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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Painting the Roses Red

Last fall my friend Janet and I were talking about what kind of things I would make for the shop this year. Suzette Rugolo has been coming out with doll patterns every couple of months or so since last year, in the ever popular theme of Alice in Wonderland.  I’ve been collecting the patterns as they come out so I suggested I make the series for the shop.

We agreed that would be so much fun, so this is the start. Suzette hasn’t come out with the Card Soldiers yet, and not sure what else she is going to do, but I have this design by Christine Shively and thought this would be a fun place to start.

These are adorable and tiny little guys, only measuring about 9” tall. As always I’ve put my own touches into the finished product. I contacted Christine to see if they are wired to stand, but she said no, they are either a wall doll or leaning against something, but she said go for it. These will be hanging on the wall or leaning, but for sure am not going to wire these little bodies.

I’ve made two changes. As you’ve read before I don’t like mitten hands or chubby hands, they drive me crazy. I feel like I can turn tiny fingers well now after all this time, so I redrew the hands and made them individual fingers. I know, I know…are you crazy, they are so tiny. But I did it, 40 little fingers stitched, turned and stuffed with not one blow out and stitched with cotton fabric that has no give... YES!!!

I’m making 4 of these little guys, each a little different fabrication and I drew out the other three card symbols as the pattern just had one, that would be the heart. This is where I’m at for now, and in a couple of days or so, I’ll have them all done.

A happy moment came a couple of weeks ago, I have a new camera and now my pictures should be much better. My other little digital has given me a few years and probably thousands of pictures and owes me nothing, but it came time for a change as I could see the quality of the images was fading and I was spending more and more time editing to make them somewhat acceptable…Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and part with old friends, so to speak.

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3 comments:

  1. Ramona can't wait to see these little guys take shape

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  2. Wow Romona, all those little teeny tiny fingers, I am so impressed!! Can't wait to see these guys and their other friends in the Alice In Wonderland theme come alive!

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  3. I can not believe all those tiny fingers. You are amazing!. I have become good at tiny fingers, but never would I do what you have so skilfully have done. Love your work and so wish I was close enough to visit the shop you send your wonderful creations too. I saw the new "Alice" patterns and saving my $$.
    Of course, your ideas always go the extra mile. Hugs and never give up your joy in creating!

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