Recently I put my name down for a doll swap in our Craft Forum, but as closing time draw closer I developed cold feet. My doll making belonged to the past when I made dolls for school raffles, dolls that were cut out in two pieces, back and front. A 'proper' doll I hadn't tackled. I withdrew from that swap.
However as the excitment of Christmas passed and time began to hang heavily on my hands [isn't housework all up to date for Christmas?] and I had discovered a lovely pattern in the latest Homespun magazine I decided to tackle a doll.
The doll in the magazine was named Shelly ... she had long plaited hair, and wore a shell necklace. Mmmmm ... not really what I wanted, but the pattern was intriguing. I traced the pattern, cut the pieces out and started from there. The days were hot; enthusiasm waned, but in the cool of the evening I sewed.
The head wasn't difficult ... don't ask about joining the head to the body! Had the instructions been followed attaching the head would have been easier. I have a bad habit of thinking I know, when I don't!
Shelly's face in the pattern didn't come up to my specifications either. [Yes, I know, but in my mind a pattern is a pattern; to be altered, added, or adhered to, or reconstructed to another's specifications.] Out came the Prisma pencils and a face slowly came to life. Don't you like the freckles?!
[oops ... the knitting needle I pushed up her back to get her to stand straight is showing ... ignore it. I wanted to show her lovely scuffs/shoes!]
As this doll has short red hair [that feather wool is wonderful ... I simply threaded a short length through a large-eyed needle, pulled it through once and tied a half knot]; she has been named Catriona ... a good Scottish name for a red-head.
She left gathering shells on the magazine page. A bag with knitting and a magazine, plus a quilt-cum-swag roll completed the essentials she needs for her move south.