Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Creativity - I wantz it back
I made these dolls between 8 and 12 years ago, when I was thinking of opening a craft shop. I sold some of the dolls I made to people I worked with, and at a couple of craft shows, but I couldn't make any money at it (there's a lot of hand sewing in them, which takes time). I have several more that are really elaborate, soft-sculptured and anatomically correct. I have one that isn't finished yet, it's a Pan (human torso, goat back legs) that I created the bottom half of the pattern myself (I still need to carve the hooves, and give him his hair and beard). I still have all of my supplies to make dolls, but my creativity and "mood to sew" seem to have flown the coop. So, do y'all think there is a market on the internet for these? Maybe if I could sell them, that would bring back my enthusiasm and spark that sewing mood again.
Rastaman (the dark doll in the red outfit) was one of my first attempts, and his "dreadlocks" are a simple crochet chain stitch cut to length and knotted, then hand-sewn to his head (his moustache is made the same way). I also made his clothing.
The doll with the long light auburn hair is wearing jeans and a t-shirt that I made, with a picture I transferred onto it.
The little doll in the blue and white outfit was made before Rastaman, and her outfit is made from recycled kitchen curtains (my own design). I also made the little hair ornament at the back of her hairdo.
The doll in the pink/white pajamas (I made those too) was made mostly as an experiment, trying for a different hairstyle.
I have other pictures of dolls I've made, but they aren't on my computer. I'm going to have to see if I can find them and scan them. I'll post them as soon as I do, one of them is of an anatomically correct toddler that stands about 20" tall (about 80 hours of work went into that one).
I have an idea for a mermaid, a pattern for a frog, and one for a stuffed rocking horse (I made a couple of those, will have to take a picture of the one I still have). Hmmm, looks like writing about them is bringing back the ideas and the enthusiasm. I'm going to have to go upstairs and start organizing my sewing room and finding all my supplies and patterns.
I have to thank Mickie at fatgrrl for the inspiration, her crocheted animals got me thinking. So, Mickie, here's to creativity :)