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Doll Completed from Doll Class

rodezzy | Posted in Photo Gallery on

I just finished my doll that I went to class for with one of my Quilt Guild Members.  This doll will be in the 2010 Needles & Threads Quilt Show along with the other dolls made in the class.

Rodezzy, Fiber Artist


  1. joyfulneedles | | #1

     My you have been busy.  The doll is lovely.  I love the bands on the neck and wrists.  What are  the body and hands made of.  I haven't made a doll in years and never made one that looked like an art piece.  I was more in the cloth dolls for children.  But i did take a class with elleanor piece bailey about 29 tears  ago,.  She is a great teacher and encouraged the women to get good equipment, take care of themselves, and her great hint of setting up sewing in the family room with the family even if they were doing different activities.  She said, "Men never have to have a good reason to buy a new boat or a new set of golf clubs.  Women should not have to have an excuse to replace grandma's sewing machine.   Thanks for reminding me of that great lady.


    1. rodezzy | | #6

      The face and hands I don't know because I got it from the teacher, I don't like it though, I tried to use those two piece doll eyes you snap on and it tore thru the fabric.  I had to hot clue a sequin over the tear and then hot glue on a bead the the eyes.  The doll is a stump doll that the has a wooden base and a wooden dowel up the middle to the neck.  The fabric is 100% cotton fabric in african prints.  The arm and hand is in the shape of an African stylized garment sleeve.  Made all in one piece and sewn on thru the body at the top of arm with a 5 inch doll needle.

      Oh, and the outer draped fabric is embellished organiza I believe.  I found several pieces of this in different colors two years ago in a remnant bin at Hobby Lobby and thought this would be pretty on her.  And the rings on her neck and wrists are key chains bought at Hancock fabrics.  he he

      I bought Elleanor's 2-disk DVD on doll making a couple months ago.  She's funny and intertaining.  The DVD was not very technical for doll making, but insightful.

      Edited 10/22/2009 9:14 am ET by rodezzy

      Edited 10/22/2009 9:16 am ET by rodezzy

      Edited 10/22/2009 9:18 am ET by rodezzy

      1. joyfulneedles | | #13

        It is amazing that making dolls and quilts sometimes is the collection of years.  I'll try to get a picture of the doll I made in class.  The body is it's second body because the one I made in class did not match up with the head.  So I went home, made another doll and switched heads.  I am glad to know she has a doll=making video.  I first read articles by eleanor piece bailey in the magazine The Cloth Doll.  It is no longer in print but occasionally can be found in stores with used merchandise.  I found many to add to my collection.  Thanks for sharing how you made your beautiful doll.

        1. rodezzy | | #14

          You're welcomed.  Send a pic of your doll.  And there is a magazine called Soft Dolls & Animals that I buy at JoAnn Fabrics.  It's bi-monthly.  I love it.

  2. Gloriasews | | #2

    Ooooo - very sophisticated!  Love the outfit, too.  Great job, Rodezzy!


    1. rodezzy | | #7

      Thank you Gloria.  How are you doing?  Getting ready for the Holidays? 

      1. Gloriasews | | #16

        I'm doing OK, Rodezzy.  Thanks for asking. 

        Yes, I've started on some Christmas projects, but I have to finish a birthday project (cushion covers) by the end of the week, so I'm keeping busy.


  3. sewluving | | #3

    She is too cute.  Is that like a little kimono she is wearing?

    Heather in Calgary

    1. rodezzy | | #8

      Thanks I'm glad you like it, no, not a kimono. 

      The arm and hand is made in one piece representing a stylized African garment, i.e. long flowing sleeved garment. 

  4. regatta | | #4

    You inspire me.  

    Last school holidays my granddaughter and I (she instructed and I produced) an Edward Cullen doll.  Now I am inspired to make - his girlfriend? and I might just keep going.

    Do you ever sleep?


    1. rodezzy | | #5

      Yes, I sleep.  I'm going to goggle Edward Cullen to see those dolls.  Thanks.

    2. rodezzy | | #9

      I goggled the Edward Cullen doll.  It's a plastic doll from a movie?  Did you order the face and make the body and clothes? 

      1. regatta | | #15

        No nothing as fancy as that.

         I only copied a very easy (nearly stick type) doll from an Elinor Peace Bailey book.  Unfortunately drew on a face before sewing it up.  Made some black pants and a blue t-shirt.    The face drawing came out sort of sulky but a bit  too big.  The hair - the piece de resistance - was a heap of turkey stitches cut into a hairstyle. 

        9 year old granddaughter was impressed and that was all that mattered.

        I didn't know Edward Cullen from a rag doll anyway.  Had to look him up on the net to see what he looked like.   Might do a more "proper type person" for the girlfriend when she comes over in the Christmas holidays.


        Edited 10/24/2009 5:16 am ET by regatta

  5. Katina | | #10

    She's lovely! Serene. You have so much fun making these lovely dolls, and it shows.


    1. rodezzy | | #11

      Thanks Katina....I do love the dolls too. 

      I'll be back to knitting right after Halloween.  Did you see my Halloween costume on here?  Check it out.  I love dress up, since I was a kid...oooops  I'm really still a kid.  ha ha ha

      1. Katina | | #12

        It's good to keep the childhood wonder!


  6. yarnbazaar | | #17

    nice Doll

    What a busy time you spent working on this doll. But i guess its worth all the hours spent.

    Turned out really nice looking. 

    I love how it turned out.

    Happy knitting.

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