|free "Mermaiden" pattern from STC Craft, out of the book Wee Wonderfuls|
I love sewing for the patience it requires. I need the practice. I can't text or really even watch TV when I'm sewing. I can't wipe down the kitchen countertops or fold laundry or reply to emails. This eight-inch doll took a lot of patience. She is called a Mermaiden, but don't tell Tessa that she's really sort of a Mer-biotch. What I thought would be a simple, easy project ended up taking four hours. I love the way she turned out though, and she gave me a lot of time to think and to sit still. She's made out of fabric scraps, including the sleeves of that beloved tye-dye tee shirt I blogged about a few posts back.
I started thinking about making a doll for Tess when I saw the Sweater Dude in this month's ReadyMade. He's too cute, right?
|Sweater Dude by www.etsy.com/shop/biggirlart|
And then I found this blog called The Constant Gatherer, which featured Australian artist Jenni Harley. She handmakes these sweet cloth dolls and pillows from beautiful fabrics.
|Made By Jenni rag doll|
|Made By Jenni doll cushion|
|Made By Jenni's daughter Ruby with a Jenni Doll|
|Ruby's pretty bedroom!|