Friday, March 4, 2011

My first entry

This blogging thing is as new to me as creating a doll. However, I feel that as I make progress in creating, my blogging skills will improve also.  I work on my dolls sporatically when I get an idea for a design or to try a new technique. Sometimes I wake up from sleep with an idea on how to finish something I was stuck on  or just to make more progress on a project.

 Other times I spend time searching the many doll sites online for inspiration or perusing the pictures in my small but growing collection of cloth doll books. When I got the idea to try making cloth dolls, I had no idea of what I was getting myself into. Or how many people are already well into their creative journey.

I have picked up many great pointers from books by Culea, Horrox and Slater. The pictures in these books are fantastic and I could spend hours just looking through them. I actually already have. More intriguing is what each author had to say about their creations and how they seem to just take a life of their own.

I could be modest and say that I don't think I will ever make a doll as life like or as intriquing as these artist. However, I think with time I will be able to come close. Most likely a lot of time but I am sure I will have fun trying. In one of my books I read to just start creating with what ever supplies I had on hand.

So far I have a few projects going all in different stages. One nearing completion. I should be able to gage my progress through each doll I complete. Right now I am doing faces. I am practicing needle sculpting and felting. I need a lot of practice with both but find felting easier and quicker to produce results.

I plan on my dolls being a total mixed bag of techniques.  One thing I am sure of is that no doll will be alike. Above is a picture of three of my projects. I'm sure they will look completely different after I work on them some more.  I have another totally sewn cloth doll not pictured here. That one is going to take more skill then I have right now to complete.  Later I will list some of the doll sites I frequent here.