This doll had a crazy start. My great niece liked to play with old Barbies from the time she was a baby and she loved the Little Mermaid so I made a tail that would fit over the Barbie Legs. I came across this tail the other day and needing a refresher course in doll making, I thought I will start with this. You see my great niece is 7 now and she wants to make a Mermaid Doll. I made a pattern for the upper body and the arms, assembled and stuffed, embellished and used embroidery to make the face. I will make the hair next. Orange it will be.
Detail with Hair
view from behind
Close up of embroidery on the face
Older Mermaid Dolls These Dolls are made like Raggedy Ann Dolls These two are the first I made.
Cotton Rag Dolls
I had an idea for some serpentine arms after this.
Here is a pattern for the Sepentine style arms
3 Part Paper Pattern
A work in progress. The 3 separate parts were machine sewn to make the forms and then stuffed with the fiber fill Assembled by hand sewing
I have taken a break from this piece over the summer. I am designing as I go.
Today I went back to it and have started cutting some new 2 inch squares from my scraps.
I am committed to creating scrappy quilts and I like to get as
many different patterns of fabric as I can which makes for very fussy cutting.
Seems that I am working with the interplay of dark and light and a 9 patch cross unit. I can not plan ahead not in my DNA.
Here is the new square I made yesterday
2 inch squares
Nine Patch fragment
I have connected it to this square with these two blue 9 patch squares
I have two other squares that are different from these now how to use them.