Sunday, January 27, 2008

Icicles Finally Done

After much trial and error, I finally found a solution to the problem I was having with the tops of the heads. I redid the top of the black one by chopping off her previous "hair" and tacking on some stiff netting instead. I just didn't like the look of the eyelash yarn that I first tried as it was flopping over and I wanted the hair to stand up. I was lucky enough to find the netting in three different colours as part of a hugely discounted post-Christmas sale item at my local fabric store. You know, at full price, that stuff was $12.98 a metre - too expensive, I think.

I am keeping the violet and the black ones. The black Icicle was my test doll and the beadwork is too sloppy. I have since figured out a better way to sew beads. The violet doll was meant for a swap, but I can't give her up. I'm kind of sentimental about the fabric and I don't have any of it left.

The bottom two are going out to my swap partners. I spent a fair amount of time on the turquoise one on the right. All I had left of that fabric were small scraps. The top and bottom halves are actually seamed together and the sun face has been embroidered and beaded over the seam to cover it up.

The next projects to tackle include finishing up my February card, making a Valentine card and starting a special Dotee for Dot Christian, the inventor of the Dotee.

The swap site that I belong to, www.swap-bot.com, has a Dotee For Beginners Swap that so far has 95 participants. The deadline to sign up is January 31st, so who knows what the final count will be. I'm reading many comments from swappers who had no idea what these Dotees were all about, but once they got a look at them, well, then just had to take a stab at it too. Isn't that great?



6 comments:

Creativehands said...

O.K. I'm in!! I signed up for the swap and am just waiting for the confirmation.
Now, what to make?...
mmmm.
Your icicles are beautiful.

sena said...

Hi...I came across your website thru swap-bot as I signed up for the art doll swap(Tallulah is so much fun)
I love your creations! The faces of your dottees are beautiful. Your also a girl after my own heart...I love vintage fabric, I love fabric in general and vintage buttons...just about anything vintage. You should check out my swap...Where Women Create.
love your site, too.
Sena (bluegrassgirl)
btw...I'm an aries too. Go rams!

sena said...

Hi...I came across your website thru swap-bot as I signed up for the art doll swap(Tallulah is so much fun)
I love your creations! The faces of your dottees are beautiful. Your also a girl after my own heart...I love vintage fabric, I love fabric in general and vintage buttons...just about anything vintage. You should check out my swap...Where Women Create.
love your site, too.
Sena (bluegrassgirl)
btw...I'm an aries too. Go rams!

creative dreams said...

"Wow" again I must say I love your work, there is a beauty and pureness to them. I am a member of swap-bot and have joined the dotee's for beginers swap and I can't wait to share some creations.I can't believe this will be my first ever swap, boy what have I been missing out on? lol. Thank you for sharing. Belinda

littlewanda said...

I do like those Icicle Dolls. I've posted about mine on my blog, but have to admit a) I did not enjoy making them and b) they are nowhere near as good as yours.

Everyone's going Dotee mad! 95 participants!

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

They all came out beautifully. I love the idea of netting for hair!