Vintage petticoat

Persie in her petticoat sits pensively ……okay enough alliteration for one morning! This petticoat is made with a lovely piece of vintage lace I found in my aunt Irene’s sewing box. I think it’s probably silk, but it is seriously gorgeous and so fragile. I was going to make the whole petticoat from it but it was thwarted so it’s just on the skirt.


….or Persie for short has had her first photo shoot. She is just in her undies I know, but it is very hot today. She is 12″ tall in her stocking feet and can take on gentle poses because of the wire armature construction. I’m really happy with her hair too, this time I followed the tutorial by Parabox. The part that was a revelation was the double wig cap and pulling that last piece of hair through to produce a non bulky crown. If you click back to my previous post Felting frenzy you can see her construction.

Fern, Willow and Pippin

Fern, Willow and Pippin – in that order in the picture above – are ready for their new homes and are on my Etsy site. I’m still not happy with my photography skills. The ones I took on my phone are much better! Also I nearly managed to insert several photos as a mosaic which looked really good – then couldn’t save itDoll (3)2017-06-04 15.39.40.jpgDoll  (16).JPG


Elfin shoes

I had originally made what I thought would be cute little boots for the Elfins however they just looked wrong. Instead I’ve found a pattern for a crochet Mary Jane style shoe by Mimi Alelis, they are designed to be key rings but fit the girls perfectly. The only difference was that I used a 2mm crochet hook and a fine cotton yarn so they came up super small. Each one is colour coordinated with their frock! ( have you noticed one Elfin has yet to put her dress on?)


Close up detail of the cute little button on the strap.


Felting frenzy

I’ve been away in London for a few days and took a felting project with me. So, this is the new style doll I’m trying, it’s needle felted onto wires. The pattern I’m using is the Rosy Posy doll by LaliDolls. Why is it so therapeutic stabbing at some wool for hours on end?


I’ve been having a break from the large dolls and fancied making three little Elfins. They are 17cm tall (small!) with the inspiration coming from Scarlet Elf Cup and her beautiful wee dolls. The dolls won’t be photographed until they have hair – they’ve been sat here for a few days, in their pants but oh so bald! Because they are so tiny I decided to make my own weft using really soft mohair. Excellent no fuss tutorial by Monika Aebischer using a double needle technique. Up shot is Pippin has hair – a wild mop of it, I think she needs a bonnet to tame it a little! Ps. I’ve just learnt how to add ore pictures to a post !!

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Rosalind is ready

..and here she is, rummaging through the basket of wool – my favourite ‘prop’ for dolls. Did you know the basket was a Christmas present containing a bottle of gin! Rosalind is also show casing her cardigan knitted using the Daisy Chain pattern. I was going to add the embroidery but the colour is so dark it just didn’t show up, also it swamped the little cardigan. Anyway I put lovely mustard vintage buttons on that are a real ‘pop’ of colour.