Ok, it’s back to school around here and that means lists! I’ve started filling up a brand sparkling new notebook with lists and sketches and plans. I have high hopes. There’s some really ambitious time-sucking stuff on this list that I doubt I’m going to get to anytime soon. I guess it’s more a wish list than a to do list. It’s so hard to sit on ideas for months and months and not have the time to do anything about them. But this stage, writing them down, sketching them out, making fabric piles…this part is super fun! I’ve got ideas for new doll designs, quilts I’ve dying to make, all sorts of new products I want to add to the shop, etc.
Don’t forget us!
But before I get ahead of myself, very top of my list is Make-a-long! I haven’t forgotten you make-a-longers. I’ve had the last three chapters all planned out for months but life sort of got in the way. I was planning to finish up in May! Guess I overshot that a bit. I have two more sets of patterns in the works that I think are going to be really cute. And then there’s the big finale for Olive and Archie.
After that it’s time to start working on new fun stuff for the shop. Hopefully (if I can find all the pattern pieces) these will be the next Put-together book out in time for Christmas gift making. And I was thinking these or these for a PDF pattern maybe. I also want to work on new illustrated cards and paper dolls and maybe try my hand at a quilt pattern. Oh and some more stitchettes! And then there’s restocking. We’ve been hunting for the same labels we made the craft it up stickers from and we need to have more Kitty, Bunny, Bear books and maybe more Patchwork Set cards made up.
Since we’re talking patterns, I know some of you were asking about a pattern for the Ivy, Ingrid & Imogene dolls. Thing is they’re just make-a-long dolls with round heads. The same round head that the birdie has but all blown up. And then the yarn hair. I get a lot of requests for tutorials on yarn hair. Not to sound mental but I can’t really figure out how to explain it. On one hand it’s really simple and on the other hand extremely complicated. The simple part: cut lengths of yarn, sew them to the already stuffed head of your doll in the hair style you like and trim. The complicated part: how to make the hair styles. I start with a middle part or around the front hairline and keep going til it looks how I want it. I can’t figure out how to illustrate or really explain this. I guess the best tip I can give is to start with long lengths of yarn and trim from there, it’s too hard to start with exact lengths and try to get them to match up.
What else? Curtains, baby outfits, new tote bag for the library, pillows for the bed, ramble ramble. Back to the notebook with me. Maybe I need some new colored pencils…