Monday, July 18, 2011

Painting : Williamstown, Victoria

I went to a watercolour painting workshop on the weekend. This is a little painting that I did of  boats at Williamstown which is a suburb of Melbourne. You can see the city sky line in the background.

This one is of a row of shops in Williamstown. I ran out of time to do it properly, however I can use it as a colour and composition sketch and do the painting again.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dolls! Ella Cloth Doll With Felt Clothing

Lynn Hyland's doll design Ella

Here is my next project. A cloth doll pattern by Lynn Hyland of Li'l Bloke's in Bendigo, Victoria (Australia). This is not my finished doll, but a photo of Lynn's.

I bought this 100% wool felt for the clothes at Mary's shop in Gisborne.

For this design, some of the pattern pieces are glued or traced onto cardboard and then traced on to fabric. The tracing line on the fabric is used as the sewing line. I have lightened the photo so that you can see the sewing lines.

I have modified most of the doll patterns that I have used this year, but for this one I plan to stick to the instructions.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Dolls! Second Painted Cloth Doll Finished

Here is my second painted cloth doll.

Her blusher is a little uneven. I was quite nervous painting the face after having to re-paint the last one, but I will tell myself that a little imperfection adds character and that it shows it is not a mass produced doll.

Here is the second doll posing with the first one I made. I enjoyed making them and will make some more, but I am gearing up to make my next doll which will have clothing made out of mostly lovely 100 per cent wool felt.

And look at this marvellous Op Shop find that I came across this morning. A special edition of Town & Country Collections series on dolls.There are all sorts of articles on old dolls, including Lenci dolls.

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