An Adventure In Dollmaking (2)

Guess who got a body today?

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This thing was so tiny to make, I even had to sew some of it by hand which is something I usually avoid if possible at all costs. I used blue embroidery thread and pulled it through little channels I made around the edges of where each limb would go, and then pulled the thread tight into the dip at the top of the limb to secure it. I have a feeling that doesn’t make much sense in writing! This does mean that each limb can turn though, which is very useful for posing.

I put some plastic beads in the body to try to balance out the weight, as the polymer clay limbs and head are quite heavy too. I used fibrefill to stuff the rest of the body.

This is how she looks without clothes, I think she looks a bit sad! I’ll have to give her some hair sometime.

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I did notice a couple more cracks on her face today that I don’t think were there yesterday so I really hope they won’t spread any more!

This girl doesn’t have an outfit of her own yet, and you can tell exactly where she got these clothes from by the now half naked dolls sitting on my shelf! The hat is far too big and keeps slipping down over here eyes. I don’t think she minds.


Here she is! With awkward scraps of thread sticking out of her hand-me-down dress and this scratched up little face, I think it’s safe to say I fulfilled my prediction that she wouldn’t be perfect (that one wasn’t hard!). I made her anyway and I’m so happy I did! It’s been a really educational experience, actually. There are lots of things I might do differently next time but I’m just a teeeny bit proud! Look at that face. She can suck her thumb. I can’t tell if this is because I made her and I’m not sure what she looks like to other people, but to me she’s kind of sweet. I don’t always like the things I make so this is very exciting.
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I love how this hat makes her head look like a huge strawberry.

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I think I’d definitely like to make her clothes of her own sometime, but for now this has been my little dollmaking adventure! I hope someone out there enjoyed this. It’s good to know it doesn’t require much to make a doll (of some sort) and I’m pretty sure if I can do it anyone can!

Also thank you so much those of you who commented on my last post, they were all so sweet and it made me so happy reading through them. I wasn’t really expecting anyone to even like it, seeing as it’s only the second post! You guys are brilliant.



11 thoughts on “An Adventure In Dollmaking (2)

  1. Claire April 29, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    what a sweetie she is, all more perfect for her tiny imperfections!


    • Julia May 1, 2016 / 3:25 pm

      Thank you! I think they give her a sort of quirky charm, at least πŸ˜€


  2. Allison April 30, 2016 / 12:10 am

    Aww, she turned out GREAT! She’s so cute, and yes she does look a bit sad – in a cute baby way, of course. πŸ˜‰ Those clothes are perfect on her! I love the third picture where you’re holding her and she’s sucking her thumb. πŸ™‚ I might have to try my hand at doll-making too! Are you going to make any more dolls?


    • Julia May 1, 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much, this is such a sweet comment. If you do decide to give doll-making a try I’d absolutely love to see how it goes! I think I will come back to making hard dolls again sometime, but I really love making cloth dolls so next I might just do some more of them- I’ll see where my motivation takes me (but I do have college deadlines coming up sadly!). Best of luck if you go ahead with the doll-making πŸ™‚


      • Allison May 1, 2016 / 8:51 pm

        You’re very welcome. πŸ™‚ I know how fun it is to get a sweet comment! Ooh, I’d love to see any cloth dolls you made too! Thanks so much! Actually, I have started a doll and she’s turning out great so far! I’m going to post about it when I’m done. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration!


  3. Julia May 1, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Allison: I’ve followed your blog, really looking forward to seeing your doll! ^_^ It’s great to know I’ve inspired someone aw. I’ll do a post on my cloth dolls sometime! πŸ˜€


  4. Allison May 5, 2016 / 12:57 am

    Aww, thanks so much for the follow! I actually just published a post with pictures of the doll in it! (Along with gobs of other clay things. πŸ˜€ ) Ooh, yes, I’d love to see a cloth doll post!


  5. K.A. May 16, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    That’s SOO cute!! πŸ™‚ I Loved it!! πŸ˜› Great job on her.


      • K.A. May 21, 2016 / 3:47 pm

        πŸ™‚ πŸ˜› No problem! πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚


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