19.10.13

Sometimes I finish something

Last week I started at least three different projects, but I also finally finished one.

 

I used yarn that I had bought years ago to crochet a poncho with. I kept forgetting the pattern and made mistake after mistake. So I pulled out what I had made so far (not much) and started an easier pattern, one that I had tried before and that looked nice. 


I made a very long scarf (I am very tall so most scarfs don't fit me that well). And I made wrist warmers using the same yarn and stitch, but I made up the pattern myself (not that hard).



I would love to make more of these to sell, so let me know if you'd be interested.
















11.10.13

From my great grandmother's sewing basket...

My great grandmother's sewing basket is like a treasure chest. Although I would like to keep it intact, I also like using the materials that she collected and used herself.







8.10.13

Making a companion


Making one doll is one thing, but making another... that's a whole new challenge. I was eager to see what would happen with a new batch of wool. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to create a more pronounced nose.


Very quickly a character appears. I have no real control over it.


At this point I am still convinced I am creating a girl. Albeit an older one...


She's not a very pretty one. She reminds me of a friend of the family, so I start calling her Ruth.


She's waiting for me to finish her hand.




But then something shifts. It happens when I am working on the hair. This rather ugly girl turns out to be a boy.


 I think they look rather beautiful together.


1.10.13

Making a felt doll

Last week I started working with wool and a needle. A sweet face grew in my hands. I draped some soft wool around her head to see what she would look like with hair.
Then I created a hand. You can see the needle I am using to prick the wool into a firm shape.
Little by little her body is coming together. 
It's very difficult to make two identical hands. Wool kind of has a mind of its own. Hard to control. I just have to let it happen.
Her legs and body before I started to work them into felt. 
Wonderful surprise! She can stand on her own.
I gave her beautiful soft long hair. And now I am working on how to style it.
After working on her for three days in a row, I decided to leave her like this for awhile to see what will come to me next. I am too afraid to 'overwork' her.