~The Stitch Fiddler~ Bethann Scott


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Making a Landscape Quilt for my Dolls

The past three weeks I've been busy sewing raw edge applique onto a beautiful blue linen fabric. All the applique work is hand stitched in place. My idea was to make a landscape style quilt as a backdrop for my dolls. This is my first try and I'm not finished yet. I may add more fabric pieces to the green area at the bottom, I need to tweak a few things and make this into a quilt. 
I purchased a free motion embroidery quilt foot for my sewing machine which arrived in the mail a few days ago. I've never layered a quilt before so I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope it turns out okay in the end.

Sunday, March 18, 2018


To celebrate Saint Patrick's Day I thought I would post a photo of a Folk Art Style cloth rag doll I made back in 2011. My style of cloth dolls has changed over the last few years. I miss sewing the rag dolls but I have new things in store for 2018. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Here she is, finally finished her even though a tad past Epiphany Eve. I just had to dress her in wool. She's wearing a beautiful Herringbone Wool lace-up bodice and panel skirt. Much work went into the making of La Befana.

La Befana Art Doll by Bethann Scott ©2018  The Stitch Fiddler

 I wanted her to wear a pair of slightly weathered boots, after all she's been tracking in the snow for hours delivering all those toys to the children of Italy.

La Befana Doll Boots by Bethann Scott "The Stitch Fiddler" ©2018

Cloth Art Doll La Befana by Bethann Scott ©2018 The Stitch Fiddler
And....La Befana always carries a broom to sweep those floors when finished....so
I made her a broom! These are the little finishing touches that I enjoy making.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

SEWING DOLL CLOTHES FOR LA BEFANA DOLL ~The Stitch Fiddler ~ Bethann Scott

 La Befana will be the first doll for the New Year 2018. Unfortunately, she won't be ready in time for Epiphany Eve. She's going to be a tad late this year since Epiphany is January 5th.
  My plans are to have the bodice lace up the front which means adjusting the pattern. 

Using the drape method to make a front bodice block.
Bodice WIP by Bethann Scott "The Stitch Fiddler" ©2018

  First mock-up using the front and back bodice pattern.

Bodice WIP by Bethann Scott "The Stitch Fiddler" ©2018

I hope 2018 brings many exciting moments for all my Blogger friends. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

La Befana Cloth Doll WIP

I'm in the middle of two cloth doll projects. At the moment I'm laying one aside so I can finish the La Befana Doll first.  After all, she is the Italian Christmas Gift Giver and needs to be done before Epiphany Eve. 

La Befana doll in progress by Bethann Scott  The Stitch Fiddler ©2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


My latest creation for the Holiday season is this Christmas Gnome or should I say Elf?

OOAK Gnome Art Doll by Bethann Scott ©2017

I needle felted his coat using several different fiber colors. I wasn't sure how the green would turn out. But I loved it and added it to the edges. The coat is very soft....I think I want one.
~The Stitch Fiddler~ Needle Felt Elf Jacket by Bethann Scott ©2017 

Christmas Gnome Art Doll by Bethann Scott ©2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Wishing all a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving Day!

"Bethann Scott" The Stitch Fiddler Folk Art Pilgrim Doll ©

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Father Christmas

A delightful Father Christmas dressed in a red wool coat and hood. He's ready to make his deliveries with his lamb pulling a sleigh full of goodies.

Father Christmas Doll by Bethann Scott ©2017 "The Stitch Fiddler"

Friday, November 10, 2017

Old World Father Christmas ~The Stitch Fiddler ~ Bethann Scott

Now that summer is past and Autumn is here it's time for me to begin Christmas dolls. To start the season off, I made a Folk Art Father Christmas dressed in cream wool.  I also made a Feather Tree decorated with miniature baskets and rustic jingle bells.

Old World Father Christmas Doll by Bethann Scott "The Stitch Fiddler" ©2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Red Riding Hood: a work in progress

  Though I love the outdoors, I'm glad to be inside sewing again. Yesterday and today was spent making her wig using Tibetan lamb's wool. I purchase the wool on the hide, clip off in tiny pieces and then glue onto a wig cap that is fitted specifically for her head size. This process takes about 7-8 hours to complete. I love the results so I figure it's worth the time.

The dress she's wearing is just temporary until I decide on her costume. My plans are to make a chemise, a fitted dress and of course, a red cape.

Red Riding Hood is a work in progress

 I used Tibetan lamb's wool for her wig making.
Doll Hair WIP by Bethann Scott ~The Stitch Fiddler ~ ©2017

 This is what I've accomplished so far. 
Red Riding Hood and Wolf Doll In Progress by Bethann Scott ©2017 The Stitch Fiddler

Saturday, September 30, 2017


It's hard to believe it's been almost one month since my last post. As far as sewing goes, I haven't accomplished much. Most of my time has been spent outdoors enjoying nature. A few days ago I began work on my "Red Riding Hood" doll. 

Adding color to her face is the most enjoyable phase of doll making.
Red Riding Hood Art Doll WIP by Bethann Scott ©2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Once Upon A Time...

"Once Upon A Time" is such a magical phrase, a beginning for enchantment to unfold.

Today I entered my "Alice and The Dodo" in a fairy tale themed challenge. I haven't entered a doll challenge in years. I'm not sure how many entered and am eager to see all the wonderful dolls. The winners will be selected in one week.

Alice In Wonderland Art Doll and The Dodo Bird by Bethann Scott "The Stitch Fiddler" ©2017

The Blue Angel Doll sold this past week and traveled to her new destination. I will miss her beautiful face and delicate pose.
"The Blue Angel" Art doll by Bethann Scott ©2017 The Stitch Fiddler

Sunday, July 2, 2017


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? 

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.

After several layers of Needle Felting black wool:  There is still much work to be done, but it's a start.
Needle Felt Wolf WIP by Bethann Scott "The Stitch Fiddler" ©2017

And a sketch I did last month.
Wolf Pencil Drawing by Bethann Scott ©2017

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.
Pencil Drawing by Bethann Scott ©2017

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.
Pencil Drawing in progress by Bethann Scott TheStitch Fiddler ©2017

Child Pencil Drawing by Bethann Scott ©2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017


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. The Dodo is 15" tall and Alice is 13" (including her stand).

Alice in Wonderland and The Dodo Bird by Bethann Scott "The Stitch Fiddler" ©2017
I didn't get fancy with the clothing. I wanted the dolls to be the center of attention. 
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.
Alice In Wonderland Cloth Doll by Bethann Scott ©2017

Friday, March 24, 2017


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.

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.
Doll Wig Wip by Bethann Scott "The Stitch Fiddler" ©2017

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.
Wool Rabbit Doll by Bethann Scott ©2017

I'm having some fun experimenting with collages.