A length of wire about 13cm long wrapped tightly around itself, then needle felt a ball. In my mind I’m thinking ‘Who is this going to be?’ I have ideas in my head of a little girl, dark skinned with big brown eyes, a mass of gorgeous curls.
This is a couple of hours work, adding layers slowly and felting firmly, listening to podcasts. I use 3 different needles from Heidi Feathers, the red end for deep stitches and the black and blue ends for finer detail.
Then I when the ball is about 24cm in circumference I start to shape the head. This is my method – which maybe a little odd, but it seems to work. I put a picture of the side and front view of a dolls head up on my monitor (this one was I found using a google search). Then using pins I line up the nose, ears and the top of the head. Then by eye I add more wool so the shape is the same.
First the chin, then the nose and the cheeks, it all looks a bit scary now and you wonder will it come together! Have faith…..keep going
Next you add the lips, and they don’t need to look like real lips, and they are surprisingly near the nose – everything changes when you put the ‘skin’ on.
I have a practice skin which I apply then. A while ago I got as far as adding freckles to a doll and putting the blush on the nose and lips, but I really wasn’t happy with my results. So this became my practice one! If you look carefully you can see those freckles – they now seem to be over the eyes…….that fabric really has been stretched! So here is the next doll with paper eyes, freckles on her eyelids and a bit of a smile.
There are a few tweaks needed but I’m pretty happy with the result.
Every little girl needs a hat, and Ottilie is no exception. Such a sweet little girl needs a bonnet. This pattern is a free Ravelry one by Birch Hollow Cottage it’s easy to follow and a joy to make. Here’s the bonnet blocking on my yoga mat!
And here she is wearing it.
By the way Ottilie is up for sale in my Etsy shop Tuesday 15th May 18.00 BST
I’ve loved making this denim jacket, it’s the Liberty Jane one I’ve used before. To get the colour denim I wanted I bleached the fabric overnight – it was very resistant/good quality denim, and eventually I got the shade I’d imagined. Then I cut out all those pieces
It’s the details I love so much, making teeny tiny flat felled seams, little pocket flaps and tabs on the back.
And so here is Ottilie, looking cool and casual in her jacket and silk dress.
I’m loving making the outfits for Ottilie, I have all these ideas spinning in my head. I adore embroidery detail and the simple wrap dress is the perfect place. By the way the fabric is a beautiful raw silk that looks and feels like linen – it’s lush.
I’m a bit in love with this little girl, her big brown eyes and white blond hair. In my other life I am a midwife and I get to meet lots of mums and their new babies, this name like a lot of the names I’ve used, it’s ‘pinched’ from one of those!
Here’s how she started, a firmly needle felted ball on a wire neck. I’ve made two other balls ready for the Doll Conference in Amsterdam I’m going on at the end of the month.
The other (sunny) day I was out and saw a little girl in a floral dress with denim jacket and straw hat – I thought this was just perfect for Ottilie. I actually thought she needed two pretty dresses, one is complete with pin tucks and lace trim.
Then she will have a wrap dress and that very important denim jacket. I really want her to have a pale denim jacket and I’m desperately trying to bleach the denim I have – it’s very good quality and the dye seems quite resistant!
Marianne (named after Marianne Faithful of course) is a green eyed girl with a passion for the 1960s, so I couldn’t resist making her that iconic black and white dress, with matching baker boy hat.
Then her second outfit is a psychedelic little number with black accent and cute little button. details The pattern for this is by KeepersDollyDuds and is called ‘Town and Country’. The hat is reversible so it matches both outfits.
Then finally she has her trendy mac and matching tote bag. Check out all the details on the coat, the placket pockets and belt, it was such a joy to make. The coat was from a pattern by Noodle Clothing called ‘Are we nearly there yet?’, the hat by Bonjour Teaspoon called ‘Lillie sailor hat’ and finally that tote is by Miche Designs.
And she’s over on Etsy looking for a new home, go and take a peak.