Saturday, May 26, 2007

One Pissed-Off Ballerina Doll

Definitely *not* destined for the Bolshoi...
She's mad as hell, and she's NOT going to dance for you. EVER.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Charlie's Doll

This is what emerged from yesterday's sewing box. The whimsical part of me struggled to be free and didn't quite make it but sure put up a fight. Now, back to sober and serious!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


True relpers are the ones who begin a project and find their brains flooded with ideas for more, More, MORE!

"Nice sweater I'm knitting. What if I shortened the sleeve a bit, added some cables down the front, and did it in...."

"Interesting skirt she's wearing. I bet I could make on in blue with kick pleats in the back and..."

"Look at all these bits of leftover cotton. It would be neat to use them for..."

We twitch and whimper and itch to get through one project just so we can launch ourselves into the next, and the next, and the next, all conceived while doing the first.

To whit: I made this doll for the granddaughter. Today I embark on one for the toddler grandson - after which I've asked friends to waylay me should I begin another. Back to the UNFINISHED shirt. No more detours! Heh.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Fiber Art In Extremius

You simply MUST check out this site - I feel like such an underachiever in the "make it out of fiber" category!

Wall o' Ribbon

Wall o' Ribbon
Originally uploaded by pangolina.
Last weekend I finally got the chance to go to Mindy's, the needlework store over at the 5th Street Market. It really is a treasure of a store, not just because she has *every* kind of embroidery floss you could ever dream of, but also because of this Wall of Ribbon. Unfortunately, I only had my phone camera with me at the time, so I couldn't really do it justice.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


For a niece's birthday present.

The m**m*** d** proceeds apace. Got the tail almost done. Will be pictures soonish.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Whose idea was this, anyway?

I cannot comprehend why anyone in their right mind would sew doll clothes, especially for the 12" fashion dolls. Except perhaps for an indulgent (and stubborn) grandmother. Come to think about it she does not qualify for "in their right mind", does she? Teeny, tiny seams. Itsy-bitsy facings, and snaps and buttons. Miniature pieces of fabric that resist machine stitching.

I've seen some wonderful and intricate outfits for these dolls and that is certainly NOT what I'm achieving! Clothed is the desired end result upon which I shall throw up my hands and make a dignified retreat. Knowing the kids, clothed is not what the doll family will remain for long anyway. Granddaughter will remove the clothes whereupon Grandson #2 will lose them. Then Grandson #1 will make hysterical 11 year old jokes about bare butts and proceed to use the dolls as naked super-heroes complete with loud explosions and doll bodies flying through the air.

So why am I making clothes anyway? Because recycling the old dolls seemed the politically correct grandmotherly gift giving thing to do. And it was on my project list. And though donating them to the local Goodwill would have gotten me off the hook AND delighted my daughter (No. More. Toys!), see "stubborn" and "indulgent" and "right mind" (out of) in paragraph one.

By the way - there will be no pictures of the results.