Monday, November 21, 2011
A Little Bit!
By Sharon Mitchell 2011
Little Bit is easy to put together in the usual way. The whole body is calico, but I used a strip of two-way stretch fabric to make the tail and it worked really well for turning. Trace the pattern on to freezer paper, press piece s on fabric and stitch around the paper shape leaving the marked openings. Cut out leaving a small seam allowance. Clip curves and peel off freezer paper, which can be used several times. Only the hands and feet have Chenille stems in them to stand and pose.
Colour the inner ears, toes and paws with light strokes of crimson red Prismacolour pencil, before you hand sew them on with a fine needle & matching thread.
Fold the openings of the ears in and run a gathering stitch over the edge before sewing them on, to make them curve inwards.
‘Pink’ up the nose with Prismacolour pencil red and outline with tan pigma pen, or copper gel pen (if using the gel pen, spray first to seal, with hairspray).
Sculpt in a little mouth from the eyes, to pull up the cheeks a little and give a cheerful face!
Make a little scarf from a small scrap of gauze, soaked in blue & red cochineal and dry with hair dryer so it’s nice & wrinkly. (Wear gloves so you will not stain your hands!)
And there you have your own... Little Bit!
Clicking on the pattern should open it to print off
Saturday, November 19, 2011
At last we had the Victorian Fete today and here is our stall all set up with three of us selling things. Olive & Jean's dolls were on display and very popular! No one bought any, but it was more an advertising exercise for our group and we managed to give away a few flyers, so here's hoping! Raelene's table in the front was a good drawcard and there were plenty of people she knew. The rain held off until about 2pm - similar to last year! We had plenty of street entertainment and between us all we made enough to make it worthwhile.
Friday, November 11, 2011
This is my accidental buy on Trademe! I didn;t intend to win it because I was sure someone else would place a higher bid, but I was wrong! I had a problenm then - how to restore a plastic 1950's Pedigree Walkie Talkie Doll! I started with the head - Used my expensive hair shampoo & conditioner! Then drilled a hole in the iron stem to attach it to the mechanism it had broken off from. Restrung the arms and tackled the broken foot with Selleys Knead it putty to seal the hollow so I could make a clay foot.That was surprisingly successful, so I painted it with acrylic and matt Mod Podge to hold it in place and it looks reasonable enough!