Monthly Archives: March 2020

Lottie’s Sidekick

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Thank you everyone for your kind comments after last week’s post! Yes, I’m still sick but getting better. 🙂

This week’s bunny doll project poses with an activity that’s keeping me calm and happy… (Spindle by Tracy Eichheim – his spindles are among my favorites. They have excellent craftsmanship and spin an AMAZINGLY long time. I’ve gotten them in person at wool markets but he has a website here: http://www.woollydesigns.com/spindles/)

So, we had planned to go to Japan last summer, but had to delay it for family reasons.  Then we were absolutely positively going to go this summer…or now probably not… ☹

You might remember a few years ago when I took Lottie to Korea: (sorry, wordpress won’t post the link, but if you search “Lottie Korea” in the search box at right you’ll find it. This year I had been planning to take either her or Jossie/Usaggie (below) to Japan, and was planning the summer sew-along to be a wardrobe for for them for the trip, but instead of getting new clothes, they are stuck in the craft room making socks for me on the knitting machine instead:

If you are an aficionado of Japanese doll magazines, you are aware of the existence of Petworks Odeco and Nikki, and a few minutes on Instagram or your favorite picture hosting site will give you even more Odeco/Nikki pix that people have taken of them in various locations in all kinds of cute outfits.  My favorite is the artwork here: http://p.booklog.jp/users/petworksdoll?p=3 Although I do have a Nikki, I find Usaggie easier to pose due to her head being more in-proportion with her body. 

Even if the Petworks dolls are new to you, readers of this blog are certainly aware of Lottie, who’s about the same size!  If your vacation plans have also been postponed, there’s a FABULOUS new series coming for you!  Best of all, it uses a tiny doll that you can sew/craft for with tiny scraps of things from your stash so you don’t even need to leave the house. It’s Lottie’s (virtual) Spring Break in Japan!  🥳 And to kick it off, we’re going to make her a sidekick (or you might need to just make the bunny if you don’t have a Lottie and Amazon’s estimated delivery date for the one you ordered last week is April 30th) Best of all, being an animal doll, it can be an anthropomorphic girl or boy or just a bunny.

Get the pattern here

And in other doll news…

Last year, Ruby Red Galleria came out with a new, larger bodied doll than their normal small sizes.  The series was called “Girls of the Orient” and they were named and costumed along a theme.  I was SO excited because of the great poseability that Ten Ping and the 12” Girls in Motion have, and also the lovely face.  The face mold fits in well with the Ten Ping family as well as the 12″ YuMa.  Unlike the smaller dolls, however, who have hard plastic bodies and sophisticated joints, this body seems to be all the same type of hard vinyl, with simple stringing and articulation at the elbows and knees, much like the Girl for all Time dolls.  It’s possible mine is defective or maybe they did something special for their promo pix (below), but mine does not pose her arms in quite the same way. 

Image from: http://rubyredgalleria.com/

[BTW, my Kadinana’s original, unworn costume and shoes pictured above are for sale for $60 plus actual shipping – contact me if you’re interested]. The same body was used again for a brand-new line with a face sculpt by Dianna Effner in (I think) late fall of last year.  These new ones are called Fashion Friends and at $129 have a somewhat friendlier price point than the $179 MSRP of the GotO.

I’ve gotten a few requests/questions about the FF dolls, and they are VERY difficult to get ahold of right now, so here is a comparison of my Kadinana to other dolls of similar sizes you might be more familiar with.

In case you’re wondering…yes, there are patterns in the works eventually.  I actually started sewing for Kadinana in October when I got her, but none of her lovely creations have made it to the blog yet.  🙂 She’s pretty much the same size as the MIM and Kish Chrysalis dolls and I was able to use the patterns from the infinity dress collection here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/235471701/infinity-dress-pattern-for-dolls-from-10

Speaking of 14” dolls…if you’re looking to use your sewing skills to contribute to a worthy cause, check out Stitchin’ for Kids.  They create wardrobes for 14” Hearts for Hearts dolls to give to children experiencing long hospital stays.  More info here: https://www.stitchinforkids.org/

Sew your bunny or find your Lottie, her “vacation” posts start next week!

Stay home and healthy! ❤

Hand embroidery as stress relief

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I find the dentist stressful under the best of situations, and recently had a more-stressful-than-normal visit.  I tried to help my mind go to a “happy place,” like a favorite hiking spot, but strangely enough, where it went was…lazy daisy stitches.  Yep, that’s a weird, random thing, especially for someone that doesn’t do a whole lot of hand embroidery, but as strange as it was, seeing the needle pulling thread through the fabric and forming each little flower petal in my mind was completely absorbing and I could ignore everything else. 

I came home and started a project, based on a 1930s Patsy dress, and this morning, when our school district announced a two-week closure, I sat down and focused on nothing but lazy daisies and French knots and finished it.

If you are stressed right now, maybe this will help you too. 

Go find a scrap of white/solid-color fabric in your stash and a few yards of embroidery floss and get started embroidering this collar.  Make sure to leave enough extra fabric around the design to cut out the collar later – maybe about 4″ all around measuring from the center of the biggest flower. We’ll make the rest of the dress (to fit 18” dolls) and there will be a more complete post next week!

If you need a refresher on how to do these stitches here are some links:

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/how-to-make-a-french-knot-1177545

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/working-stem-or-outline-stitch-4125848

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/work-the-detached-single-chain-stitch-1177573