Archive for cloth dolls

Keep On Movin’

Posted in Art, constructions, dolls, handmade with tags , , , on July 6, 2011 by darcyarts

The air is hot and creepy. In the summer I just want to hibernate like an ol’ bear.

Still, I move on.  My desire to make more post-Vic models was stymied by donut orders.

This week I finished three custom donuts and a fourth for another person.

Making donuts is really fun and I love them so it’s not really a bad interruption. I’ll be working on a blonde with blue eyes when I return to that project. I need to work up some nice under things for the girls, bloomers, camisoles, all out of some vintage cotton.

I managed to wrangle up all the colored, 14mm tube beads I could find, in fact I think there are more coming in the mail this week, for the donut projects. I couldn’t spare the time to hand-roll cloth sprinkles. They don’t look as good as the beads.

I am having trouble finding a big supply of the Czech glass tube beads. in the bright colors. Those at my local bead store are very pale. I’ll keep looking.

Ignoring my sluggish temperament this afternoon I started my Bellatrix face. I’ve got a little body made up.

I love the eyes on this face. I’ll start her lips tomorrow and other facial details. She’ll look smashing with long tresses of hair. I may use some weave hair for her. We will see.

I can’t wait to do Snape.



Brian Jones Cloth Doll, Y’all

Posted in constructions, cute, design, dolls, handmade, rock n roll with tags , , on February 25, 2011 by darcyarts

The Brian Jones doll is finished.

This is a cool shot of the face that makes him look very cute.

I made him a faux Moroccan necklace, gave him green eyes and the desired shiny, fur-trimmed robe jacket.

I like his nose line and the mouth.

I gave him little lines around his mouth and did not give him bags under his eyes.

This is a doll that could have a complete wardrobe. You’d never get bored dressing him up in little flag shirts and velveteen pants. There are so many styles and he looked good in them all.

Tomorrow Brian Jones is off to San Francisco.

And, Jessica, while orders are slow I’m getting David Crosby under way. His face is drawn and his little dark eyes are sewn on.

Fringe deerskin shirt I think. That’s going to make want to make Neil.

Robyn! Will I ever get to you?

Jesus Quintana Assembly

Posted in Art, dolls, film, handmade with tags , , , on January 9, 2011 by darcyarts

I am knee-deep in the pleasure of stitching Jesus Quintana. Jorge Negrete is watching over the proceedings.

It’s coming along.

The face will be thinner when it is joined with the back of the head.

The hair, curly and black, will look great under the black fish net/hair net I’ve got ready to go.

My face needs a couple more layers of black embroidery stitches. It’s a delicate operation and takes mucho tiempo, esse. I’m dedicated to the task, la lucha, por las munecas.

I revisited the splendor of The Big Lebowski and snapped some shots off the big screen to use as examples for the work.

I may be crazy but I want to try to recreate the wrist brace, too. I may run out of time. I’ve got Stevie Wonder and Prince bodies waiting in the wings to receive their heads.

I hadn’t seen the Coen bros film in a long time. It is a gas.

This from the Big Lebowski entry at Wikipedia:

Dudeism, an online religion devoted largely to spreading the philosophy and lifestyle of the movie’s main character was founded in 2005. Also known as The Church of the Latter-Day Dude, the organization has ordained over 50,000 “Dudeist Priests” all over the world via its website.”

Wolf Man Doll and Salt Air

Posted in constructions, cute, dolls, family, food, handmade with tags , , , on October 4, 2010 by darcyarts

He’s snazzy! He’s cool and he was created for a very special boy.

I made him tan corduroy pants. He does not have a tail. I guess he’s evolved from a real wolf to a man wolf. He has to be able to sit down in a chair.

Hipster man wolves dig San Francisco and this is where wolf dude is headed. First stop, Tartine. Then he’s off to look for a pair of huaraches.

I think he’s staying with friends, deep in the Mission.

Sometimes I dream of mailing myself to friends in Bernal Heights. I also dream of breezes blowing off the Bay. But here I sit working away. I’ll be in the salty air someday.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass reigned this weekend in the park in that fair city to the south.

Here is a picture of me near Dillon Beach. That was a wonderful cool-summer trip to the beachy shores.

I communed, momentarily, with towering eucalyptus, a curative for all that may ever trouble my mind.

Here’s another — breakfast in Tomales with my sweet, sweet husband Frank. ♥

Ziggy Stardust Soft Boy

Posted in constructions, cute, dolls, etsy, finds, handmade, rock n roll with tags , , , , , on September 14, 2010 by darcyarts

 I started my Ziggy era Bowie weeks ago.  I had to take a break from the Ziggy to meet requests to create a Devo Doll (the first one is reserved for Jordan but I can make you another), a couple of donuts, a star pillow, an Iggy patch and a couple of replacement red catnip squids. I’ve been happily distracted by lots of work.

This week had been largely dedicated to finishing the Bowie.

I’ve given him my favorite forehead space disk and  big odd blue eyes, pink makeup and the Suzi Fussey haircut that launched 1,000,000,000  mullets.

The hot pink boa and the vintage 70s glitter knit were lucky finds. All is flowing in the creative heavens.

I’ve used fleece and stiff yarn to get the rooster cut just right. Haircuts need to conform to the semi-flat Soft Boy heads. 

I love the brightness of this Ziggy doll.

I have just enough of the vintage glitter knit to create one more of my Ziggy’s with this drag. Then we’ll be on to another outfit.

Backside of the Face

Posted in cute, design, dolls, handmade with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2010 by darcyarts

It’s down to the Iggy on the Soft Boy orders I have been creating over the last two weeks. I had three going simultaneously. Today I give Iggy hair, my favorite thing — big hair. Iggy also gets nipples. They are like little pink flowers.

When embroidering the Soft Boy faces an interesting effect comes out on the other side of the cloth.

Here is the back of Mick’s face. I love the man in the moon look to the faces before they are sewn into the head.

The back of eyes are a trip. I like the little dots and dashes.

 I think it’s giving me ideas for some Halloween doll details. I noticed some pretty cute mildly scary button eyed spooky girl dolls at Target this week. I may go there this morning and get pix. I’ll post them here so check back.

Time to get to work. I’d like to have all the dolls out in Tuesdays mail.  Monday is a holiday.

Devo Mothersbaugh and Krusty:

Faces, Nearly There

Posted in constructions, cute, dolls, etsy with tags , , , , , , on August 30, 2010 by darcyarts

Last week was dedicated to embroidering facial details for the three Soft Boys I’m working up.

They are: a Whip It era Devo doll, Mark Mothersbaugh is the model; Iggy Pop and Mick Jagger.

Fellow Etsian, myneedlehabit, wrote a while back to let me know that Mick’s eyes are blue, so here he is with blue eyes.

I got Iggy’s lip outline to include that Elvis-like raised lip toothy smile he has. The boy has choppers!

I think it’s actually a feature of his more mature mouth but that is what is stuck in my head and therefore comes out when I do Iggy.

This Iggy picture is from AceShowBiz.

I took photos of the Whip It video to get the sample shots for the Mothersbaugh Devo doll. Still have to make the energy dome. If I can cut the material I’ll be fine.

The bodies are sewn and stuffed.

I couldn’t resist giving the Iggy bod a little man lump. I suppose I should do the same for Mick but I might skip it just to be bratty and faux punish the strutting, cocksure Mick.

I will once again leave him bare-chested with nipples. He’ll have silver pants and a homemade dog collar.

The Whip It Devo doll bod is dressed in black turtleneck and black shorts and shoes.

My Micks are currently sporting a sort of casual French sailor (circa very early 20th Century Coco Channel) outfit.I wanted to avoid the obvious Mick sartorial clichés.

Staying organized is so very important for me to be able to work. I’m one of those people who need every room in the house straightened and relatively tidy before I can do a lick of work. You might think this is a technique of avoidance but it is not. I love this work. ♥

Part of staying organized is to have needed materials on hand. Whatever the goods, while shopping for supplies, I am always seduced my the range of color of any particular item. Embroidery thread comes in so many colors and it it very inexpensive.

I can usually find little packets at my favorite thrift store but I’ll visit the JoAnn store when I need a really specific color I don’t have. I think I’m good for awhile.

Button eyes are a bit difficult. For some reason there is a short supply of blue buttons. I robbed  one of my cotton jackets of its blue buttons for my Iggy doll. Enough for two dolls, I am now out of them. They were the perfect size.

It’s nice to have a specific shopping list, now, while browsing thrift stores. Blue buttons, embroidery thread, flashing material for Ziggy outfits, simple striped jersey shirts for small Mick shirts, stripey tights and scarves  for other dolls. 

Having a purpose makes it a new experience. Recycle, reuse. It’s good.