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So, I was asked to create a quilter art doll by someone whose church group wanted to give it to one of their members as a gift. And this is what I came up with! I’m pretty happy with how she turned out!
I started with the chair. LOL It is about 6 inches high. Then I took two long pieces of wire and twisted them, and then formed them together to create the “skeleton”. I then used polymer clay to make some “bones”, leaving certain joints uncovered, so she could be posable later! Adding the bones also made it a little heavier, so she’d sit solidly in her rocking chair. After this basic beginning, I added more clay to make her head, arms, legs, and shoes. Sorry I didn’t get pictures of that process. My bad.
After all that, I created a “skin” out of cloth and stuffed it with batting. I had to stitch up all the arms, legs, and neck AFTER it was on her, or I wouldn’t have been able to get it on her at all. Boy was THAT fun. LOL
Here she is, all stuffed, and ready for clothes! I’m sorry, but I forgot to get pictures of that process too. This was my first time dressing a doll with actual cloth, so it was a bit of a hair pulling experience. 😉 You can’t really see it in the photo, but she is holding a “needle” in her fingers! She is quilting, after all!
I just had to share this moment with you! I am trying to stitch up the neck of her dress, and my eyes are not cooperating. So, I had to use my big magnifier thingy! I REALLY need new glasses. LOL She’s also received her wig, which I made of wool roving.
The next thing I had to do was make her quilt. Let me just say… I’m not a quilter. I’m barely a sewer. But shall we say it turned out “rustic”? 😉
And here she is! Granny Quilter is finished! I decided to do a simple face on her. I think it leant a peaceful aura to her, overall. What do you think? I hope she is happy in her new home!