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Sunday, December 15, 2013

ELF CHIMNEY AND ARMATURE

~ELF~  On The Rooftop
The stockings are painted and he needs shoes. The online doll class instructions give a different way of making the Chimney, which are very good. But I did my own thing. I used a pencil to draw the bricks freehand trying to get the bricks to go around the corners and match up.

The Chimney still needs the "secret ingredient" Kathryn Walmsley gives us to make the top of the Chimney roof look like cement. This is my first doll wire armature. I decided to go with another style of armature than what the class was instructed to do. There's nothing wrong with the online class armature....it's just sometimes I may change up or do something different.
Elf on Rooftop Work In Progress ~Armature~
by Bethann Scott   The Stitch Fiddler

Saturday, December 14, 2013

SCULPTING ELF HANDS AND LEGS


I finished sculpting the arms and legs. Since these are my first pair, it took awhile. I was trying to follow Kathryn's instructions and measurements during her online class.
If I sculpt more often, I will purchase special tools to sculpt the fingernails. The holes are drilled to receive the armature and I started the painting.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

PAINTING THE ELF FACE

                 
Christmas Elf WIP by Bethann Scott



The next step will be adding the Holly Leafs to his hat.



Tuesday, December 3, 2013

~ONLINE DOLL CLASS ~MIXED MEDIA~


Up On The Roof Top With Kathryn Walmsley 

 During this class I will learn to design my own project working from a favorite 2D image. Kathryn gives good instructions on the size of each feature which is a great help.
Paper Clay Elf Face WIP by Bethann Scott




Thursday, November 21, 2013

SNOW PRINCESS OOAK ART DOLL

SNOW PRINCESS DOLL
Snow Princess Art Doll by Bethann Scott
I made her Tiara using crystals and glass seed beads with a pearl teardrop center.The Evening Gown is a mermaid style gown which is made using a white satin fabric. I beaded the top of the bodice top with silver sequins and glass seed beads.

         

The Evening Wrap has extended front flaps which can be positioned in front or tucked under her arms and directed toward the back or even crossed in front. The Wrap is made using a beautiful Silver Shimmer Organza (difficult to sew with).


       



Sunday, November 17, 2013

ANGEL DOLL WIP UPDATE


 Angel?  Snow Fairy? Winter Fairy??
Winter Fairy Work In Progress by Bethann Scott
I have sewn her a white wig made with soft Tibetan Lamb's wool.This is the second toile dress I made. I need to make a few adjustments. I may sew her a caplet. When I start a new creation, there is so much thought processing to go through before the finished doll.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

ANGEL OR MADONNA WORK IN PROGRESS

I'm  working on my own new creation. Her body is finished. I was going to use broadcloth for the entire body, but I ended up using muslin. Muslin fingers are very difficult to turn unless it is a bigger size doll or a mitten hand. Therefore, I had to design a new hand to go with this muslin doll.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

FOLK ART SANTA WITH SHEEP PULL TOY

CHRISTMAS HOPE SANTA CLAUS
Father Christmas is wearing a striped woven wool blend fabric in green, red, tan and blue. Rusty jingle bells embellish the front of his coat. He has a red wool scarf around his neck. He holds a "HOPE" garland strand and comes with a sheep pull toy.

FOLK ART SANTA CLAUS WITH SHEEP PULL TOY
Handmade by Bethann Scott  


Thursday, November 7, 2013

AMERICANA FATHER CHRISTMAS ~ TREE~ LANTERN ~ SHEEP

Americana Old World Father Christmas
He's dresssed in a blue wool felt coat with a separate hooded caplet. The coat is open in the front to show the red and white striped cotton robe under his coat.
Americana Father Christmas by Bethann Scott
The Stitch Fiddler

Thursday, October 31, 2013

FATHER CHRISTMAS ~ CREAM COLOR~


FATHER CHRISTMAS By Bethann Scott

Father Christmas is dressed in cream colors.
His coat and hood are made using vintage Cashmere. His gift package is wrapped in linen and I added a white pearl bead sprig. Father Christmas comes with a small basket, package, teddy bear and pearl sprigs.




Saturday, October 26, 2013

ITALIAN FOLK ART DOLL LA BEFANA

                                            




In the Italian folklore, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve, the night of January 5th.

                
She carries her basket of goodies lined with a vintage handkerchief.




Thursday, October 24, 2013

PRIMITIVE OLDE THYME SANTA CLAUS AND TREE ~LAMB~ CHRISTMAS



Folk Art Santa Claus Doll by Bethann Scott
Santa Claus or as some say, Father Christmas, comes with a little wooly lamb tucked under his arm. His coat is embellished with rustic bells. The Christmas stockings are made using wool.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

FOLK ART OLD WORLD SANTA WITH SHEEP

"SNOWTOWN THIS WAY" 
Old World Santa Claus with Sheep by Bethann Scott
The Stitch Fiddler

 Santa is dressed in evergreen wool. He holds a twig style basket filled with goodies such as a Gingerbread Boy, Gingerbread Girl, lollipops, and cinnamon sticks.


Friday, October 18, 2013

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE FINISHED

SHE IS SOLD AND WILL BE TRAVELING TO ITALY





Mother of the Bride by Bethann Scott (Jill Mass Design)


She has a pink rose and baby breath corsage, pearl necklace and earrings and a organza handkerchief. Velvet Handbag and Velvet shoes embellished with sequins and a pink Rondelle Crystal bead. The Mother of the Bride was given a nice size "Church Hat" that is embellished with silk flowers, floral organza, baby pink tulle, and feathers. Her earrings are lavender and white pearls.
She's all ready for that Happy Day.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

ARMS ~LEGS~ AND LACE PANTIES

Jill Mass Doll WIP by Bethann Scott
 She received her arms, legs and a pair of  lace panties. I made them knee length. She has these skinny legs, big tummy and bottom. Next I will be making her nylon stockings and a pink satin blouse. I did have to use the Craft Velour. I tried the doll in cotton and it just doesn't look good. Craft Velour has a fuzzy side and a smooth side, either side of the fabric can be facing out. I decided to have the smooth side facing out.



Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Box is Finished

FRED AND FROGS ARE SOLD
THEY WILL BE TRAVELING TO ITALY

FRED AND FROGS IN A BOX

 
I tried several different trims on the box before deciding on the brown polka dot trim
(meanwhile the frogs were being silly)
 

 
I embellished all four sides of the box with sequins and glass seed beads. Each one is hand sewn onto the box separately. This took about one hour for each side!

 

Monday, August 12, 2013

AFRICAN AMERICAN COUPLE DOLL SET

I've been working on the male doll for the last week. He is wearing a white cotton shirt and brown linen overalls. The straw hat was purchased and not hand made. I haven't learned the art of making straw hats yet. This was a custom order for a lady that purchased the girl doll.
African American Couple Doll by Bethann Scott
 

African American Male Doll by Bethann Scott





Saturday, August 10, 2013

MY FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE DOLL~ FOLK ART DOLL~

I've been busy working on my first African American male doll. I'm making him a pair of overalls. He has on the toile muslin of the overalls to check the fit. I need to make a couple of adjustments and then on to the sew his overalls.  He will have a cotton or linen shirt and possible hat. I'm not sure what color to make the overalls yet. He may look good in a lighter color...not sure.


Thursday, July 18, 2013

PIXIE ART DOLL WITH SCARLET TANAGER

Pixie Fairy Art Doll by Bethann Scott
This is my design which has taken several weeks to accomplish. Her bodice and skirt are made using wool which are both lined. The brown jacket and pantalets are made using wool. She has little green slippers and a green pixie hat.




Thursday, July 11, 2013

DESIGNING IS HARD WORK

I've been working on a new doll for weeks now. Designing is hard work. I wanted to make a seated doll that could sit alone without help. Not satisfied with the body yet, but with practice comes perfection.The torsos and arms are piling up and I've been experimenting with different fabrics. Not all cottons react the same either!
 I changed darts to see how the torso would react. Just changing a dart makes a big difference.


Since I was in the experimenting mood, I tried something new with the painting process. I painted the entire body a flesh color using textile paint and Liquitex Fabric Medium. I don't paint the cloth fabric unless it is for gloves or shoes. But this time I painted the entire body and head with a flesh base color. I had no idea how the color pencils would take on the face. I barely touched the doll and there was color! I think it was a little harder to control.





Saturday, June 15, 2013

SHEPHERDESS WITH LAMB ART DOLL


SHEPHERDESS AND LAMB ART DOLL By Bethann Scott

Her clothing consists of pantalets, chemise, skirt, shoes and my first pair of socks. She also has on a fully lined hooded cape that is made using brown linen.


I was going to give her leather shoes but went for a little softer look.

Shepherdess with Lamb OOAK Doll




Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shepherdess Holding Lamb Work In Progress


Well she's coming along and now has her little lamb. My inspiration for this doll was a framed picture that is hanging in my living room (below).


 I wanted to make a shepherdess but I just couldn't find a lamb pattern that was three dimensional unless I purchased a needle felting kit/pattern. Needle felting takes way too long and I want to sew, not needle felt. I searched quite some time thinking I would easily find a pattern. But most of the patterns I saw were for primitive style sheep and I wanted a  more realistic looking lamb. So I created my own starting with a few sketches. I thought I would have to do the prototype several times....but to my amazement ...this was the first one! Not perfect...but I like it. I couldn't attach the doll's arms until I had the lamb finished.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

FOLK ART GYPSY DOLL~PEDDLER DOLL~

 I finished my Gypsy doll today with the final touches of adding the jewelry, giving her a basket full of textiles and then mounting her to her stand. I think I changed her head scarf wrap several times and played around with different fabrics and colors until I finally settled with a Crown Wrap.
OOAK GYPSY ART DOLL BY BETHANN SCOTT
THE STITCH FIDDLER






Thursday, May 9, 2013

ELF BOY WIP PROGRESS


I've been so busy with my other projects that this little elf boy got pushed aside. Well he's coming along. I made him a pair of britches using green velour, a cotton shirt, a black leather vest, leather hat and red Tibetan lamb's wool hair.

 

Elf Art Doll WIP by Bethann Scott

Friday, May 3, 2013

DOLL SKETCHES


I'm taking another online doll class by Angela Jarecki. Her name is Saika. I've never made an Asian doll and this class will go over how to capture Asian features. During the class we will do a little drawing/sketching. I don't sketch much, but I thought I would give it a try. The first lesson was to do some sketches. Here are my practice sketches....please remember I Don't Sketch very often.

I did two practice sketches

This sketch seems to be a combination of African/Asian...


This sketch captures a little more Asian...
(these were just quick practice sketches)
Now on to sew the head...front view....







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