Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Christmas Gnome...

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.
This little Elf went through many stages to achieve the end results. I started with a wire armature and built up cotton in layers until I was pleased with his form. Then the clothing and so on.

 Here's the final result with his needle felted hat and jingle bell. I hope you like him.
Christmas Gnome Art Doll by Bethann Scott ©2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017


 Wishing all my blogger friends a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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 (Santa Claus) by Bethann Scott ©2017

 A traditional red coat for Santa.

 Finishing the trim

Folk Art Father Christmas Doll by Bethann Scott ©2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Old World Father Christmas

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.
Old World Father Christmas and Lamb by Bethann Scott ©2017

 I also made a Feather Tree decorated with miniature baskets and rustic jingle bells.
The base of the tree is a little wooden box that I stained using minwax and topped with lamb's wool. 

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.

During this stage I'm forming what will become the center part.


 This is what I've accomplished so far. There's still much work to be done.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

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. I managed to get her body sewn, the head sculpted, the cloth overlay applied and added some color to her face.

Cloth overlay is applied to cover the center seam.
Cloth Art Doll WIP by Bethann Scott thestitchfiddler ©2017

Adding color to her face is the most enjoyable phase of doll making.
Textile 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.

The Blue Angel Doll sold this past week and traveled to her new destination. I will miss her beautiful face and delicate pose.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


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


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


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


Wishing all my friends a Happy Easter!

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 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 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


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

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