Tuesday, 10 February 2015


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.



  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!


  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

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

  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

  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!

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