Jess Hutch.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

doll

doll face.jpg
Here's an embroidered doll I finally finished - I showed her on the hoop a few weeks ago. I love embroidery, but sewing is almost always stressful for me, so I often put off that part of the toy-making process. You should see the bottom of this toy, where I hand-sewed it closed... oh dear. One of my goals this year is to become more comfortable with my sewing machine and just sewing in general.

I think I've probably mentioned about 40 times on this blog how much I love 2D-on-3D toys. This gal was drawn in a pose and then embroidered flat, but the toy is stuffed pretty firmly, so when you tilt her one way or another part of her seems to recede. Why do I love this so much?

If you look closely you can see how I sort of messed up her nose area by over-embroidering - I think I ended up pulling it out about ten times. I just wasn't happy with it... so now it's a bit mangled. I think it's part of her charm.

Hillary
has been doing truly lovely dolls of this type lately (embroidered in a pose and sewn to a backing fabric). Check them out here and here.

11 Comments:

At 3:07 PM , Chrissa said...

Oh, tres charmante. I love the period style of the drawing combined with the very modern color scheme. Would you call that more preppy or psychedelic? Funny how pink and green can swing both ways. She looks a tiny bit Goreyesque to me, too ...

I was in Magpie (store owned by Bazaar Bizarre people) this weekend and one of the owners was telling me how much she enjoyed your Maker workshop. And I hadn't even dropped your name, I swear! "Yeah, I used to work with her." I felt so cool ;)

 
At 3:46 PM , vegasandvenice said...

This is incredibly beautiful and simple! I love that you outlined the image and it still has so much character. You could probably have a good laugh at my embroidered people!

 
At 9:16 PM , blair said...

I love what you and HIllary are doing with these 2 dimensional dolls. Your color combination is beautiful. I am in dire need of honing my "hand sewing the openings shut". I used to tear through my sewing books, trying to get a clear explanation/picture of what they actually mean when they say to slip stitch it closed. Never could.

 
At 1:14 PM , sarah said...

Great doll!

The Maker Faire made it on MSN today! Check it out!

 
At 2:49 PM , Jeff said...

I really like this doll of yours...she's very thoughtful.

 
At 4:09 PM , mimi K said...

I don't know if you'd be interested, but I've got this gallery of images of vintage dolls in this embroidered style- mostly from ebay...
http://www.cozy.org/pics/emb?page=1
great job on this doll!

 
At 10:58 AM , kelly said...

she's fantastic! i love this look too... maybe i should add this to the ever growing project list!

 
At 1:13 PM , rose said...

What a beautiful face! great colors, too.

 
At 4:32 PM , JanetinPortland said...

I really like your doll! She has lots of character and looks great in bright colors.

 
At 4:49 PM , hillary said...

I love her!! That loopy stitch you're using is tricky. I never have any luck with it. It looks wonderful, can't wait to see more!!

 
At 7:52 PM , my house is cuter than yours said...

yes yes... i am loving your doll but just can't beat kitten in mittens!

 

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