Monday, 31 October 2016

The Original Star Heart Dolls

I had been attempting to make cloth dolls for years before I created the original Star Heart dolls in 2010. I like making dolls as they are small scale projects that I can complete in a reasonable amount of time. they incorporate a number of needlework techniques: sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, felt-work and dressmaking. I have made quite a few dolls since 2010, some I have kept, some sold and some donated to charity. To see more of my dolls you can watch my 'A time for dolls' video on YouTube, you can click on the 'Dolls' label to find it.

Monday, 17 October 2016

ALF and Audrey calendar 2017

My mum is working on her own calendar for 2018 but in the meantime we have gone ahead and organised a 2017 calendar featuring the work of mum, me and Amy. I was very pleased with the result and it has given my mum an idea of which of her paintings would work well in a calendar for the following year.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Log Cabin Squares

I love knitting, I find it very relaxing, but I'm very slow, it takes me ages to finish anything. That is a big reason why a lot of my knitting projects are doll size. These doll blankets are knitted in a 'log cabin square' pattern. I find it a slightly mad method as you knit in different directions in a spiral and build up a bigger square from the centre outwards.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Shepherd's Bush Dolls

I was looking to make different coloured dolls and different outfits for them and found out that practically on my doorstep, in Goldhawk Road, Shepberd's Bush, there are loads of fabric shops, selling a mindboggling array of beautifully coloured and patterned fabric. The result of my shopping exhibition can be seen above and below, as well as some pictures of the work in progress.