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Hello doll lovers! This blog was created to tell you about dolls I have made and classes I teach on doll making at Attic Window Quilt Shop in Comstock Park, Michigan (a suburb of Grand Rapids). My goal in teaching is to pass on the love of making heirloom quality dolls. Most of the dolls I make (and hold classes for) are designed by Gail Wilson - visit her website at www.gailwilsondesigns.com . Page down my blog for some fun doll links including antique doll sites and hard to find doll supplies.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pincushion Doll

Hello dollmakers!  You have probably been wondering what I have been up to!  New grand babies!  I have been busy.  So busy I forgot to publish this draft from a year ago!  So here it is, even though so out dated.  The Pincushion doll in reds sold on Etsy quite awhile ago.  And my sewing room is quite messy again.  sigh..... At least it's Spring right around the corner. It ends quite abruptly; I guess I was planning on going back to add more.  Here it is, and I promise I will post again soon so you can see what dolls I have been working on.

Hello dollmakers! 

Happy Spring to you!  We have spring flowers starting to make their way thru the snow and hard soil.  It won't be long and we will see the bright yellows of Narcissus and Forsythia flowers.  Spring inspired me to straighten up the sewing room and now you can see all the UFO dolls waiting to be finished.  Two black hitties and the Portrait Izannah are the two lucky ones up next.  Izannah  just needs some antiquing and clothing and she is finished.




Today I am finishing up another Pincushion Doll from Gail Wilson Designs.  She is outfitted in reds this time.  The pincushion doll can be found here.  She is available in a kit (brown or blue clothing) or as a mini kit (you supply your own clothing fabrics).  I can't tell you how much I enjoying my Pincushion Doll on my sewing table.  She holds my doll making tools, pins, needles, and many other things to keep them from getting lost on the sewing table. 
 Next week is the last class for this doll at Attic Window Quilt Shop in Comstock Park, MI.  There will be a few other dolls in their final stages that the other participants have made.  All are so cute!

To finish my doll, I need to sew her bodice.  After sewing the shoulders, adding lace, and sewing the side seams, I like to press open the seam allowances.  This is easily accomplished using the wooden handle of my stuffing fork or the handle of a wooden spoon. I keep several sizes of wooden spoons and other utensils (spurtles, etc.) just for ironing tiny sleeves.




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