I started off 2013 by checking Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls, by Jan Horrox, out of the library. I don't make many dolls. I've always been more interested in stuffed animals. I'm not totally sure why. I think I'm intimidated by the idea of making something that simulates a human.
Be that as it may, I think there's a tremendous amount to be learned from the art doll community just as there is from the artist teddy bear makers. I am continuously hungry for new construction techniques and find myself turning to experts from both of these groups when I want learn something new.
The dolls in this book don't appeal to me aesthetically, but that's not what I was interested in when I chose it from the library shelf. I was interested in the feet. And the knees. I made the Miranda doll pattern from the book, but without any clothing or features.
Here's my doll:
The feet are made in the most clever way. You sew down the front of the leg, and then flatten the foot and sew across the toes. I would never have arrived at this method on my own, but now that I see how it's done, it's part of my repertoire and will surely show up in a future stuffed animal.
And the knee joints. They are so simple, but again not a method that I would have thought to invent. I love them. I'm storing these knee joints away and, like the feet, they'll resurface at some point in a pattern of my own.
Discovering new construction methods like these is such a thrill for me. It's very easy to continue to make what you already know, but I think it's really important to stretch.
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