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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

~VICTORIAN GOWN~


Back in November I started sewing a Victorian style Gown for a doll I've been working on. I usually do a mock up in muslin but I decided to use a cotton print fabric. One day I hope to start with a sketch.

The bodice is lined and the sleeves are being set in. I still find it difficult to sew an "applied costume". The applied costume cuts down on bulk, but I enjoy sewing "proper garments" that are fully lined.


Here's a sneak peek at the doll I'm costuming. These are the mock-up garments. I will be sewing her a bustle and possible train which I've never sewn before. There are many adjustments that need to be made but for her first fitting....not too bad. I'm also working on a masquerade mask.
Victorian Doll Gown WIP by Bethann Scott


Sunday, December 28, 2014

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL



Gingerbread Father Christmas by Bethann Scott thestitchfiddler

GINGERBREAD FATHER CHRISTMAS
My wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season are a little later than usual this year. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

As for me I was quite busy "cleaning out my attic" full of things collected over the years and found myself making several trips to the Goodwill and Salvation Army to donate. I didn't plan on all this sorting, after all I had a Gingerbread Father Christmas to finish. But Father Christmas and his sheep waited patiently on the shelf as I took truck loads to the thrift stores. Many of the items were Christmas decorations that I hoped others would enjoy.

Now that Christmas Day has come and gone, I'm now back to sewing and hope to finish Santa Claus and a few other projects.





Thursday, November 27, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL


I hope your Thanksgiving Day is filled with warmth, kindness and joy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CHRISTMAS ~JOY~ SANTA CLAUS

CHRISTMAS JOY SANTA WITH LAMB by Bethann Scott
 "Christmas Joy Santa". He is wearing a stripped wool coat and comes with one lamb. It's time to take a small break to prepare for the Thanksgiving Holidays.

Friday, November 21, 2014

OLD WORLD FATHER CHRISTMAS WITH SHEEP

Old World Father Christmas with Sheep by Bethann Scott 2014
I made two sheep that have curly lamb boucle wool coats. Tucked in his arm his a little lamb. The coat is made using a woven boucle wool and trimmed with cashmere.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TIME FOR SANTA DOLLS


Old World Father Christmas by Bethann Scott


Father Christmas
It's that time of year, a time to sew Santa Claus Dolls for the Christmas Holiday Season. I find that making these dolls brings a cheerful spirit. His wool coat and hood are made using wool in an evergreen color. He holds a jointed teddy bear, a twig wreath, a rustic lantern and a fabric wrapped package.
I will be making about 6 of these dolls and then I want to sew an angel or two.



Monday, November 10, 2014

MADAME MORI DOLL WIP


Madame Mori Doll WIP by Bethann Scott

For several days I've been working on an Asian Puppet Doll. The dolls costume consists of several layers and I've found myself switching out colors and fabrics. All her clothing is pinned in place for now until I'm completely satisfied with the color combinations.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MEDIEVAL WITCH WITH CROW

All the hard work is completed and she now stands finished holding her crow.
  I made her a black leather hat that is unlined for a little relaxed fit around her head. The leather is not an easy task to secure, sew to her head. A black Crow is perched on her right hand.
MEDIEVAL WITCH WITH CROW ART DOLL BY BETHANN SCOTT
 These are my first pair of split drawers. Since her dress is very form fitting, I needed to sew her a pair of drawers that had a drop waist so there wouldn't be such bulk showing under her satin gown. Her split drawers are made using black satin, french seams and embellished with black lace.
Split Doll Drawers by Bethann Scott The Stitch Fiddler

 I made her leather lace up boots and secured her to a doll stand.

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

FOLK ART AFRICAN AMERICAN DOLL

 She's wearing a red cotton dress with tiny yellow flowers, cotton bloomers, petticoat with eyelet lace, and a white cotton apron. I've had a few requests for these type of dolls. This may be the last one I make for awhile. I plan on making other African American Dolls but not in the older style.
Folk Art Black Doll by Bethann Scott
 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

RENAISSANCE WITCH

SHE'S FINISHED!
WITCH ART DOLL By Bethann Scott
  


Renaissance Witch by Bethann Scott
 My journey began with a thought of a Renaissance Witch. I wanted her to be a young pretty witch wearing a Renaissance outfit. I had no idea it would take so long to accomplish. But now that all the hard design work is done, the next one should be easier! 
 I had to make about 2 mock-ups for the vest, the chemise....and even the hat! The bustier vest had to have stays in order to keep it's form...I found this out by trial and error. The original chemise was gathered at the neckline but it was too bulky. These are the little stages that take so long when sewing a new outfit for one of my dolls. 
Whew! Finally done! 
She is wearing a three panel silk skirt, a bustier vest made using black satin, a cotton chemise and bloomers, leather lace-up boots and a black leather hat. I think the hardest thing to accomplish were the boots. The boots aren't perfect but hopefully the next ones will be. 
Now on to the next witch...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LACE UP LEATHER DOLL BOOT

Lace up leather boots
 I've been working diligently trying to finish her costume. I wanted to make her a pair of leather lace up boots. I looked at period Renaissance Shoes and thought a leather turn shoe may be fitting but I ended up hand sewing a leather high top lace up boot, something like a moccasin. This was quite the task.
 I finished her chemise and gave her bloomers and a purple silk skirt. She may also receive a petticoat.

Witch Doll by Bethann Scott
I've always longed to sew a corset for one of my dolls. I sewed her a corset style bodice with inserted stays. The vest is lined in silk and the loop holes are hand sewn. This took some time to get the fitting right. She's come a long way and now there is just a few more details to work out and she will be finished.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CHEMISE FITTING

The plans for this doll is a Renaissance style costume with a full skirt and possible bustier. I made a period chemise for the doll but after trying it on her, I realized it will be too bulky under her costume. I find it hard not to sew a complete costume including all the "proper" underpinnings.

Friday, September 12, 2014

BACK TO DOLL MAKING

During the past summer months I've focused most of my energy doing yard work and gardening. Now that the weather is cooler it's time to get back to doll making.
 
Cloth Art Doll by Bethann Scott  The Stitch Fiddler

Even though I have two unfinished doll projects, I started another cloth doll. I need to finish her face coloring and then on to attach her arms. More than likely she will become a beautiful Witch with black hair and a Medieval Gown or a dress and cape. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

OLD WOMAN WIP

Remember the Old Woman I was working on? I made one body that was too large for the head so I made a second body. I believe this body fits the head better.
Old Woman  WIP by Bethann Scott
I've attached the head, started sculpting the neck and added the clavicle (collar bone). There's much work to be done under the chin area. This figurative cloth and clay doll will be based on a Vintage Halloween Postcard.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DRANGONFLY WNGS

ALMOST DONE
DRAGONFLY WING WIP by Bethann Scott

Monday, August 18, 2014

CLOTH AND CLAY SQUIRREL DOLL

WHAT HAPPENED WITH THOSE SQUIRRELS?

They're still a work in progress. I dressed the male squirrel in a white linen shirt, a lined silk jacket, breeches, and brown suede stocking shoes. But my hubsand said the jacket looked like a dress.
Squirrel Doll WIP by Bethann Scott
 So off came the jacket and I made another in a wool plaid but I'm still not satisfied. I removed all his clothing except for the shirt which brings me back to square one with costuming this couple.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

DISCUSSING WHAT TO WEAR


Squirrel WIP by Bethann Scott
 The painting is complete and they are ready for clothing. Sometimes choosing the fabrics for dressing a doll can be difficult. There is so much to consider: the fabric design, color, and texture are a few. If they are to be sold as a set, I need to think about color combinations.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

IT'S TEA TIME!


Mad Tea Party Event July 12, 2014

MARK YOUR CALENDER AND GET READY FOR THE SPECIAL EVENT

On Saturday, July 12, 2014  the "Mad Tea Party" will begin. Are you ready? Would you like to join and have a mad blast? It's a blog hop to have fun, meet new bloggers and well....sip some great tea in your favorite tea cup.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

MISS MELONY "SQUIRREL WIP"


Squirrel Art Doll Work In Progress by Bethann Scott

Miss Melony received her bushy white tail today. I placed a Thunbergia flower from my garden in her hand. I thought about sculpting one from paper-clay.

 Sill much work to do.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

SQUIRREL WORK IN PROGRESS


 The Squirrel's finally have their bodies except for the arm sleeves. The sculpted head, hands and legs are not secured in place yet because I still have to do more sculpting and then paint. So do they look like squirrels or mice???

Sir Alexander Acorn and Miss Melony Doll WIP

Saturday, June 21, 2014

SQUIRREL WIP COMING ALONG

Today I added the ears but I'm not sure I'm going to add the ruff that goes below the cheek area. The "ruff" looks cute, but I'm leaning towards not adding it.

I need to do a little more around the neck flange area, sand and then hope to paint the faces this week. Also the class received lesson three which was to sew the body.


MY "ROBERT MCKINLEY" DOLL WIP

I finally decided to take the plunge and try making a doll following the techniques of the late artist Robert McKinley in his book "Dollmaking One Artists Approach". I've heard such great things about the artist. I know many artist use some of his techniques in their doll making process. This is my attempt to construct a doll using some of his techniques.




Making the cardboard body armature to develop a body pattern

I was hoping my paper clay Head would fit and could be used but it doesn't.

Draping muslin over the cardboard front torso armature


Front lower torso




The body is stuffed and ready for the neck plate to be formed

Covering the upper torso to receive neck plate
The neck plate was developed and is drying
Carefully removed the Neck Plate and peeled off all the foil .The Neck Plate is amazingly flexible!
Trying on the Doll's Neck Plate (it can be trimmed if necessary)
This is where I left off
This is the side view showing the doll's dowager slump
I was hoping the Old Woman Head would fit this body.....but to my surprise the muslin filled out a little fuller than anticipated and I had to go back to the drawing board to construct another body. Also, Robert McKinley made his doll using Super Sculpey, therefore, this body construction may not work with a Creative Paper Clay head and neck. We will see. This is my doll maker's muse for today.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

OLD WOMAN SCULPTURE ~SNEEK PEEK~ WIP

 A few days ago, I began a new paper clay sculpture. This is going to be an Old Woman. I've never sculpted an old woman using clay. Adding the the wrinkles and big nose was quite a delight! Yes, she is going to be based on a Vintage Halloween Postcard. Below is a photo before I added her eye lids and eye bags.
Sculpture WIP by Bethann Scott

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SQUIRREL WIP

This is just the beginning stages of the sculpt. I've never made an animal's head using paper clay. I also have to remember this is a "character figure" and not a "realistic" squirrel.
Squirrel Head Sculpture WIP by Bethann Scott
I like to sculpt during the summer and fall months. I can sit outside and not worry about the mess Creative Paper Clay can make. Most of the mess comes from the sanding part. I have a balcony overlooking our backyard and enjoy watching the birds and yes, the squirrels too!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

AFRICAN AMERICAN BOY DOLL FINISHED


African American Male Doll by Bethann Scott
He's wearing denim coveralls, a red and white plaid shirt and a straw hat. He will meeting Benita for the first time it just a few days. I hope the meeting goes well.


Monday, May 26, 2014

MEMORIAL DAY 2014

Memorial Day is a time to remember the men and women who died while serving in our country's armed forces. It's a time to reflect, to pay our respects, to give thanks to the brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. With this said, today, on Memorial Day I still honor my belated father for his military service and visit his grave even though he did not die while serving. I thank those past and present who serve our country.



Sunday, May 18, 2014

ANYA AND BABA DOLL #1 FINISHED

 "The Traveler" Doll called Anya and Baba

 Today I finished the last details. I changed her head position, made her a walking stick and necklace. I used my own baby design which has a trapunto style face. The baby is dressed in a one piece romper and I designed another hat that ties in the front under her chin.  At first I had the hat scrunched ....but I wasn't all that thrilled with how it looked. So I changed her look by allowing the hat to be more elf style. I love it! Well I'm finally done with the two dolls and it was a long but fun journey. Thank-you Angela for a wonderful class.


The Traveler Doll~ Anya and Baba~ by Bethann Scott (made during an online class)


Thursday, May 15, 2014

THE TRAVELLER DOLL #2 ~ANYA AND BABA~




ANYA AND BABA Doll #2
THE TRAVELER  by Bethann Scott



 I made Anya her hat and needle felted wool yarn in whimsy circles. It's different from the class pattern. I also made Baba a different style hat. I decided to go with my own baby's design. I may try Angela's for the other doll I need to finish. The class seems to be doing well with the baby.

 


 I swept Anya's hair to a side pony tail and added braided decorative yarn. Angela also showed the class how to make a necklace. For her necklace I chose glass beads. I also added the cuffs to her coat. I think I'm about finished.
 Here's the back view...I didn't add the beads to her coat. I'm not sure if I will or not.





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