Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Doll two is emerging

Different color fabric, another sock but duskier color



Much smaller, a circle rather than the whole toe. Surprisingly different feeling from this one.



I gathered up the circle with running stitches, then ran another thread through the gathers. Just so it doesn't burst open at some critical point.

Drew in the features, with the gathers at the back of the head where the hair will cover them. The pen ink is the kind which vanishes on handling or the application of heat. 




And started to sculpt. I tried some new thoughts here, more complicated than the relatively simple shaping of the first doll.

She has a better profile, more defined mouth, generally different expression.

So there we are for today, for now anyway. I'm liking the shaping process and will get better as I go.


I already have a dress fabric picked out for her. It's a piece of polyester I dyed and embroidered and exhibited years ago as a stretched piece in a solo show. It's ready for a new life.

Aren't we all!

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    1. I think my art doll phase is helping me step away from the gallery wall type of textile art. So it's happening.

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  2. She is beautiful, I can't wait to see her finished.

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    1. Me neither. There's a lot of learning between here and there.

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  3. Oh, yes! Her face is already more full of expression. You are learning as you go even though you already know so much about what you're doing here with technique. You are refining, defining, mining your imagination for inspiration.

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    1. Thank you! This is what happens when I depart from other people's instructions. I think I did everything differently on this one! It felt much better. So I'm hopeful.

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  4. She has a lovely expression, already much personality. I appreciate your showing more of the details of these first steps.

    Yes, you're softly sculpting that new life in the direction your art is taking you. That's also fascinating to watch.

    Chris from Boise

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    1. I'm glad you're enjoying the journey. I'm learning such a lot and it's good to have company.

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  5. What a sweet profile this new doll has. I love the close-ups. You are very talented, Liz.

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  6. I love the sculpting you're doing. It looks like she could have dimples. I can't wait to see more!

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    1. Me neither. We'll see how she develops. It's fun to watch.

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  7. she's kind of looking like a baby right now.

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  8. She has such a perky little nose - well done! As for stitching the gathers, have you tried using dental floss?

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    1. I was using a slick thread because it's very easy to snag this finely knitted fabric.

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