Posts Tagged ‘cloth dolls’

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My entries for the 2013 Texas State Fair…

August 13, 2013

It is that time of year again, time to enter my items in the State Fair.  This will be year number seven.  I hope something places, as I have at least placed every year with my dolls, but hope they are not too risque this year… I mean they are mother and daughter strippers…LOL.  The rug is my third attempt at rug hooking and I think it turned out well.  I use old fabric and clothes for my rugs.  They are “green” I guess you could say.  Both dolls are my own patterns and I think they turned out well.  I couldn’t find any patterns of girls with really large “girls” so made my own.  I will post once I find out if any of them place, which I will be notified by September.  Till next time…

big-mamma-frontbig-mama-back   purse-back purse-front rugfullrugfront  flobackflofront

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Floppy Flo has got a new pair of shoes… well stripper boots…

April 9, 2013

Today we are going to give Floppy Flo some shoes, well thigh high boots.  The process really is rather easy.  The heel is already built into the doll fflowfeet1oot as part of the pattern.  I have folded chenille sticks in the heel for strength.  I then used my permanent, waterproof marker and colored in the foot and just above the ankle.  I didn’t do the whole leg as I was going to glue felt over most of the leg,  I then took my fabric glue, which I prefer Beacon’s 3 in 1 that you can get at any good hobby store.  It goes on thick and dries fast.  It also doesn’t expand or cause issues with the fabric.  I then wrapped the felt around the leg and cut the excess at the ankle so I didn’t have a lot of extra fabric to deal with.  Normally if you don’t like to glue then cut you can take the leg pattern of your doll and floboots1use that as a template for your boot top making sure you leave some allowance for the seam lines.  You can use whatever type of material you want for the boots. I have used leather, fake leather, suede, fabric, vinyl, felt, whatever matched the outfit.  Just so it can be glued and then thin enough to stitch through, as you are going to sew the laces down the front of the boot to give it more character.

For the laces you can use a matching thread, thin or thick thread, or a contrasting thread, it is up to you and the look you are wanting to get.  I like using a contrast color that matches the rest of the costume so I can use it as an accent, but that is my thing.  When you make your own doll you can make the boots any color you like, out of any fabric you want, and use any thread type you think will work.  I haven’t tried a metallic thread, as I find they stretch too much for me, but they would make a cofloboots2ol accent on your boots.  You can also just make ankle high shoes.  Instead of gluing anything to the leg just take your pen or paint and color the show up to where you want it to stop.  You could paint a set of pumps, baby dolls, sew toes on the foot aflobootsbacknd make a heeled sandal, it is completely up to you.  If you use a doll pattern that does not have the heel built-in then you could make flats, flat boots, sandals of any type, or make a pair of stripper heels as tall as you would like bflobootfronty using Fimo or some other type of clay and then attaching fabric to the clay heel, but that is for another post or book, as there are so many options I do not have room to even explain them all here.

Next I am either going to do Floppy Flo’s face or hair, not sure which, but I normally paint the face before the hair, as that keeps me from having to worry about getting paint on the hair, plus it gives me a bigger palate to work from, as I normally like to sew the hair down around the face so you don’t have those big blank areas on the head where hair should be, but has moved over and now looks funny.  Hope you are enjoying our journey with Flo and till next time…

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Floppy Flo needs some fancy underwear…

April 4, 2013

floppyflowundiesAll good strippers need a nice pair of undies, even though they won’t be staying on very long.  In trying to decide what to use for Flo’s underwear I pulled out a couple of my lace bins and started digging.  I found two very pretty pieces of lace that I had hand dyed bright colors and decided they would make the perfect addition to her costume.  I then took these pieces and hand sewed them in place.  I then had to decide what I was going to do with her floppy parts.  This was a hard decision, as they are long and many of the pieces of fabrics I used just didn’t look right so I finally found a large piece of lace fabric and cut out pieces the size I needed and began making Flo a bra by hand sewing the pieces directly on her breasts.  If she was a real person this would never work, but since she is cloth, and I have no intention of taking the costume off, it was easier to just sew the fabric directly to her body.  What this did prove is floppyflowbutta good bra really does put the “girls” where they belong, as Floppy Flo isn’t as floppy as she was before the new bra. She is still pretty floppy though.  I am liking the way the underwear is looking, but I want to make sure that the rest of her costume enhances what is already there and not overpower it or cover it up.

The fun of working with cloth dolls is you have the option of being able to sew directly to the body or make the clothes removable.  You know that box or bag of little fabric scraps you floppyflo1don’t know what to do with?  Use them in making your costumes for your dolls.  Most sewing projects take rather large pieces of fabric,  but when you are working with a little 14″ doll or smaller you don’t need much fabric.  Also, after certain times of the year such as Halloween your local fabric store puts those fancy fabrics on 80 to 90 percent off and most people have no idea what to do with, well make a fancy doll with them.  You can make dancers, evening gowns, whatever, and you aren’t spending a lot of money either.

This is why I so love working with fabric, if you use coupons, look in the bargain bin, or check out fabrics that are holiday themed and you are now past that holiday, you can get some remarkable deals and have more fabric to play with.  I don’t know how many times I have gone to Joann Fabric the week after Halloween or when they are having 50% off the already discounted bargain bin and bought half a yard of 10 different fabrics and everyone asks what I am going to do with all that different fabric.  I get to tell them I am a doll artist and I just like the fabric and it is going in my bin for the next doll I am working on.  Even if you don’t make dolls, that fabric is great for wall hangings, art quilts, purses, or whatever type of fabric art you are into.  I really love the look of crazy quilts and those are great for using small pieces of weird or fancy fabric, as you can tie it all together with embroidery, trims, or whatever you please.

Next time we are going to see what Floppy Flo gets to wear on her feet.  I am thinking thigh high boots are in order, as what stripper doesn’t look good in a fancy pair of boots?  Till next time…

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Sassythreadworks.com is still around and latest project…

August 28, 2012

This past few months have been both slow and crazy… I am still around and working on dolls, purses, and commercial embroidery for clients. The above pictures are of a purse I just finished for a friend. She provided the fabric…I designed the pattern. I plan on posting more in the next few weeks, as I have several projects I am working on and want to share them with you.  Till next time….