Just a quick post to introduce my next 18 inch doll. These bigger dolls do take more work, but they are so worth it! I love the bigger size since it enables me to work in greater detail on face and clothing.
I found a lovely piece of fabric to up cycle- a sheet really. It’s 800 thread count Egyptian cotton, and such a nice shade of brown, I had to get it. I wanted to try some more African American dolls, but I think this one turned out looking more Native American.
The dress is another original design, in a cheery red color, since Valentine’s is just around the corner. The white details are done in couching, which is a method using yarn, or in this case, thin strips of cotton jersey. You trace a pattern and tack down the ‘yarn’ at regular intervals. It’s really easy and fun!
I also wove some buttons into her hair, just for something a little different than braids with bows on the end.
What do you think?
I have always had a fascination with red hair. I wished I had red hair as a child, and even contemplated dying it once or twice when I got older, but I never had the guts. And I could never understand why Anne of Green Gables hated her hair. She claimed it gave her a bad temper, and I guess if people called me “Carrots” all day……
Anywhooo, all that to say, I have been meaning to make a doll with red hair for a while now and I finally finished her!
Her hair is rather vivid, but I am not sure if it is red or auburn. What’s the difference anyways? And I am totally in love with the scalloped edge on this ribbon.
I contemplated a sprinkling of freckles on her cheeks, but was not sure how to accomplish it without her looking like Raggedy Ann.
So there she is. I had a lot of fun with the embroidery on her dress, and I can’t decide if I like red or blue shoes best. I think the blue will win out here.
Also I am working on changing a few things on my Etsy shop, but hopefully it won’t cause any problems if, you know, browsing turned to buying ; )