Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gingerbread Nativity Scene

Have you always had a secret longing to "eat" Christmas? How about a gingerbread nativity scene?

I used this recipe: It was the right amount and great tasting gingerbread. Baby Jesus is a jellybaby, the sheep are marshmallows and everthing else is made from lollies and icing sugar.
The kids couldn't wait to eat it

There .... demolished in less than 2 minutes!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

TUTORIAL: Waldorf Gingerbread Men

These little gingerbread men are made from pure wool felt, though they look yummy enough to eat!

A cookie cutter works great as a pattern template:

I started sewing the two pieces of felt together at the first foot, then outside of the leg, all the way around the body and finished at the bottom of the second foot.
Then I stuffed them with wool, making sure I got the stuffing right into their hand. I then finished sewing up the stuffing hole
and trimmed the arms and feet with braid. The buttons and bow tie are made from black felt. I sewed the black bead eyes, starting my needle from the side of the head and finishing at the other side. The mouth is made from red emboidery thread and I used 2 stitches to make a smiling mouth, also starting and finishing at the side of the head. Sew some gold thread for hanging on top of the head.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

TUTORIAL: Hair Layering

I've been using this homemade tool, made by my husband, for the past few years. It makes the hair strands all the same length in layers, and saves lots of time. The hair layering tool is 22" in length, the pegs and 21" and 8" apart, and these 3 pegs can make 5 different hair lengths.

For a long haired 16" Child Doll, like my Radiance Child pattern, you would use 2 different layers for the hair. The first layer would be shorter and would be hooked into the crochet cap of the lower part of the head. To make these first hair lengths you would wrap the yarn around the 8" wide pegs.

Then you would cut one end:
Open them out:

Double them over and hook them into the back of the head of your doll's already crocheted cap:
Once the strands have come up to about half way or more up the head, you would wrap a second batch of yarn around the outside pegs:

Cut this batch at BOTH even ends, so you have a bunch of equal 18-20" strands:

The long strands are hooked into the top and crown of the head. Once finished, use your fingers to comb her hair so that it falls nicely. And here is the finished product! And she is available for sale either on my website, or on from my Etsy site:
Plus, if you dont' want to make one of those layering tool, then you can purchase a handmade one from me for $15.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Who Said Boys Don't Play With Dolls?

These gorgeous boys, with their baby sister, requested girl dolls dressed only in pink and with long hair. Their mother tried to convince them that they would prefer boys, but they were adamant they had to be girls in pink, and with "flowers in their hair"! Thanks for the pic Jodi.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Finishing Touches that make a difference

If you are using light colored hair, cover the embroidery thread with a small patch of tricot. You can either glue it on or sew it; If you don't put a patch over the thread, you would see it under the hair, but this way, it is hidden and looks more professional;

Friday, April 2, 2010

Tip of the Day: Make sure your eyeline doesn't move

Symmetry and proportion of the body, and especially the face, are very important factors in making your dolls look good. Here is a tip to make sure the string eyeline doesn't move about when you pull the head covering over the sculpted head. Sew a few stitches with the string lying on the line that you drew when you measured the half way mark, before pulling the tricot cover over the inner head.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Easter Market Day

I will be at the Easter Market Day at around 8.30am, on the 30th of March at the Perth Waldorf School, Bibra Lake. If you have any questions about making dolls, you are very welcome to come and have a chat with me there. I will have DVDs and dolls for sale that day. Hope to see you there!

Shipping Prices for DVD

There was an error in the shipping prices for the DVD, ie it was charging too much shipping, which has now been corrected. The price for shipping the DVD within Australia is AU$1.50, and internationally AU$4.99.

Monday, February 15, 2010

It's All Happening

Now that the school holidays have finished it's back to sewing again! I'm currently working on a couple of orders, then I plan to make more dolls for the "Buy It Now" page. Just contact me if you have any questions. I've got no idea where my Etsy widget has run off to, but I still have quite a few dolls on Etsy and the same dolls on my website; click on the page; "Dolls Ready To Go Home".