Sometimes it’s hard to look at you’re work and think…is this good enough? Would anybody actually want this? It’s easy to say, no one will like this, it’s not good enough and through it out or put it somewhere out of site and mind.
This morning I was looking at my finished doll, not sure it was finished. My bats and owls that I make, their personalities usually jump out at me, but this doll did not. I couldn’t “hear” her voice. This morning, I realized why, it was because she was very shy. Her brown hair and her clothes, though the skirt is a bit short, reminded me of Laura, you know the Laura I am talking about, the one nick names half-pint. I named her Ms. Wilder because she is not a child but not quiet an adult yet. Her head is in her books. She prefers to find a nice quiet tree to sit down next to and read. Is she good enough to put on Etsy? Especially since she is my first doll? I don’t know, but it certainly will not hurt to find out.
Yesterday I began making a soft doll. Usually I love making creatures such as owls and bats, every now and then I really like to try new things. I am really bad at following patterns and so I usually just make it up as I go. I started by cutting out her basic body parts and making sure they are all the right size to go together.
Next, I made her face. I sewed on the blue of her eyes using an old satin nightgown that I no longer fit into sadly, but thought it had a nice shimmer to it that would enhance her eyes. I made my first mistake by trying to use a fancy decorative stitch on two delicate materials and ended up ripping a hole in her face, so I had to redo it. This time I used a simple zig zag stitch that worked well. I then stitched her nose and stitched the outline of her lips. I painted her lips and after they were dry I stitched the outline again or a bit of definition.
Next I sewed her head to her body and some how got the wrong sides sewn together. It was okay though since I managed to find a way to correct the problem. I then sewed together her legs and arms and I got the body put together. Though she doesn’t look like much now, today I get to do the fun part, give her a personality. Using embellisments I am looking foward to seeing who she will be as her personality begins to shine through.
Sometimes with my creations, they turn out great and sometimes not so great. The important thing I believe is learning from mistakes, using your imagination and having fun. Just because it does not turn out perfect, does not mean it is not wonderful. Sometimes it’s those imperfections that truly make something unique and wonderful. Never give up!