Project Description

What are you most proud of? This was my very first attempt at ornamental doll-making (she's not a toy and is quite unsuitable to be given to a child) and I'm surprised that she turned out so well. There are things about her that I got wrong (the face is a bit of a strange shape, for example), but I'm pleased that she has a reasonably pleasant expression on it! I must mention that the inspiration and pattern came from the book "Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls" by Jan Horrox. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Read the instructions thoroughly first! I didn't, and ended up wasting an awful lot of fabric and unpicking lots of mistakes that could have been avoided if I'd taken the time to read. Also, be sure to use strong thread to attach the arms and legs (the doll is jointed and capable of being posed in different positions). I'd just finished mine and was showing her proudly to my husband when her legs fell off! Oh well - it's all a learning curve!

What you will need

  • Cotton fabric
  • silks
  • tulle

Q&A with patz in suffolk

Caraline2 asked:
very nice, Im not good with dolls, too many arms and legs. and I can never get the head to stop wobbling
patz in suffolk answered:
I think I may change the head on this one - the face is a bit flat (and she's got a double chin!) and I'm teaching myself (from the same book) to make a sculpted face. Although, in retrospect, I may make a whole new doll. The way these are constructed, you'd have difficulty in making the head wobble!
quiltmom8652 asked:
She is adorable!
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you! The more I look at her the less adorable I think she is - will make her a much prettier sister (or perhaps an ugly sister - we'll have to see how she turns out)!
banjolady asked:
She is just gorgeous
patz in suffolk answered:
Thank you! She was fun to make.
banjolady asked:
Love the eyes
patz in suffolk answered:
The face was the easiest part of this - to draft it I used one of those pens that have disappearing ink in them. That way it was easy to draw it and fiddle around until I was satisfied with it. I don't like her nose, though!
quiltmom8652 asked:
Her feet crack me up! She is darling in so many ways.
patz in suffolk answered:
Yes, they ARE a bit big, aren't they? Still - that is one of her more minor imperfections!