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New doll commission

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 is busting out all over...

June is busting out all over...

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.

Start of the new doll

Start of the new doll

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.

Enjoying the sunshine

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…

Stars and flowers and leaves...

… and yesterday she got a skirt.

Lots of different fabrics went into the skirt...

...together with some machine embroidery.

Now I’m frantically couching metallic thread onto her bodice as I’m hoping to finish her soon!