That's my effort in the foreground on the way to completion . All the materials needed were provided in the workshop so I didn't have to remember to take anything with me. The doll pattern is simple as the the legs and arms are not separate pieces, here it is laid on calico ready to be cut out.
As directed I sewed around the doll, reinforcing the stitching at the necessary points, leaving a section unstitched at the top of the head where the stuffing would be inserted. The face of the doll had been ready painted by Maria, there is no way that I could get such a lovely face.
My initial idea, when I booked the workshop, was that I could make dolls with the features of family and friends taken from photographs digitally printed on to the cloth but Maria pointed out that the proportions of the features on a doll are different to those of an adult and my idea would not work or be attractive. Better start practising drawing faces! Once I had clipped the seams in the appropriate places and turned the doll right side out, it was time to start stuffing. This was made easier by using straight forceps to get the stuffing down the narrow arms and legs. These are inexpensive items, £3- £5 depending on the length, available from medical suppliers and fishing tackle shops (they are used by anglers to get hooks out).
Hair is made from knitting yarn and applied with glue, although I used a combination of glue and stitching. Once applied you can style the hair as you wish, long tresses, plaits, a bob- the choice is yours. I decided on a chignon.
Next it was time to make some clothes from the tiny patterns provided - a sleeveless top and a full gathered skirt with a ribbon tie at the back. I only had time to get halfway with completing these- too much time chatting and tea drinking! I intended to make these up swiftly but Christmas preparations and minor illnesses intervened and I have only just given the doll some clothes. Here is the front and back views of her in the floral two piece I started in the workshop. I made a tulle petticoat to go underneath.
Here she is in casual gear, a cotton top (from the same top pattern but with extended arms and slightly looser fit) and denim skirt.
I may even become addicted to doll making, as Maria has. Anyone interested in taking a workshop like this or having a personal lesson or commissioning a doll can find more information on Maria's web site
And what about scraps of knitting yarn, as I know many of us knit as well. My solution, a godsend in this frosty weather, has been to make Mobius Twist Headbands in crochet following the instructions on Youtube from Oana's crochet Channel . You can make them as wide as you like and wear them with the twist in the front or back. How my ears have thanked me for these, a few of which you can see below. Even a beginner can make one quickly.
And finally, another cold weather scrap make - gloves. They do not have to be one colour, in fact the more stripes the better in my opinion. These are knitted on two pins using yarn of the same tension and I knit them both at the same time, using yarn from the beginning of the ball for one glove and the end of the ball for the other so the stripes will match in width and thus I do not have to calculate how much to use on each glove but just knit until there is not enough yarn left to complete a matching row on each glove. They don't have to match at all and I am inclined to have odd coloured fingers in my next pair. Just remember to knit one shaped for the left hand and one for the right hand.
Anyone have any tips for using small pieces of fabric or knitting yarn? Perhaps you can tell us about it in a comment below and then post a photo on our club web site in the Member's Makes Album.