Saturday, June 20, 2015

Rag Dolls - Izzy

How nice of you to stop by!

Further to my introduction to rag dolls and recent update here are a few more pictures of my progress.   I am thinking of these dolls more as handbag decorations, key-fobs, or maybe "art-dolls", rather than dolls for little hands to play with.

Picture of Bella, when I was deciding how to dress her:

Izzy, dressing up.


The doll I am working on here started out as a mere tester for the stitches for Bella's hair, although I don't normally test out my stitching on a sampler of any sort, and now I have decided this will become a second doll.

Drizzle stitch fringe
The fringe is Drizzle stitch in DMC Cotton Perlè.

Making the base cap:

Base Cap

  • I estimated the size of the base cap, and crocheted a circle in single crochet, using Anchor tapestry wool, finishing when it seemed a suitable size to cover the back of her head.  
  • The cap was then pinned to the "pincushion", top and bottom, making sure it fitted. 

Latching the hair strands into the cap:

Latching the strands into the base caps.

I am using the method from Pickled Okra by Charlie and have attached 10" strands of DMC Perlè as follows:
  • Using a crochet hook, I pulled each strand through the gaps in the edge of the cap until a loop was formed, then pulling the ends through the loop formed 2 strands. If you enlarge this picture you will be able to see the loop to which I am referring. 
  • I then added a second round of strands of Anchor wool, the same measurement, inside the first round to give it volume when it is arranged into some sort of hairstyle. (Sorry, no picture of this!)

    Hair strands attached

Bella is only 6" tall so, although I am following Charlie's ideas, I haven't used Charlie's measurements.

I trust this all makes sense!

If you've made it to the end of this post, thank you for persevering, it's nice to have your company.

And here is something from the garden to finish on! Self-seeded wild orchids.

Wild orchids

I hope you are keeping well and having a super weekend!

Barbara xx


Annet said...

This is such an easy way to make her hair, thanks for sharing. I enjoy watching your progress.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I've never seen this method of making hair - I love the crocheted skull cap idea. I've never been happy with the hair methods that end up leaving open spaces and look like the poor doll is going bald.

deanna7trees said...

great job on the hair. love seeing your technique and always love seeing dolls.have a great week.

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you Annet, it's nice to know!

FlashinScissors said...

Thank you Mary Anne, Yes, I am pleased with the result and have enjoyed the learning process - still more work to be done! Barbara xx

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Deanna, Thank you for your comment. I have just visited your blog and commented on your lovely bag, I trust you have received it! Barbara xx