Lola and Nelson

Project Description

What are you most proud of? The way Lola sits, looking so elegant, with her little dog, Nelson. They were made from a pattern (available off the Internet) called "Lola and Nelson" by Jill Maas, a lady in New Zealand who has lots of equally gorgeous patterns available. Her website is called "Slightly Weathered Ladies" and I do recommend taking a look - it's fascinating! What advice would you give someone starting this project? You will need finger turning tools (quite easily available off the internet), as I think it would be impossible to make those hands without them. The pattern is very easy and Jill Maas's instructions are very clear.

What you will need

  • Doll velour
  • pima pens
  • doll hair
  • organza
  • net
  • stretch velvet
  • beads
  • ribbon
  • chenille sticks
  • polyester doll stuffing.

Q&A with patz in suffolk

K Lee 2Strings asked:
So sweet! I absolutely love your dolls! You are an amazingly clever lady! How do you get that perfectly beautiful face? And those hands! My gosh, painted nails and all! Gorgeous work.
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you so much, but I assure you that there's nothing clever about making these dolls - the instructions are so clear. As for the face, I just followed the pattern. However, the fingers are quite hard to do until you get the "knack" - using doll velour helps as it's stretchy. I've tried making some hands with ordinary cotton fabric and it's much more difficult. I have a very creepy bag of heads and hands - all experiments - to scare people with!
Helen Cook asked:
She's my favorite! I smile when I look at her She's a redhead, too-like us....another +. Another Great job.
patz in suffolk answered:
I'm glad she makes you smile - that's the reaction I've had from everyone who had seen her. Thank you for your kind comments.
nickersmarie asked:
Hi Patz! These dolls are adorable! I have been busy moving but look forward to doing more fabric projects soon. I have been using the Craftsy class, "From Drab to Fab" to redo some of our antique furniture, and that has been quite fun. I will upload photos soon. Take care, Nicky
patz in suffolk answered:
Hi Marie! So glad you like them! I look forward to seeing your restoration work - rather you than me: I don't think I would have the patience to restore furniture (although, you never know, you might inspire me)!
Darns asked:
She's wonderful! Love the face! And of course the dog! You are so good at making these fabulous dolls.
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you! The dog was funny because, before he had his nose, ears and spots he looked just like a tiny white dinosaur!
klh asked:
Remarkable! Beautiful work!
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you! Much, much easier than you'd think!