floral tape
  • Grrrip glue (or white tacky craft glue)
  • 10 pipe cleaners
  • 4 feet armature wire

You Will Also Need:

  • Doll sculpting needle
  • Matching thread
  • Thread to top stitch wings, solid or variegated
  • Tiny Finger Turning Tubes
  • 3-D Crystal Lacquer
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Water Soluble Solvy
  • Prismacolor pencils: Terra Cotta, Blush Pink, Magenta and Teal (or colors to match your fabrics for "makeup")
  • White gel pen or white acrylic paint
  • White pastel pencil
  • Micron .005 Black and Brown pens
  • Scrap of felt and/ or stump blenders

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