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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

SUMMER TIME

Summer time is a time to work a little in the yard, a time to sip tea and read. It's hard for me to get any doll making finished when I enjoy being outdoors. Hopefully I can make time to finish Red Riding Hood and her big bad wolf for a challenge I would like to enter at the end of this month. Hope you are having a wonderful summer too!
 



A little more progress on the needle felted wolf...but there is much to be done.
Needle Felted Wolf WIP by Bethann Scott  The Stitch Fiddler



Sunday, July 2, 2017

THE BIG BAD WOLF

Have you ever wanted to make an animal for your cloth doll but didn't quite know how to go about it? I faced that dilemma several times wanting to make a dog, a cat or some critter and not knowing how to make the thing. I finally decided I would jump in make an armature and go from there. After all if you have the "bones" constructed right isn't it just a matter of fleshing out the animal?

I drew a sketch of the wolf to get the bone structure for the wire armature, which I think is the easier part. Next I had to decide how I was going to build up the body. What medium would I use?  Would I choose paperclay and sculpt the wolf or use spun cotton like I did for the Dodo Bird?

After much thought, I chose to needle felt the body to the armature using black wool. I've only needle felted a couple of times. Here's a look at my attempt to Needle Felt a black wolf.

The Wolf  Armature


After several layers of Needle Felting black wool:  There is still much work to be done, but it's a start.


And a sketch I did last month.




Friday, June 9, 2017

Sketching TIme

The garden flowers are planted, bushes are trimmed and it's time to relax and do a little sketching. I don't practice as often as I should and was amazed that my last sketch was six months ago. I have a longing to learn pencil drawing techniques and will need to purchase a good "how to" book. Meanwhile, I subscribe to a few you-tube sites to help with instruction. I prefer to draw using the observation method. I don't like using grids, measurements or tracing. Here's what I've been sketching:

I followed an online you-tube tutorial to draw the frog.


 Eye Practice following an online tutorial


But my real passion is just to observe the subject, like this little girl, and sketch what I see. And this is what I did. Just look at a photo and draw. It's just a start...maybe if I practice a little each day, my drawings will improve. I hope not to wait another six months.





Saturday, May 27, 2017

ALICE AND THE DODO BIRD FINISHED

I was glad to pick up a needle and finish the Dodo Birds clothing. I found this soft brushed suede fabric in my stash and thought it would be perfect for his vest and jacket. Both are lined and bias trim was used around the armholes.

The body of the Dodo Bird is made of spun cotton and yarn over a wire armature and it's my first spun cotton construction. It was quite the undertaking and I'm glad I accomplished the task.
 

The Dodo is 15" tall and Alice is 13" (including her stand).
 
I didn't get fancy with the clothing. I wanted the dolls to be the center of attention. I may make Alice a white cotton apron. Other than that this pair is finished.
 
After all the time and energy that went into these dolls, it's going to be difficult to put them up for sale.
 
Alice is 13" tall including her checkered stand.
 
Alice has golden blonde hair made using Tibetan Lambs wool.
 
Here's Alice in a simple two piece bodice and skirt outfit made with pastel blue linen. She wears white cotton petticoat and bloomer underpinnings. The stockings and shoes are painted.




Sunday, April 16, 2017

HAPPY EASTER 2017

Wishing all my friends a Happy Easter!



Friday, March 24, 2017

ALICE IN WONDERLAND AND THE DODO BIRD

I can't believe I haven't posted for over a month. I've been caught up working on Alice In Wonderland and the Dodo Bird and posting here and there on FB. Here's what I've been doing:

I made an armature for the Dodo Bird using a sketch I drew of the bird's skeleton. Then I built up the bird in layers . The beak and wings are movable.



 The Dodo Bird  stands 15" tall and Alice is 12" tall. She won't be wearing what she has on...these were just cotton mock-ups. I usually try a few different styles. I didn't like the fit of this bodice jacket or the skirt....so I made others.






I made her a pair of fitted pantaloons using her body measurements. I didn't want a loose gathered pair of bloomers. The bodice was made using the drape method.
I made her a wig using Tibetan Lamb's wool in a golden blonde color.


And...I've been playing around with my new lighting equipment.









Sunday, February 19, 2017

Rabbits and Facebook

I have Spring fever especially since the last couple of days have been in the upper 60s. Here in Ohio we don't expect this lovely type of weather in February. I started sewing my wool Rabbits and listed them in Etsy.




A few months back I also opened up a Facebook page. For those of you who would like to follow along with me on FB and like my page, below is the link. Now back to sewing more rabbits.

I'm having some fun experimenting with collages for my FB cover page. For now I have this one posted but will be changing to a spring cover page soon.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I'M A NEW MEMBER

Recently I was invited to join a group "The Professional Doll Makers Art Guild". After viewing the website, I decided to join and became a new member today. The dolls are to be originals and not from patterns. I'm truly amazed at all the wonderful doll makers and their talent.


As many of you know, I don't show photos of myself. Well, I guess it was time to get over that fact because I needed to submit a photo of me for the new member page and for my doll page.


This is my photo you will see on the website.



Friday, January 27, 2017

Pixie Fairy

Another elf doll is complete and this one received wings. I would say she is more of a Fairy than an elf. Maybe a Moss Fairy. I did several experiments while making her.  Trying a little of this with a little of that. It was a learning experience for me. There's a small sense of accomplishment to construct a doll from an armature sketch. I wasn't sure what she would become, she may not be perfect, but I enjoyed the process.

Pixie Fairy Art Doll by Bethann Scott  ©2017




This is a photo of her head before I changed her ears.



This photo shows her start. I sketched her bone structure to help me with laying out the armature.



 And here she is...
Moss Fairy Art Doll by Bethann Scott  ©2017



Thursday, January 19, 2017

THREE DOLL WIPS

For several weeks I've been sculpting using Creative Paper Clay. I started by drawing a sketch of the doll's body and armature to help me determine the size of each doll. I was only going to make one doll but decided to have three going at the same time while I wait for the clay to dry.

Here's the first doll for 2017. I'm not sure if I'm finished or if she will receive wings or not.



I started with sculpting her head
 
Meanwhile I began two more sculpts
Creative Paper Clay Elf  Doll WIP by Bethann Scott


 I made her a wig using lamb's wool and it does take forever to do this process.



 And here she is before I decide whether or not to leave her as is or to tame her hair, give her a hat and wings... decisions....decisions....
Paper Clay Art Doll by Bethann Scott ©2017   The Stitch Fiddler

Sunday, January 1, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!!!!!

Hoping this year will bring good things your way.
Happy New Year

Masquerade Doll by Bethann Scott


Saturday, December 24, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016!!

Wishing you a wonderful and happy Christmas. I hope your day is filled with love and joy. MERRY CHRISTMAS.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WOOL BARN OWL

Making a few textile Owl Dolls. This little guy is made using Herringbone pattern wool. The wings are layered using wool and the belly is needle felted. He will be in my Etsy Shop today.



I'm trying to keep up on my sketching. Here is a Horned Owl pencil drawing I recently did. Who knows maybe I'll make a textile horned owl.

Pencil Sketch Horned Owl by Bethann Scott ©2016


Sunday, December 4, 2016

LEARNING TO SKETCH

Recently I've had the desire to learn how to sketch. I've always enjoyed drawing when I was a child, but never pursued my interest in art. I found my husbands sketch pad and began sketching facial features thinking this would enable me to draw better faces on my dolls. Then I tried my hand at sketching my first animals, the kitten and cat. Please remember I am a beginner at this.

I though I would try sketching facial features first.
Learning to sketch facial features by Bethann Scott 2016


I have much to learn. It will take practice, practice, practice.


 I'm using You Tube Tutorials to help me learn. This is my first kitten drawing.
My first Kitten Sketch by Bethann Scott 2016


After the kitten I was on a roll and sketched a cat with the help of another You Tube Tutorial. I'm having such a great time that it's hard to stop.
Cat pencil drawing by Bethann Scott 2016




Friday, November 25, 2016

CANDY CANE FATHER CHRISTMAS

This Father Christmas doll is made in a more traditional style wearing a red wool coat trimmed in white. I had to do a little work on the cart. It needed stained and I added twigs for the sheep to pull the cart. I also made a leather harness for the lamb. In some ways I hope this one doesn't sell because I would love to keep this one for me.

Folk Art Father Christmas with Sheep by Bethann Scott ©2016


Old World Father Christmas by Bethann Scott ©2016




Thursday, November 17, 2016

GINGERBREAD FATHER CHRISTMAS

Wow another week has passed by, where does time go? In the past week I'm managed to finish a couple of Gingerbread Father Christmas dolls. I also have three that need their clothing. After these Father Christmas dolls are done, I'm moving on to do a few Snowmen.  I'm just not the kind of artist that likes to make dolls in a production style process and prefer one doll at a time. But Christmas is different and it's the time of year I can indulge in my "Folk Art" style.

Gingerbread Father Christmas with sheep by Bethann Scott ©2016  The Stitch Fiddler



Folk Art Old World Santa Doll by Bethann Scott ©2016  The Stitch Fiddler