Archive for rag dolls

Tangible Tiny Women Artists

Posted in Art, constructions, etsy, handmade with tags , , , on February 24, 2010 by darcyarts

Making dolls in a simple Americana, rag doll form is very satisfying. I love to see the amazing art dolls that creative makers pull out of themselves but the uber realistic things kind of freak me out.

I want to keep it simple, simple, simple. I  am still very excited by how well the dolls are  utilizing all the materials I have collected and exercising all  my of my creative impulses.

Over time, in addition to a series of Fridas, necessary to capture all her glory, I am going to do a series of women artists. Georgia O’keeffe, Yayoi Kusama, just a quick google check of  “women in art” reveals a wealth of wonderful artists who would look great as small dolls. I want to make something tangible, something to hold and be reminded of the many women that worked as artists. We rarely hear of most of them.

I’ll let you all know when I get Frida up on Etsy.

Temporary Kitchen Redo

Posted in Art, constructions, family, food, handmade, projects with tags , , , on February 12, 2010 by darcyarts

Company is coming! I feel so mature, in a good way.

I am meeting the girlfriend of my oldest child. I am excited and nervous and so so happy.

These two have a lot in common astrologically so I  imagine a blossoming future for them.

Their visit, they arrive today, required that I temporarily redo my kitchen work space and here is what I came up with:

There is limited space but at least we can all sit down and have coffee, tea and white trash scones in the morning.

I’ve stashed away much of my random fleece scrap bags, bundles of yarn and current, waiting to be done projects.

I woke today to a request for four catnip squid! They are very very much in demand by discerning cats and cat owners.

I will do a little work on my Frida Kahlo Soft Girl today if I have time.

Her head came out pretty well.

I think I have plenty of inspiration to try a few different Fridas.

I will make flowers for the top of this bandana braid wrap. I may add earrings, too. I found good material for a peasant blouse and skirt.

You’ll see. I’ll get to the clothing after the family time this weekend.

So many good things fill my life. Thanks be to the light.

Redhead with Heart

Posted in constructions, cute, etsy, projects with tags , , on February 5, 2010 by darcyarts

Finally finished and packed off all my orders from the Etsy shop and spent a day creating a Cinnamon Soft Girl.

I may be prejudice but I love the redheads and I have so much fun doing these. She has green button eyes and a sideways smile.

My very first doll was the prototype Cinnamon Soft Girl but I needed to try another for the DarcyArts shop.

I made her a little stuffed heart because her debut is so close to Valentine’s Day.

I love the xoxo socks that make her top and the little leggings i made for her from a shirt I found at the thrift store a couple of weeks ago.

It made a nice ensemble.

I happened on to making a really cute belt from part of the pattern on some fleece I had. The flower shapes on rainbow ribbon (thrift store) look great.

These two blue flower shapes is from the back.

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy.

The Soft Girls

Posted in constructions, projects with tags , , , , on January 22, 2010 by darcyarts

If you know and love Robyn Hitchcock then you are familiar with the name The Soft Boys.

I will call my rag dolls The Soft Girls.

I am rolling out one or two of my OOAK Art rag dolls today! That is January 22, 2010♥

See them at DarcyArts.

I’ve taken to categorizing them with food names by color schemes.

This blonde Soft Girl I’ve designated as a Sherbert.

Actually this doll is sort of an androgyne, middling on the boy/girl continuum.

I will be creating redheaded twins that are gender blenders.

The twins are The Darcys that were born in my imagination.

I will make them 3-D.

I had first envisioned, years ago now, rock dolls to be called the Soft Boys.

My earliest attempts to capture something in art, something that moved me, lead me to portraits. I’ve wanted to make simple cloth dolls way back in the early part of this century. It’s been a long time coming. I will get to the boys soon.

Joey Ramone will be a Soft Boy because a very cool person requested this months ago and because I love dear, departed Joey.♥

Wish me luck.

Rag Doll Days

Posted in Art, constructions, cute, projects with tags , , , on January 11, 2010 by darcyarts

Still thrilled to be assembling materials to make rag dolls. I am fickle but I think this one is going to stick.

My chocolate girl is dressed in a swinging fuzzy pink skirt and a polka dot shirt. I think I’ll make her pink Mary Janes.

I’m working on a body for a blonde vanilla girl that I started before the chocolate girl. Her head is done.

I also started work on the first of what will be glam or rave babies. The first pair of star eyes are on.

Recycles leeves and socks, in stretchy material, are being used for quick and easy shirts and skirts. I found some really great red glittery material this afternoon.

Combing the thrift stores is even sweeter when it’s part of your job.

It’s quite a welcome change from reporting. I am so thankful to be done with that work.

I’m free to think about color and texture all day.

Found tiny pinkish striped material for doll tights, too.

I’ve checked my overstuffed but very neat closets for materials. I found a sheer black blouse that will male a wonderful outfit for a sort of Victorian goth girl.

I will make boy dolls, too.

I can see a glam boy with a long coat of the new red glittery material. ♥


Posted in Art, constructions, cute, etsy, projects with tags , , , , , , on January 10, 2010 by darcyarts

My first of my emergent rag dolls has been clothed. She’s looking sorta sweet-punky and a bit French. That old-style sailor aesthetic.

I am loving this new thing most especially because I can use the abundance of materials I have collected over the last year as I was finding my way through the crafty/etsy maze.

I am stoked to the 10th power.

I have cut pieces for rag dolls in many skinish shade, today even adding a nice turquoise blue.

Everyday leads to the discovery of some other material to incorporate but simplicity rules.

Today I sew the finished head of my chocolate doll onto her body. She already has a pink fuzzy skirt and polka dot shirt.

She looks a little like a Gumby chick here in her unjoined state. Her hair rocks.

I gave her heart eye backs.

Unless the material is uber stretchy I must put the blouse on before the head. We’ll see how that goes.

I am using vintage buttons for eyes because I like the look and because I found bags of them at Discovery Shop during one of their craft/sewing sales.

Really, this utilization of my mounds of stuff and other peoples mounds of discarded stuff just thrills me. I’m lit up like a Christmas tree. My new year is off to a fabulous start.

I’m making glitter glam rag dolls soon. I cut stars to fit behind the abalone button eyes. I’ll add glitter to her and if possible platform boots.  Bowie mullets are a must!♥♥♥

I make stamps out of eraser material and many of them are small. I decided to try a few on tiny T-shirts I’m making for the dolls.

This is an Edie Sedgewick stamp. I tried in on black and wasn’t happy with the visibility so I am going to outline it in red embroidery thread.

Yes! I am using the bags of embroidery thread I’ve nabbed at All Saints thrift store.

The mountain of yarn is great for hair and I’m sure I will happen on to the best and easiest way to create hair dos.

This is only a fraction of the yarn I bought (see the stamps in my printers box on the left).

I made a special trip to the Discovery Shop sale last year and dragged home two enormous bags full.

I am trying to curb my proclivity for consumption. Hey, I am recycling. If I don’t use what someone else didn’t use I can always list as supplies on Etsy but you’re looking at hair here.

I know that we all have dreams and that the thrift stores are filled with things that  crafty people didn’t live long enough to use, but, dude, I am burning with a desire to populate the world with rag dolls.

Bless me, beings of light, with the energy to see them safely in to the arms of somebody who will love them.

Sleepy Hallow

Posted in constructions, cute, etsy, film with tags , , , on January 6, 2010 by darcyarts

Habits form so quickly. For the last few weeks I have been sleeping in.

I’m not getting on the fake bike until 8 a.m. No more 6 a.m. fake rides in the dark. The holidays brought a sense of calm and guilt free lazing but I must get in gear for new year.

I love the way things look just before the sun comes up. It’s quiet and I can be still, collect my thoughts.

I’m up at 6 a.m. this morning. I’ve lighted my votive candles to remind me of my connection to the starry dynamo.

This is a beautiful star lamp I got for 50 cents. It is a morning friend, barely bright, soft on the eyes, soothing.

Note:  Jane Campion’s Bright Star will be in at Netflix January 26. If you missed it in the theater put it on your list now. It is a pleasure. It’s a good view of what people did before television.

Crafty Etsy girls and tender newbie seamstresses, this film is for you.

After I’ve lit the candles I check into the cyber world and see if anyone purchased my wares. Will my day include stitching a catnip squid, a new whale?

That would mean a trip to the post office at some point in the day.

I start to imagine how I will utilize my energy.

I climb on the bike and have 10 miles in before I know it. My iPod is my faithful companion in exercise. I could not do it without the right music.

Queens of the Stone Age are the best. Josh Homme’s music is very inspiring. I have very eclectic taste. I often start slow and turn to the harder stuff (QOTSA) when I need a push toward mile six.

Today I started with This American Life, then moved on to Johnny Mercer and then Charles Mingus, then for the finish, QOTSA. It was great.

Yesterday I finished my first rag doll. She’s nakee in the first early morning pix but I plan to make clothes for her.

I love her. I don’t think it will be easy offer these up for the Etsy shop. I’ll want to keep each one I create.I’m already working on a second face.

I love faces. This is fun.