This beautiful 14-inch cloth doll is very easy to make. There are no darts.
She can be posed in many different ways.
Her torso is made from Southern Belle muslin, the tail from either muslin or Ponté double-knit. Her tail and flukes are a wonderful place to display embroidery, painting, dying, beading or any form of fiber art.
Students have a choice of two-part arms with separate hands, separate
fingers and opposable thumbs, or an arm with webbed hands that do
not require turning fingers.
Students have a choice of flukes and tails. A one-piece straight or
curved tail with flukes made with either muslin or fancy, glitzy, sheer
fabric. The muslin tail is stuffed with polyfil, and a plastic ring is
stitched to the doll’s back to turn her into a wall art piece. The
knit tail is treated so as not to leak the clean aquarium sand with which
it is stuffed. This creates a heavy tail that can be posed on the edge
of a shelf and expected to stay there without being attached to a base.
There is another set of much larger flukes that are like a blank canvas
on which to display whatever kind of needle-art one wishes to display.
These girls just scream for embellishment.
Starting with the pre-sewn body, students will stuff and needle model
the torso. The knit tail will be treated and left to dry overnight.
Arms and hands will be wired and stuffed. An optional armature will
be made for a posable tail.
Will be entirely devoted to stuffing the head and needle modeling
the face. More advanced students are encouraged to pre-stitch two
or more heads so they can practice the techniques while teacher is
working with less advanced students. Once these techniques have been
practiced several times, the student will own them.
Students will stitch all parts together to create a whole doll (time
permitting). Doll will be dyed or painted. Flukes will be made and
stitched to tail. Time permitting students will begin to embellish
them. Various wigging techniques will be discussed and, time permitting,
will be demonstrated.
- Pattern book and instructions or CD
- One yard of Southern Belle muslin (enough for two dolls)
- A fat-quarter of Ponte knit fabric for tail(enough for several tails)
- A dream-seamer tool
- Four special needles
- Pipe cleaners for wiring fingers
- Wire and tape for tail armature
- Wire for flukes
- Use of classroom supplies
Kit Fee $30 (a $45 value).
Please note that I have added $5 to this
fee to cover the recently increased cost of individual priority mailings
to students and for shipping and flying with classroom supplies. This
is my first increase in 20 years.
Kits are optional. If students do not want a kit, or if the classroom
is supplied by a shop who can stock supplies, I will not provide kits.
I will be pleased to share suppliers with shop buyer. I will, however
ask students to pay a $15 fee (payable in class) to cover cost of pattern
and for use of classroom supplies.
If student does not own all of these supplies DO NOT run out to buy
missing items. I will have some for class use.
- No sewing machine necessary as all sewing in done prior to class
- Pre-sewn torso, tails, and flukes
- Favorite dollmaking tools and supplies
- Mettler Swiss Metrosene thread, off white color
- Purple air soluble marker, not the blue one
- Hemostats for stuffing
- Small assortment of organza or other fabrics for flukes
- Florist wire – white covered wire, heaviest gauge you find in
the craft shop
- Pipe cleaners from a smoke shop or newsagent for fingers. Not chenille
Note: If you live in a very humid environment I recommend
aluminum sculpting wire in smallest gauge available, instead.
- Plastic table cover and apron in case we have time to paint
- Heavy-duty wire cutters
- Needle nosed pliers
- About half-pound of aquarium or craft sand (optional)
- Bottle of Jo-Sonja or other textile medium to make sand tail leak-proof
- Small plastic container to immerse tail in medium (optional)
- Two clothespins to hang tail to dry (optional)
- Small hair dryer to dry paint and textile medium (optional)
- Small bag of Airtex Premium stuffing – or stuffing of choice
- Grrrip Glue with dispenser (DollmakersJourney.com)
Classroom Supplies: Provided by Mimi
- Hemostats in several sizes
- Swiss Metrosene thread
- Nylon drapery thread
- Replacement needles
- Brushes and paints embossing powders
- Colored pencils and pens
- Wire cutters in several sizes
- Pliers in several sizes
- Hair dryers
- Spray bottles
- Armature wire
- Pipe cleaners
- Textile medium
- Floral wire and floral tape
- And much more
Pattern and instructions mailed to each individual student 4 to 6 weeks
prior to class, or to class coordinator to be given to student upon