Saturday, March 28, 2009

Playing With Dolls

I have been having so much fun making dolls lately. As I was finishing an Elf Boy for Griffin after the felting workshop I went to last month, I realized that I had sewn, crocheted and felted dolls, just in the past month! First I helped my friend Bambi throw a Yo Gabba Gabba birthday party for her two year old. Along with Carissa, we had a "sweatshop" going in my craftroom that week, preparing kits for each kid to build their own Monster Dolls inspired by the birthday boy's favorite show. The kids stuffed their monsters and stuck on eyes and mouths cut from sticky felt. Then the moms sewed up the side seam and they were done.
Then I whipped up a couple of crocheted "Bella & Edward" dolls for Bambi's birthday. Inspired by a book called Creepy Cute Crochet, I made them my own by adding a tailcoat (proper for a turn of the century vampire), as well as Bella's dress, braided hair and saphire & silver hair combs, as described in the Twilight book series. My 3 1/2 year old insisted the vampire needed a little blood by his mouth. (Is it wrong that he can tell you what vampires and zombies eat?). And finally, my needle felted Elf Boy. This was the second workshop I have gone to with haddy2dogs, and my first time trying needle felting over a wire frame, so his arms and legs can bend. As soon as he was finished Griffin took his Elf Boy to play with, so I was only recently able to get photos of him. I now have materials to make 2 completely different types of dolls which I hope to make in the next month... so stay tuned for more...

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