The next step in making my Izannah Walker dolls is applying the stockinette to the head and shoulders. You cover the face and chest with glue, then lay the knit fabric on and smooth in place.
I chose this doll of the three I have made for my first attempt to apply the knit fabric. She doesn't have much of a nose and she looks a wee bit off kilter.
The ears are made of a tube of knit fabric coiled around and glued in place.
Of course there are folds in the fabric as you draw the fabric in. You trim these darts and butt the edges of the fabric together. Not too successful in the back here.
Tomorrow when the glue is dry I will apply gesso. Maybe that will cover up the hideousness. Well, my first doll will surely be a doll only a mother could love. I bought some fine paint brushes today so I can paint the face.
Luana Rubin from equilter shows quilts from the Tokyo Quilt Show. In Japan all the quilts are stitched by hand and many of these quilts are 6 feet across. Circles are the dominant trend-just wait until you see what's been made!
I bought a pattern for a sewing kit at Maine Quilts this summer. I did not make the inside the same as the pattern. There is a little pincushion, a gathered pocket to store a thimble and small scissors, a big wool flap for needles, and another larger pocket.
I really struggled with how to apply the patches. Since the kit folds in three, I would recommend making three separate squares with a center patch and the patches stitched around that center. A ribbon could separate the three squares.
Silk ribbon roses on a luscious gray green ribbon. The embroidery across the center is Chevron stitch which is embellished with lazy daisy stitches and beads.
The bow is made from blue silk ribbon couched with silk ribbon french knots. The pink bow is done in stem stich.
My dear daughter made this face out of polymer clay. I love it and placed it on the front flap surrounded by a ring of beads.
A little butterfly stitched on the back with green beads scattered on the background. I loved using these "silk" flowers, too. So much fun, but I'm glad it is done; now I get to use it!
At Maine Quilts this year I purchased a fat quarter bundle from Pickering Farm Quilt Shop. On display was a rail fence quilt made in 8 1-inch strips. I started to make something similar but added a couple of my fabrics. Today I remembered these applique blocks and played around on my design wall using them in a wallhanging with the strip blocks. I like it! Not sure what I will use for the setting triangles. I will have to finish some of the applique, too. These applique pieces have been languishing for several years so it will be good to finally use them in something special.