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Turning whimsy into reality, one doll at a time

If you are familiar with making cloth dolls, you probably know that you can use a felting needle to root natural wool into a doll's head.
This makes the hair look like it's growing out of the scalp.  Working with a clay doll is different because the hair has to be glued onto the head, or the doll needs to wear a wig.  Here's a technique that allows you to root hair, even if the doll is "hard-headed."

The doorbell rang just before 2:00 this afternoon, and what do you know- Cowboy Slim did mosey on in! Cowboy Slim is my entry for Li Hertzi's new and fabulous book, Art Doll Adventures. He's such a character! I forgot to photograph him before I sent him into the wild blue yonder, and now that he's back- well I'mma round up dem photos!First off, lookit this silly hat. Not your typical cowpoke hat. I was inspired by an old kids book called Go

I've been working on a baby doll pattern and class for several months, and today I finally finished it. I can hardly believe it! This was a huge amount of work and I'm so glad it's done. I really love the pattern and doll. She is so sweet. I have never really made baby dolls before I started drafting and tweaking this pattern. I feel kind of like I did when I made my first pair of faerie

I'm making a baby.I'm making soft doll parts that mimic hard ones (like porcelain dolls or old fashioned play dolls. I want the arms and legs to swing, and I want them to keep their shape. This is my design so far. I put round pieces of wood in the very ends and made a gathering stitch to close them up. In this picture, you can sort of see where this is going. You are looking at an inside-out body pattern, and I'm