I have always loved looking at the many designs and varieties of fabric dolls. As part of the Soul Food course over at Community Thrive. I am still making my way through some of the lessons, and savoring the inspiring teaching. Artist Susana Tavares showed us how she makes her dolls, and I gave it a go and came up with a couple of designs, one of which I will share today.
|Mixed media art doll|
It has been great making this one, which I first painted then cut out the pattern and sewed together. I have made a few additions and she decided that she would be and ideas doll. Her purpose is to hang around with a note pad and pens and be there when an idea strikes me so that I can take out the pad and write it down.
|Pocket created in the back to carry notebook and pens|
To her back I put a couple of pockets that could hold a mini journal and some pens. The pocket was recycled and painted from one of my sons old school uniform trousers.
|Jeweled out with accessories|
Her hair and head dress was made from wool and crocheted flower headband - it kind of reminds me of the 80's style
I made some simple earrings using beads and jewelry findings, and picked up a necklace and broach at the charity shop.
|Weighed down with stones|
I used small stones to weigh down the doll so that she would stand up, though you can use rice or other grain.
She likes going everywhere, and I thought that I would spend some time in the garden getting some inspiration, I might have to make another one to keep her company, and a few smaller ones with encouraging words. Come back next week for Material Mondays to see what I make out of fabric Check out Susana's site, she has lots of other things that will be a feast for the eyes and may be inspire you to create.