Bangs are sewn down, now I'm pinning down rest of the hair to the head. Buns will be last. I wanted a center part so I looped around at the center and then back around back of head and came up other side to that center mark and then back around. I made the part from top of bangs across the top of the head and then in the back I gave up the part and just swirled in a circle. You need lots of pins and lots of patience. Next step is sewing it all down with tacking stitches.
Phoebe and Oscar heading back to school. Phoebe in the new top she made (project from the book Liberty Love) heading into first with a huge smile. Oscar dragging his feet, in some clothes he picked up off his floor, heading into 4th.
Fairy how-to, that's where we were, right? I'm making another fairy like this gal from the Elise/Elsa pattern and I'll take photos along the way to show how to do her hair. Here's what I've done so far.
First sew her body and head and stuff them both. I stuff my dolls super firm, not only because I like the way that looks and feel on the finished doll but also because I do the hair and face on after stuffing and I need a firm surface to work on. Next sew the head to the body using the ladder stitch. Here's the page on ladder stitch from my book. It should be legible if you click to enlarge.
The next step should be stuffing and sewing on the arms and legs, but yeah, I forgot to and went ahead and started her hair. I'll show you her bangs that I've just finished and then I'm going to take a break from the hair to put on her arms and legs. I don't want to be wrangling with her to attach them after I've already got her pretty buns in place. So ok, bangs... I pin them in place
and then I use tacking stitches in a matching color thread to sew them down.
I picked out some fairy body. I'll stuff her and start hair tutorial soon.
This hand piecing project has been just laying low for the past decade, making an appearance every few years. I pulled it out last week for something to do while watching tv and it occurred to me I have so many new prints now that I could add to it. Excited to do that this afternoon.
Another WIP, picking prints for a back to school top for Phoebe.
Hey thanks for all the nice comments guys! made my day. This fairy was sort of a flop so I'm glad she was able to get some love. Here's her back, the wings are just sewn right onto her dress. And her antennaes yes are made of pom pom trim.. they're cute but don't really hold their shape. The pattern I used for her is the same I've been using for everyone lately, same as the Land of Nod dolls, my Elsa/Elise pattern. I was thinking that I might reimagine and reissue that pattern, with hair instructions and an outfit or two.
I would like to have a giveaway for this Fairy girl but I feel like she's not quite finished enough. How about I make another one -- and I can post in progress photos for those of you who want to try one on your own -- and then I'll give her away. Gives me a chance to find something more sturdy for her antennae and to work on some really cute shoes.