Wednesday, 4 September 2019
I began to make the doll's clothes , I had cut out the patterns and these , at present are spread out over my table . Due to hospital appointments I couldn't begin to make them up . So needed to put together a small hand sewing project I could do while in the hospital waiting room .
I decided to make the new cloth doll (17th century) a set of bed covers and pillows .
I quickly drew on a simple pattern with a pencil and grabbed a handfull of crewel wool , a needle and my scissors and stuffed them into my handbag .
Actually I had a little helper who came to start it off for me . I know there are a lot of you out there , who love old dolls/poppets .
I have a soft spot for cloth/rag dolls . This is one of my favourite dolls . She is an English historical re-enactment doll , dressed in 1400-1500 period clothes .
I have been trying to find out who made her .
I love her and she is very helpful as you can see .
Easy to roll up and stuff into my handbag .
It it surprising how many little empty moments of "waiting" we have in our lives ....I quickly stitched this while waiting at the petrol station .
Waiting for our lunch at the local supermarket cafe .
I sat in the hospital waiting room stitching away , while waiting for my husband who had a very long appointment with the doctor .
I managed to complete the middle flower .
Very fluffy blue wool , for some reason ....but it's o.k ..this doesn't have to be perfect..it's just for a dolly's bed .
I,ve been doing a little more , propped up on my pillows, before sleep ....
.............sometimes forgetting how late it is !
Nice and easy , making it up as I go along , slow and comforting crewel embroidery . 17th century style bed cover for the new cloth doll .
To be continued ...... :)
Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Friday, 23 August 2019
It's doll making season again ....well it is for me . Early Autumn always fills me with dolly inspiration .
I love making dolls and have made using patterns and some with my own patterns .
You may remember I had begun to make an Antique Izannah Walker inspired cloth and paper-clay doll . The pattern I am using here is the one that Dixie Redmond of Northdixie Designs has so generously shared on her blog .
" This doll was made with Dixie Redmond's free doll pattern "
link - http://www.northdixiedesigns.com/2007/08/free-izannah-walker-inspired-body.html
Her blog is delightful and full of advice and tips for making /collecting these charming dolls . Her own reproduction dolls are just so beautiful ! Do take a look at her blog at the link above .
So for me...sigh ...life happened..and my doll was put aside ....and when I took her out again , my absolutely gorgeous 3 year old grand-daughter looked at me with those eyes ....and said " I want one ! "
...and so , I began to make a more child friendly version , all cloth doll , just for her .
So here she is , as just begun .
With it being the beginning of Autumn here in Cornwall and how we have been enjoying Poldark on television , we thought that she should have Demelza's beautiful long red hair .
My doll has more intricately stitched fingers and thumbs (see pictures above )..I simplified my Grand-daughter's dolly hands .
What do you think ?
Well ..dolly loves her new red/orange hair !
I am still working on her face...this is not too bad to start off with ..the eyes will be much bigger and I will put a few stitches in to give the impression of ears .
I want to inspire my little sweetheart grand-daughter to love embroidery and so I have stitched a good sampler of many simple stitches ....maybe soon she can have a go at a simple piece of embroidery .
Dolly ! Are you climbing on the chair ? Do be careful !
It could tip over !
A closer look at dolly's hair .
I have embroidered her little slippers , as Marla-Rose is inclined to take off dolls clothes and shoes and then they become lost forevermore !
So with Autumn coming in , I am feeling inspired and have lots of needlework to do .
I have pretty much finished this piece.
I have a small piece of cork-board ready to block , straighten and flatten the piece .
Then it will be ready for me to make into the front cover of a cloth book ....my telephone and address book ! So then I have to make up the book and I,m going to embroider the pages inside ....yes..it is going to take a long time ..but I am enjoying every minute of it .
I wish you a relaxing and peaceful weekend .
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Today is our 42nd wedding anniversary and I had embroidered us both into my picture .
It should have been a happy day . . . but our beautiful , faithful , little dog Milly passed away yesterday , peacefully . . . . she was very old and had been poorly for some months , but we had made sure her every last days were full of love , fun and little treats . She was the softest and sweetest natured little Jack Russell in the whole world .
We are all heartbroken .
I will embroider her into my picture , but not today , I am too fragile , it would be too hard for me to do . Too weepy .
She loved to sit in the sunshine in the front porch and any visitors would be greeted by her little face at the porch door window , tail wagging with joy .
The cottage and garden feel empty without her and I am so , so sad .
I,m finding this embroidery very hard to continue right now ....I,m finding it hard to do anything at all .
Monday, 1 July 2019
Time for an update ! It's been a very busy time out in my garden and then I had Flu which knocked me for six ! I have still worked on this little scrap of embroidery . A little more every day .
I,m using crewel wool . I,m calling it my Cornish Folk Embroidery with Crewel Wool . It's what I do . It's the way I love to do my embroideries .
As I stitch I feel all my cares and worries melt away .
The sun is shining in the big blue Cornish sky , any clouds just passing us by .
Happy families down at the beach , ice lollies , sandcastles , surf boards , pasties and fun !
And so I stitched , and brought in my friends . The Blue tits are nesting in that bird house .
The fat Owl who lives in our towering Pine tree .
We have had a pair of Ravens nesting up there too this year . It has been beautiful to watch them raising their three chicks .
I will have to put them in here somewhere ....and my grandson says " What about the Woodpeckers that are nesting up there too ? You must do a Woodpecker ! We love to see the Woodpeckers ! " .... I will have to put hem in somewhere too !
........and the Badgers ....beautiful creatures .
" Don't forget my Sweetpeas ! " says my husband " Our garden seat and the towering Giant Echium with the buzzing bees ! "
Sorry it's a bit blurred !
Beautiful fox quietly passing through .
Blackbird hopping through the undergrowth . They have a nest nearby .
I might change him slightly, change the colour of his eyes and feet ...and finish filling in the trunk of the towering Pine tree .
Another little Blue Tit .
The new garden seat . A nice place to sit and do my embroidery , close my eyes and listen to the birds and the bees .
Hope you are enjoying the sunshine . Hope it is not too hot for you , take care . Drink more water . Keep cool . Enjoy ! x
Wednesday, 3 April 2019
The weather has been glorious here in the far South West of Cornwall and I have been very busy in the garden , especially the vegetable garden .
I have still been doing a little of this embroidery every day , but not had time to take the photos and upload them for you .
As you already know , I am just making this up as I go and this week I have been enchanted by all the Spring flowers appearing out in the lane and on our Cornish Hedge . One of my favourites is the Vinca Major , the Greater Periwinkle...or as I call them " Pretty Blue Windmills " . I have several different varieties of it and am on the look out for others , mainly because it seems to always be in flower all through the year . It dances through the bushes , skips along our Cornish hedge , it makes for a delightful ground-cover .
I thought they would make for a pretty border in my embroidery .
Some have variegated leaves and some are plain green .
I know it is not perfectly stitched , but I am enjoying myself with it and feeling happy and relaxed .
Cold weather has returned !
Like pretty blue windmills turning in the wind ...and the weather has turned windy too ! It is cold again and we are having rain with hailstones .
I have come in from the garden , to be warm beside the fire .
The flowers appear all different shades of blue from light sky blue to cornflower blue through to violet .
Happily stitching me .
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