Tuesday, 10 February 2015

I JUST CAN'T PUT THOSE CLARE LLOYD STAMPS DOWN...

As soon as I got Clare's stamps I KNEW I HAD to make a little dolly. It's taken me a while to work out exactly what I was going to do but here she is at last and, for a first draft I'm mighty pleased with her if I do say so myself.

I used the stamp from Plate 04 of Clare's latest release for PaperArtsy (there she is in the bottom right of the plate).


I raided my stash to see what I had and found some fabulous hand died wool for hair, a scrap of "felt" from an old jumper and some beautiful silk fabric from an old cushion.


Just look at this yarn; it's fabulous and perfect for hair. I love all the different colours


To make the curls, I soaked a few strands of the yarn in a mix of PVA glue and water before wrapping it tightly around a couple of chop sticks.


I stamped her face onto a piece of cotton canvas with Archival ink and used pencils and pastels to colour her features. I set the pastels with a spritz of hairspray. It doesn't make them waterproof but it does fix them enough to stop them just rubbing off. I added a little beauty spot just above her lip and then set about making up the doll.


I kept the clothes very simply. A very basic skirt with some grey netting I had in my sewing box as a petticoat. I made a little wrap-over cardigan for her using bits of felt from my old jumper and added a bit of lace for a collar and some burgundy ribbon as a belt.


I enjoyed making her AND I used up some of my scraps so it's a win/win for me. A great way to spend a bit of a grey morning, as well as being another great way to get the most from Clare's stamps.

Lx

10 comments:

  1. Now that's what I call a really clever way to use Clare's stamps - well done to you on both your ingenuity and your stitchy competence!

    Kathyk

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  2. So Stylish, great finish I Love her, Colour Co-ordinated with my Sitting Room I have a spce waiting for her to sit down 💖💖💖 Mary xxx

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  3. Gorgeous ! She'd look lovely in my Sitting Room as Colour Co-ordinated I have her space ready 😊😊 xx Mary

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  4. Oh wow Lauren - this is fabulous. So creative and I loved all the samples you made on release night. It has taken me some time to find your blog recently but I am here now
    x catherine

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  5. She's fabulous Lauren, and perfectly dressed.
    I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get here but you still don't come up on my reading list for some reason!
    Pauline
    x

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  6. Wonders Lauren....there is no end to your creativity and talent.xxx

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