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Friday, November 13, 2015

Leather Doll Shoes

I decided to make a pair of leather shoes for the Witch Corrine Doll. I didn't want to cover up her pretty velveteen tights so I made them ankle height. Now she's complete.

Leather Doll Shoes by Bethann Scott



WITCH CORRINE

 In the previous post I sewed a cotton mock up blouse. I liked the full sleeve but not the bulk. So off came the blouse. Originally I planned on sewing a chemise and bloomers, but as I worked a different style emerged. Not the typical witch costume I sew.
Witch Art Doll by Bethann Scott © 2015

 
I sewed a mermaid style dress with godet inserts. Since the dress is form fitting bloomers wouldn't do so I sewed her velveteen tights. With the velveteen tights there is almost no need for shoes. 
It's been awhile since I named a doll, but this one may be named Corrine and yes, she is a witch.

Cloth Art Doll by Bethann Scott © The Stitch Fiddler

Friday, October 23, 2015

BLOUSE WIP

Thought I would begin with a new blouse style I've never sewn before. I started with a cotton mock up. I have one arm sewn on the doll to check the sleeve fit. The cuff is pinned in place. There's lots of fine tuning to do and I'm not sure I like the "gathered" off the shoulder seam. This is the joy of costuming a doll! It would be much easier to use the applied costume method....but habits are hard to break.

BLOUSE WIP BY BETHANN SCOTT © 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ANOTHER WITCH IN THE MAKING

Another Witch in the making...

I'm almost finished with her face, a few finishing touches. Tonight she will have her arms sewn in place and I hope to have time to make her wig. I've chosen a silver grey for the hair color. But as always things change along the way.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

PUMPKIN PIE ONLINE CLASS

A For Artistic is offering an online class with Artist Kathyrn Walmsley using creative paper clay. The class started September 8th and I probably won't catch up since I'm joining so late. But the class will help me get focused on Halloween themed items that I need to be working on.

 
The size of 7.5-inch sculpture is going to be a small creation! She has her own setting complete with black cats! The above photos is by Artist Kathyrn Walmsley. If you would like to join, below is the link.

Friday, September 18, 2015

THE WITCH IS READY


 My first Halloween Witch Doll for 2015

Her outfit is made using linen for her chemise and split drawers, wool was used for the skirt and vest and leather for the hat and boots. She stands ready with her handmade Witch Broom!

 I made her a pair of leather lace up boots
 I decorated her stand and made her a broom.

 I wasn't sure if I wanted her wool vest to be open or closed.
WITCH ART DOLL by Bethann Scott © 2015




Sunday, September 13, 2015

WITCH WIP

I was glad to pick up a sewing needle and do some work on the doll that has been patiently waiting for summer to come to an end. I started this doll back in June and wasn't sure what she would become. It's such a good feeling to be sewing once again.

WITCH WIP BY BETHANN SCOTT
I managed to sew a pair of black leather lace up boots, a linen chemise and a leather hat. I'm considering a skirt, vest and possible cape in wool.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

THE JOY OF SUMMER

This summer I set my dolls aside to work on my backyard to give me a place that I can enjoy the blooming flowers, the sounds of the birds splashing in the bird bath and the presence of all the little creatures that visit my garden. I cling to the summer months and outdoor living. Now that it's nearing the end of summer I hope to have a few dolls finished by the end of this month. I have Witches to finish, and orders for La Befana.











Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BLACK DOLL COLLECTING NEW AND OLD

I found a site called "Black Doll Collecting" and came across a rather interesting article entitled:
"Mammy Dolls... Offensive or Not?"

It seems this is a controversial subject matter with many differing opinions. I've read her article and the comments that were posted. I hope to hear many thoughts as to how you view these dolls New and Old.

AFRICAN AMERICAN LADY DOLL BENITA BY BETHANN SCOTT

This African American Boy Doll was a Custom Order for a lady who owns the doll above "Benita".
AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE DOLL BY BETHANN SCOTT

 The doll couple below was a CUSTOM order. The dolls are considered to be spirit dolls for their ancestors. The gentleman who placed the order sent me this email: "Thank you for these Dolls that I will cherish my whole life and hopefully pass them down to the next generation".
On Etsy he left me this feedback:  Fast shipping, amazing Dolls, will be passed down in my family. Amazing Dolls, words cant express the beauty.
He proudly posted them on his Facebook page. 

What some will call "Mammy" may not be a mammy doll to others.
ANCESTOR SPIRIT DOLL COUPLE BY BETHANN SCOTT

      THIS DOLL COUPLE WAS A CUSTOM ORDER FOR A LADY
African American Doll Couple by Bethann Scott
  THIS IS THE MALE DOLL THAT WAS PINNED IN A CATEGORY "SLAVE DOLLS" on Pinterest. I was quite shocked to find my handsome male doll in a slave category when I had no intention of him as a slave. I MADE THIS MALE DOLL UPON REQUEST.
AFRICAN AMERICAN BOY DOLL BY BETHANN SCOTT

The beautiful Doll below was made in 2011 and I named her Karah. I did list her on Etsy as "Primitive Folk Art Mammy Doll". As time passed I realized that the word "mammy" was found to be offensive by some. Therefore, I  began  listing the dolls as African American (yet labeling them as mammy for the search engines because many people search for these dolls using that term).
AFRICAN AMERICAN LADY DOLL BY BETHANN SCOTT

This is "Cora Mae" by Frowning Francis. The pattern designer described the doll as "nostalgic folk art doll".
Frowning Francis Pattern Cora Mae

According to Wikipedia the word Nostalgic means: "a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. In common, less clinical usage nostalgia can refer to a general interest in the past, their personalities and events, especially the "good old days" from one's earlier life. Although nostalgia is often triggered by negative feelings, it results in increasing one's mood and heightening positive emotions, which can stem from feelings of warmth or coping resulting from nostalgic reflections.

The doll below was the first doll I made using the "Cora Mae" doll pattern by Frowning Francis.

Because the "mammy" doll is associated with the historical slavery days of America, these dolls are causing some friction in emotions. I would like feedback, positive or negative about the new versions of this doll. Is the doll more acceptable if an African American makes the doll? Is it less acceptable if a Caucasian lady makes the doll? Is the doll below a doll that is acceptable to be made as long as the term "mammy" is not used to describe her? I know this is a sensitive subject, please respond.
African American Doll made by Bethann Scott

YOUR FEEDBACK WHETHER NEGATIVE OR POSITIVE IS WELCOME

Sunday, July 12, 2015

ON SECOND THOUGHT

After much thought, I feel I have made an error in bowing down to current social trends. The trend is for an artist not to make an item that may offend due to historical events that are considered sensitive issues. I will continue to make African American Dolls. The dolls I've made, considered by many to be a mammy style doll, have been enjoyed by those who have purchased them and very well loved.

I've re-read all the wonderful e-mails (feedback) that was sent to me concerning the African American Dolls I've made over the past 7 years. The feedback letters and personal comments brought me great joy.

Though Etsy may ban certain items that have been sold in the past:

I WILL BE MAKING AFRICAN AMERICAN DOLLS IN THE FUTURE WITH GREAT PLEASURE! I HOPE BY THE END OF THE SUMMER TO HAVE SOME MADE! WITH ONE EXCEPTION: THEY WILL BE MADE BASED UPON MY OWN PATTERN IN MY NEW DOLL STYLE AND SOLD HERE ON BLOGGER!

DANIKA AN AFRICAN AMERICAN DOLL
AFRICAN AMERICAN DOLL BY BETHANN SCOTT ©2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This article is for those of you who have purchased  the African American Dolls I've made in the past and are wondering why I no longer make this style of doll. 


Etsy has stated that members come from all walks of life and may hold differing opinions of the legitimate collectibility of certain types of historical items. Etsy doesn't allow new versions of certain items connected to sensitive events of history. Because of this, Etsy does not allow new versions of the following types of items:   Mammy  (This was Etsy terminology. I used the description "African American" in my listings).


If any of my followers have wondered why I removed my African American Doll Page from Blogger is because some of my dolls were being pinned in a category called "Slave Dolls" on Pinterest.  This was shocking to find the African American dolls I made in this type of category. Therefore, I felt it necessary to request Pinterest to remove the pins. Many of the African American Dolls I've made were requested orders.


If I receive a request to make one of these dolls, I will need to sale the doll on blogger instead of Etsy. I plan on making African American Dolls, but as not to offend, the dolls will need to be more modern. Please leave feedback on how you feel and what you think concerning these dolls.

African American Doll by Bethann Scott The Stitch Fiddler


Monday, June 1, 2015

TEXTILE ART DOLL WIP

I'm currently working on a textile Art Doll that will stand about 18" tall. I've sewn her body, arms and legs. Today I started adding color to her face. I'm not sure what she will become. 

TEXTILE ART DOLL WIP BY BETHANN SCOTT ©2015

Friday, May 8, 2015

FAIRY MEETS TRAVELER

The Fairy and The Traveler
Textile Art Dolls by Bethann Scott
I just couldn't resist showing the difference in the size of these two dolls. The Elf/Fairy is 16" seated and the Traveler is 13" standing! Now I'll be making a small fairy doll with wings.


TRAVELER DOLL

The Traveler style doll is now finished. I totally switched directions and changed her costume. For some reason I just wasn't satisfied with the dress. She just didn't appear to be a "Traveler". Instead I gave her a  wool plaid skirt, a cashmere wool sweater, cotton bloomers, cashmere wool socks, leather shoes and a wool scarf. I'm pleased with her look and just wish I could have finished in time for the Challenge.
Folk Art Traveler Doll by Bethann Scott ©2015
Though I didn't make her in time for the challenge, I'm glad to have made a doll that stands 13 inches tall including the wood plaque.
Traveler Art Doll by Bethann Scott ©2015
 For her Journey, I gave her a wool scarf tied and tucked under her chin. She carries a basket and a twig for her staff.
Folk Art Traveler Doll by Bethann Scott ©2015
Traveler Art Doll by Bethann Scott © 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NEW DOLL WIP

Currently I'm working on a doll that was meant to be entered in the "Traveler Challenge" at the Columbus Doll Show Convention for the display at AFICC 2015. Unfortunately, I didn't get the doll finished in time for the Convention. The requirements were for the doll to be 12"-14" tall. The dolls I make are approximately 16"-18" tall. Therefore, I had to scale a doll for required height measurements. This doll stands about 13" including the base. I had her body completed but she needed a costume. As you see she's still a work in progress. 

Cloth Doll WIP by Bethann Scott
 So far I've sewn her a burgundy dress, a wool coat that is fully lined. Her arms are just pinned in place to see how the coat fit. I did about two mock ups prior to sewing this one. Last night I added her trim around the coat and the bottom of her dress.
Cloth Doll WIP by Bethann Scott

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Cloth Doll WIP by Bethann Scott
I have an abundance of trims but I just couldn't find what I was look for in my stash. Then I came across this black boucle wool yarn and crocheted the trim on her dress. I may be adding some beads today. I'm not sure if she will end up a "Traveller" style doll or not.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Basic Crazy Quilt Block

This is my first attempt at making a 8.5 x 11 inch Basic Crazy Quilt Block. The purpose was for beginners to learn to piece a basic block together and add stitching along the seams using templates. I enjoyed the class that was given by Kathy Shawkl. Her instructions were easy to follow for beginners. I learned many new stitches and basic embroidery methods that I hope to incorporate into my doll's costuming. Below is a few photos to show you what I did in her class.




Periodically the Basic Crazy Quilt Class is offered by Kathy Shawkl (free of charge).
She has a lovely blog "Shawkl Designs" if you would like to visit http://www.shawkl.com/


Sunday, April 5, 2015

HAPPY EASTER

WISHING ALL MY BLOG FRIENDS A HAPPY EASTER DAY

Saturday, March 28, 2015

MY FIRST BASIC CRAZY QUILT BLOCK

The class was instructed to use neutral or pastel cotton fabrics. I found it difficult to sew these neutral fabrics together, but I must remember the purpose for this class is to learn seam template design on a basic block.

 My basic block framed with my first stitches. It's plane Jane for now and I hope it gets better along the way.

I pulled out my stash of beads, thread and pendants and purchased a few more for this class.




This is my first attempt at embroidery and I finally got over the fear of making a "French Knot".
A big "Thank-You" to Mary Ann for posting Kathy Shaw's Basic Quilting Course on her blog "My Tate Gallery" (http://mytategallery.blogspot.com/). Mary Ann is always so good at keeping her readers/blog friends informed of new courses and classes. She has a lovely blog.

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