I tried something new this past weekend - a beaded doll. Somehow I didn't think it would be so difficult - boy was I wrong! Stitching around a 3 dimensional surface is a whole different ball game than simply stitching beads to fabric. I poked myself, I swore a LOT, I almost gave up but I decided to stick it out - even if the result was - well - funny looking. I'm proud of myself for finishing, even though I really wanted to give it to the cats to bury in their box. I still want to make a beaded doll, but I think that I will wait for either a class or have my friend Megan Noel teach me because 'do it yourself' dolls just don't seem to work.

And now - for your amusement is beaded doll #1 (she has hips just like mine)


Carol said...

Well, I think its pretty cool. I made 2 on store bought Bendy forms and now am making my own body. Well, that's now easy, but lets face it, its all a learning experience. Keep trying. Mine got better.

BTW, I really like yours. The vibrant colors you chose are beautiful. Don't sell your doll short. She is speaking to you, turn up the volumn!

abeadlady said...

I agree with Carol. She is great for a first doll. As you do each one, they will tell you what they want to be. Dolls are funny that way. Don't get discouraged.

pam T said...

LOL..... oh Diane, I did have to laugh about your description making the doll, because I did the same thing awhile ago, only YOU finished and I didn't!!! Mine is still hiding in a bottom drawer covered up.... seeing as you were so persistent and got such a great result, maybe I will haul her out again. I think she is very, very cool....!

Robin said...

I completely agree with you about solid beading on a dimensional surface. Gaaaaaak! Megan is a pro at it... Yours is pretty darn nice too. Yay!

Robin A.

Sabine said...

She is very endearing, clumsy feet and all. Above her hips she has a nice waist (wonder where mine has gone?).

You know, when I made my first BJP doll, I did most of the stitching on the assembled doll. Well, that was the first and last time I chose to do it that way round. I now do most of the embroidery, not all of it, before assembling and stuffing, and that saves me a lot of frustration.