Friday, September 10, 2010

Spooky Doll

I whipped this one up quickly for a spooky doll swap. I prefer neatness and symmetry in my work but this time I proceeded with "reckless abandon". :)

To start, I machine stitched some black netting to black broadcloth with bright red thread. The backing consists of two layers of printed cottons with wrong sides together, therefore, you see the right side of the fabric on the back and on the edges that are visible from the front. I sewed the back and front together. The seam allowance was not consistent and I really ended up with quite a mess. Then I thought, she's supposed to be a spooky doll so it's perfectly alright that she's a bit haphazard. I left all the edges raw and tossed some yarn around her neck.

I think I've really got to go a little crazy more often. I like this doll so much I don't want to part with her, but I will. I can make a few more for myself and string them up on Halloween.

The top scan shows her flat, before I added the back and polyfil. The second picture is the finished product.


Summerset said...

You're so right. I tend to be very planned and precise in my art. To a fault, actually. Letting loose every now and again is not a bad thing. That's why I chose to do the 3 Studios 2010 Art Quilt Challenge - to do some different sort of work than my usual overly planned stuff. Great doll, and I think the style of dolls lends itself to some randomness.

Healing Woman said...

Yes, you usually are very concise in your designs. This one goes way over the top, still your style but much more flamboyant. Love it!

Belinda said...

I had to laugh Inga I am the opposite to you I have problems with neatness and symmetry and go wild with the rough around the edges look. It must be why I love this spooky doll so much, she's kinda funky. Belinda

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

I love the idea of stringing some of these ladies as a Halloween garland!