Friday, October 21, 2011

Ayanna-Beautiful Flower

Ayanna is finally finished. She is my club challenge doll....remember the fabric with the large flowers....well, those flowers blossomed into Ayanna. I used a Leta Benedict pattern that had a multi-layer skirt and a parasol. I could envision using the print as petals on the dress and part of the parasol. The pattern didn't include shoes but I just couldn't resist making shoes for her delicate feet. Ayanna is perched on a wooden candlestick that has been painted to coordinate with her dress. Wouldn't you know that I used the largest print fabric on the smallest cloth doll that I have made!! She's only 13" from the tip of her shoe to the top of her head and only 16" when you include the stand and parasol. She will be on exhibit at our annual Show and Sale on November 19th along with the other challenge dolls. There were 9 entries in the challenge and every doll was unique and wonderful. It will be very interesting to see who wins the People's Choice Award this year.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Indy Cloth Doll Challenge

Every year the Indy Cloth Dollmakers presents a challenge to the members which is due at our October meeting. The challenge dolls are judged by an independent judge and prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The dolls are also displayed during our annual November Show and Sale and people vote on their favorite. This year we chose a fabric and the challenge is to use this fabric as part of the doll. The fabric is quite big, bright and bold. It will be very interesting to see what our members create using this fabric since most of the time our dolls are 20 inches tall or less!! Since many of the floral motifs in the fabric are 3 - 5 inches in diameter, the scale is challenging. Here is a picture of the print--just to give you an idea of the relative size we have placed a quarter on the fabric for comparison. I can't wait to see the creations! Please come to our 9th Annual Show and Sale on Saturday November 19th and vote for your favorite creation.