Must Have Books!
  • Amigurumi: Animal Friends
    Amigurumi: Animal Friends
    by Michele Wilcox
  • The Doll's Dressmaker: The Complete Pattern Book
    The Doll's Dressmaker: The Complete Pattern Book
    by Venus Dodge
  • Couture Sewing Techniques, Revised and Updated
    Couture Sewing Techniques, Revised and Updated
    by Claire Shaeffer
  • A Gathering of Lace
    A Gathering of Lace
    by Meg Swansen
  • Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac
    Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac
    by Elizabeth Zimmermann
  • Fashions of the Gilded Age, Volume 1: Undergarments, Bodices, Skirts, Overskirts, Polonaises, and Day Dresses 1877-1882
    Fashions of the Gilded Age, Volume 1: Undergarments, Bodices, Skirts, Overskirts, Polonaises, and Day Dresses 1877-1882
    Lavolta Press
  • A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns
    A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns
    by Barbara G. Walker
Monday
Mar172014

Three New Pocket Poppet Dolls

Time has flown by, but I at least finally got some pics taken of the stash of Pocket Poppet dolls I've had ready for a while now.

I also made up two dolls from the last pattern I purchased with the button leg joints, the one I can't actually sell.  I did one stuffed with polyester fiberfil, and the other stuffed with pure wool.  I'll get photos of both done hopefully by the end of this upcoming weekend, and do a comparison of working with polyster versus wool stuffing. 

But for now, here are three new Pocket Poppet dolls, ready for purchase in my Etsy store.  :)

Tuesday
Mar042014

Quick Update-What's In My Craft Queue This Week

No pics with this post, as I don't want to steal the thunder from the seller of the latest doll pattern I bought.  This one is pretty much all for me, since the seller has stated she does not wish completed items made from her pattern to be sold.  While copyright law doesn't actually cover a finished product from a copyrighted pattern (as far as I understand it, and I'm definitely not an expert), it's not in my nature to try to argue such a thing.  Instead, I will respect the pattern designer's wishes, and just enjoy the process all for myself, and then make the occasional gift, or giveaway item.

The new pattern that sparked my "oooh! shiny!" craftsperson's response is a sweet 9.50 inch tall felt girl.  Despite knowing I won't be able to sell the finished item, I couldn't resist the sweet face, and the promise of button joints.  The purchase price of $10 was worth it, for the clever construction of the body and leg to allow for that button joint, the way the head is attached securely to the body while still leaving a slender neck, and the hair.  I am already thinking I will try to modify the pattern a bit for my use, and make the hair into felt wigs that I can swap out quickly.

The doll pattern is available here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/179144339/doll-sewing-pattern-vintage-girl-pdf?ref=listing-shop-header-2, from Etsy seller Soles.  She has a cute Retro Girl doll pattern that I may have to buy just for the glasses.  :)

Otherwise I have a new giraffe felt toy pattern in the works right now, too:  https://www.etsy.com/transaction/185170776?ref=fb2_tnx_title from Etsy seller Patchlins.  There are definitely a lot more patterns there I need to buy!  (And I'm allowed to sell the finished items, so woo hoo!)

I am working on a couple of Gingermelon patterns, including a little doll dressed up as a certain grey donkey that many of us grew up with.  I also am nearing the finish line on a pair of Pocket Fox dolls which need custom bride and groom outfits, but those are my weekend project, since I need to concentrate on designing those outfits.

So, no pics, but lots of things in the works!  I'll definitely share pics as I get going on that new doll.  Plus, I will be comparing how polyester fiberfil compares to wool stuffing.  I think this little doll will be a perfect test subject, and then I'll have a pair of dolls at the end! 

Monday
Feb242014

New Items Listed-Bunnies and Ponies and Dragons (Oh, My!)

Okay, only one pony, but still, I finally got pictures taken of some of my newly finished toys, and have them in my Etsy store.

The little bunnies are just the right size for many sixteen inch fashion dolls to cuddle, and even twelve inch dolls.  Your doll needs a bunny, right?  After all, Easter is coming up!

I still can't get enough of the wee dragons, and will definitely keep making more.  The latest entries are in greens and blues.

The new pony continues the color scheme, in a lovely mint green with teal blue mane and tail.

I have more bunnies to photograph, and Pocket Poppets, but between the paying job, my limited photography skills and rather crummy weather leading to crummy indoor lighting, it will be another few days before I get those needed pics taken.

In the meantime, here are some photos of my latest offerings. 

Thursday
Feb062014

What Game Do Wee Dragons Play?

I could not resist making this graphic.  :D


Wednesday
Feb052014

More Wee Dragons!

Because this pattern is so much fun to make up, here are three more done up.  I made up two others, but they already found homes before I posted pics of them here.

It's not quite an army yet, but I do get the impression these dragons are in the planning stages...  :D

These will be up for sale in my Etsy store very soon.  Watch for some sales and promos coming up soon, especially as we approach my favorite holiday of the year, Easter.  (Long story, but it boils down to my parents let me believe in the Easter Bunny instead of Santa Claus.)

And now, back to more photos.  :D