dolls · Uncategorized

Fabric and cushioned

As Winter draws in the construction of papier mache dolls becomes harder.  The sanding and shaping of the clay is a messy old job which I normally do outside in warmer months.  Wet clay and dust go everywhere!  So for a change I have had a go at some cushioned ladies.  I have four huge boxes full of fabric scraps in my workshop that I have collected over the years with the, “I’ll use that for something one day”thought in my mind.  Well now is the time.

They are for sale in my shop from noon today!

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Work in progress
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I always like the look of the back
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Standing attention

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Me and the girls

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dolls · Uncategorized · WIP

Going big

So after finishing  my little lovely Eves I felt the urge to go BIG! There’s something about working on an almost life size project, I love it! I don’t expect to sell her as she’s not exactly a mantle piece ornament but secretly I’m quite pleased! She may live on my stairs!

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Drying her back
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Drying her front.

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dolls · evefolkyflo · Uncategorized

Completion

A delayed post, but I suspect anyone who reads this has already been aware of the Eve’s progress via Instagram or Facebook.  My ten little friends we’re completed with ten little dresses and ten little cardies, bags and accessories. I suppose it took three to four weeks to make them,  a strange process making them as I have never made a bulk of dolls before. Also as they had to be based on @prettygreenbullet and @stories_of_eves ‘s Eve they had to look relatively similar. They didn’t look similar as it turned out. Yes they had the same hairdo and white dress etc but still they turned out all individual but distinctly ‘Eve’ I really liked this outcome.

My good friend Ghadah @prettygreenbullet came over  (all the way from her hometown Kuwait) to meet and play with the ten Eves before taking them back to Kuwait for adoption at Dar-Nur.

Here are photos of the 12 of us with a guest appearance from Eno cat 🙂

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the same but not the same
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final FolkyFlo inspection
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half way down the stairs is a good place to be
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a force to be reckoned with!

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Eno cat inspects his troops
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The lovely Ghadah and friends

 

dolls · evefolkyflo · WIP

7 dresses

Seven dresses so far,  on average I can manage one dress a day.  On a good day two can be achieved but that means the house chores suffer.  I thought I would struggle with different styles but this hasn’t been a problem yet.  Ruffles, lace appliqué, little buttons are all easy additions to a plain white dress.  What I do struggle with is the goal of perfection.  I don’t feel happy unless the dress is finished well,  this is most probably why its taking me so long to finish!  Four more to go now so I’m hoping I will complete the Eves by the end of the week.

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dolls · evefolkyflo

Every doll needs a little white dress!

I don’t really consider myself to be an particularly good dressmaker but I can cobble a dress together….just!  I don’t make clothes for myself that often I just tend to adapt Charity shop buys which i enjoy so much better.   The great thing about making dolls dresses though is that you don’t have to use a pattern.  Just hold the fabric up against the doll, cut out and sew.  If its too big cut a bit off and sew again.  Also the doll always seems to be very happy about what ever I make them.

All the EveFolkyFlo dolls that I’m making at the moment will have removable dresses.  I do this because I like the owner to see the painted underwear underneath which is always fun. I also like it that my dolls are not just an Art doll to look at but a tactile dress up doll for grown up children (adults).

For more information on the original Eve that these dolls are based on please see @stories_of_eves via Instagram.  Or go to Ghadah Alkandari’s www.prettygreenbullet.com

 

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Eve rummaging amongst the flowers

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A little shell button on the neckline
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Show us your petticoats!
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Eve no 2 with a ruffle