Back in 2005 I made a doll as my entry to the Beadworkers Guild Challenge. The theme that year was ‘In Full Bloom’ so I made a flower fairy, and named her ‘Bloomin’ June’ – and was thrilled when she picked up the prize for ‘Member’s Choice’ that year!!!
June was based on a pattern in Patti Medaris Culea’s book ‘Creative Cloth Doll Making‘, but with oodles of beadwork, and was a lot of fun to make. So I was thrilled when a regular visitor to Patchings asked if I could make another doll for her, this time around a green/brown/cream colour theme.
It had to wait until I’d finished moving house, but I’ve been working on the doll on and off for the last month. First off I made the torso and head, and stitched on enormous quantities of hair.
Her eyes are glass, hand-painted with a small amount of glitter.
Once that was done I moved onto the arms and legs, with beaded joints.
I also added a few eyelashes (the individual ones from Boots work a treat).
In the last couple of days I’ve managed to add a headdress…
… and yesterday she got a skirt.
Now I’m frantically couching metallic thread onto her bodice as I’m hoping to finish her soon!