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Witchy Woman Almost Done

rodezzy | Posted in Photo Gallery on

Just couldn’t wait to finish everything before I sent you guys a picture of latest doll.  I’m so excited about how she turned out.  I know I didn’t dress her like the cover of the magazine.  But she didn’t like that outfit.  I used their top pattern, but I did my own skirt.  She needs a cap, waist frills, her spell book, a finger ring and broom.  I brought her along today to go shopping with me for her lace stockings.  Yes, she wants lace stockings to bring out her outfit.  I’m not sure how I’ll do it.  I painted on her boots.  I need to do her eyebrows.  So, her skirt and is a gold fabric I found in my stash.  It’s the last of it.  I need some gold or deep purple trim.  I’ll see what looks good.  May not get it today, but will definitely decide on the lace for her legs.

Rodezzy, Fiber Artist


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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    Dahlin' methinks your talent for dollmaking is growing by huge leaps and bounds. Seriously, she is beautiful. The halloween fancy fishnet and spooky stockings are coming out in the stores right now, and are not too expensive, you should be able to make a couple of pairs of doll stockings(or leggings) from a pair of those. I saw some neat ones in our grocery store yesterday with the halloween stuff, but they go in a hurry. Cathy

    Edited 9/25/2008 10:18 am ET by ThreadKoe

    1. rodezzy | | #3

      Ooooooo that sounds great.  Also, we have beauty supply stores here that sell seasonal accessories too.  I forgot about them.  Thanks.

      Oh, and thanks for your words of appreciation.  I'm having so much fun with these dolls, and I'm trying new processes with everyone.  Did I tell you that one of my craft group members ordered two dolls from me.  One big one like Miss Monique and a small one the size of witchy woman for her desk at work.  I feel so proud that she wants to display one my creations on her desk at work.  And she works in a downtown office.  So exciting.  Also a director that was here doing union negotiations wants two for her nieces.  Wow.  I'm thrilled!

  2. KharminJ | | #2

    Oh Yeah! - I love her hat, too!

    Has she told you her name yet?

    Perhaps a pair of darkish tights, under the lacy stockings -


    1. rodezzy | | #4

      No, nothing has come to me yet, but maybe it's "Witchy Woman".  It's catchy and cute.  What you think.

      She wants her skin show thru the stockings.  Sexy lady!

  3. Gloriasews | | #5

    Wow, Rodezzy, you are one talented woman!  Witchy Woman looks so professional!  I love her hat - did you make it, too?  You're on a roll, now!


    1. rodezzy | | #6

      I made every single thing on her except the fabric.  I cut out the body pattern and sewed and stuffed it.  I painted on the face and boots.  Cut and shaped her false fingernails.  I used their hat and top pattern for those items and created my own skirt because I didn't like the one they used.  I beaded the hat.  Last night I put trim on her hat and skirt, cut out the cape pattern, trimmed it and put it on her.  Now I have to make her spell book, ring and broom.  I also need to decide how to finish her legs and shoe embellishments.  I tried to stop and go to bed early, but I had to get up again for something else concerning the newsletter I write for the guild and ended up making another quick little doll.  I have only to sew on her head.  She wasn't as involved.  giggle. 

      1. MaryinColorado | | #8

        My grand daughter likes those stick on nail accents, some witchy ones might be cute on her fingernails?  Does she have a pet spider?  (Maybe sitting on her "Book of Shadows" ?)  My imagination runs wild when it comes to dolls.   I can see that your always abundunt imagination and Muse are expanding even more.  You are quite famous here and probably will be throughout Chicago's fiberart community.  Or should I say "evermore" like the Raven?  Does Witchy Woman have a "familiar"? 

        Accessorize and embellish could be your middle name!

        I like her name....like the Eagles' song...."She held me spellbound through the night, dancing shadows/firelight"!  Remember that great movie "Bell, Book, and Candle"?  I love those old movies too.

        1. rodezzy | | #10

          Oh yes, I loved that movie.  Another one of the great "old" movies.  Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak.  (I had to look it up on the "net" to remember their names...giggle.)  But I remembered it and you are going to make me start looking for those old movies to buy them.  I'll have a yearning to watch it tonight.  giggle.  But I can't do that, no money....boo hooo.  Oh well, I have four dolls to make for sale. 

          Yes, a spider would be great, thanks.  I'll add that.  Her cape has a golden spider web design.  A spider is just what the warlock ordered.  giggle.


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            ThreadKoe | | #11

            You need to look up Christmas Spider under beading for your doll. It would be a nice touch. Not a creepy spider at all. Cathy

          2. rodezzy | | #12

            O.K. I will.  Sounds beautiful.  I have lots of beads.  Lord knows I do.  giggle. 

            Oh, dear lady, I went out on the "net" and found the Christmas Spiders and the story.  I had never heard of it before.  What a sweet story.  I'll see if I can make one from the pictures.  I have the beads and wire.  Great. 

            I love this Gathering Site.  I learn so much.  I'm so inhanced in my crafts and sewing because of this site.  Thanks.

            Edited 9/26/2008 1:03 pm ET by rodezzy

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            ThreadKoe | | #13

            Isn't it the cutest thing? I think I have made and given a couple hundred by now. I like them for Halloween too, they are so pretty. They are really easy too. Thought you might like them. I will look up my instructions, do you want them? CathyI cannot find my instructions or the beads they are with quickly, but here are the simplest instructions I could find in a snap. http://www.ehow.com/how_2106757_make-christmas-spider-ornament.html

            Edited 9/26/2008 1:32 pm ET by ThreadKoe

          4. rodezzy | | #14

            They are adorable, you know there was a spider in my car this morning.  One of those jumping ones.  Didn't like him though.  Don't like real spiders, but these are cute. 

            I would love to have the instructions.  You are so giving, thanks.

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            ThreadKoe | | #15

            OOPs, just posted a site to the last post. When I find mine, will email them to you. These are just as good, just no pics. Cathy

          6. rodezzy | | #16


          7. rodezzy | | #17

            Found a YouTube video making the beaded spiders.  Very interesting.  I can see exactly how to work it.  giggle.  This is wonderful, you are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          8. MaryinColorado | | #19

            Oh yes!  I sent my mother a beautiful beaded spider in a fine silvery web with a poem on Christmas.  Their are several renditions of the vey touching story behind it.  Probably from different cultures like so many Christmas lore.  She kept it in her kitchen window till she moved.  (It surely was never lonely, as she is a prolific cook/baker/kitchen person!) 

          9. MaryinColorado | | #18

            I cannot wait to see that cape!  I'm sure she appreciates all the extra attention and love you are putting into her ensemble.  he he  he

      2. Gloriasews | | #20

        So, after ALL that, what time did you finally go to bed???  You're absolutely driven!  Especially to get out of bed to finish writing, then to go ahead & make yet another doll!  Wow!  You got a lot done last night!

  4. MaryinColorado | | #7

    Oooooooooooooooh!!!!  WOW!!!!  I love her!!!  She is so cool!  I especially like all the gold accents, and that hair is perfecto.  I agree that she needs lace or fishnet stockings to add to her great outfit.  You have advanced so quickly in your dollmaking.  Way to go!  Woohoo!

    I bought fabric yesterday for the studio curtains (dk blue sparkle poly organza)  It's not what I envisioned but think it will be okay, also have to go to another Hobby Lobby for more as I bought all they had.  Hope the dye lots will match ok)  Also bought dollmaking fabrics in blues and limey greens.  Had Joannes hold one piece of fabric so I can go back with a coupon.  I feel like a beginner again with the dollmaking but will give it a whirl because you inspired me.  Thank You!  Mary

    1. rodezzy | | #9

      Thanks I'm glad you like her.  I made another little quicky doll last night.  I tried not to, but well.  She's done now.  Just have to sew on her head and do her hair or turban.

      I'm looking forward to seeing your curtains.  It sounds like so much fun.  I love the colors you've chosen.  I like cool colors also, more than hot colors.  Blues, purples, greens and every thing on the cool color side.  I like hot too, but not as much.  I have to remember to buy something nuetral in my wardrobe outside of black and white.  I'm always drawn to color.  I have on pink today with a cream shawl and blue jean skirt. 

      I can't wait to see your room though, it's going to be comforting and fun all at the same time.  The comfort will come from doing something you love and the fun will dance on the wings of knowing you finally did what you really wanted. 

      You are no beginner doll maker.  I'm just following the step-by-step directions of making the dolls and then letting my little design thoughts take over from the basic construction.  That's it in a nutshell.  I must admit, I'm pretty good at following instructions, especially when it's something I really want to do.  I pay close attention and read everything first, then go step-by-step.  Then I explode with imagination where I can.  That's what keeps me going....giggle.

  5. Josefly | | #21

    Love your newest doll. I think she looks a lot like Barbra Streisand! Has she been singing to you?

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      ThreadKoe | | #22

      Good Call! LOL you are right, I also think she sort of looks like Barbra, before the nosejob. Cathy

      1. Josefly | | #24

        Yeah. If Rodezzy gave her some red hair, either frizzy-curly, slinky-straight or short page-boy, she would be a dead ringer, yes? (Chortle)

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    VKStitcher | | #23

    I think you've found a new calling--doll maker!  Your creative talents are shining so bright we gotta wear shades!  Please post a picture of Witchy Woman modeling all her accessories when you're done.  I love it!  :-)

  7. sewelegant | | #25

    Your witchy woman doll is quite wonderful and just in time for halloween!  You remind me so much of a dear friend of mine who passed away about 10 years ago and I sorely miss her.  She too was very creative and productive.  She made numerous dolls and each had it's own personality.  It would speak to her just like you say your dolls do.  Her favorite tool was the glue gun!  After the needle, of course.  She was also a wonderful seamstress.  I'll have to take a picture of a couple of her dolls I was lucky enough to acquire.  You cannot know how much others appreciate your talents so you are right to choose wisely the ones you bestow your gifts on... some, like me will remember you all their lives.  Oh, and yes! Barbra S.  It must be the nose!

  8. Ceeayche | | #26

    FABU!!!!  Another winner.

    Your creativity knows no bounds.  So wise of you to allow Witchy Woman to direct your efforts.  She appears to be a woman who knows what works for her special style.    Work it Rodezzy!

  9. scrubble4 | | #27

    rodezzy:  I love your witchy woman.  It made me giggle and it is so cleverly put together and made. I think you are one very talented lady and I think you can also manufacture hours in the day with all you accomplish.  Thanks for your continuing inspiration to all of us.  Scrubble4

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