There! She’s done! During our mini-holiday this past week, I finished the doll I made during Fröken Skicklig‘s dollmaking course a few weeks ago. Please meet Stella!
I am extremely pleased with the way she’s turned out, as is my daughter Nynke. She’s usually a cars kind of girl, but she took to Stella immediately. Maybe there’s a girly girl in there somewhere after all?
I must be the slowest (I was going to write sewer, but that just didn’t sound… right ) seamstress on earth. It took me one whole morning to complete a strawberry! And I’ve been slaving away at a donut all evening today… Phew.
Yes, you guessed it, December in August. And at the rate I’m going, it’s a good thing I’m starting early this year, or I’ll never ever get those December presents ready in time! We’re planning on gifting the little ones a play kitchen (which still *ahem* has to be built as well, unless we decide to be lazy cowards and get the IKEA one), and while I’ve been squirreling away various objects over the course of this year (kitchen utensils, a cake stand, the sweetest porcelain polka dotted tea set), what has been sadly lacking so far is food. Which will be remedied in due time. One hopes.
I’m back to my stitching now, but I’ll leave you with a link to a VERY useful tutorial on making a neat blanket stitch, essential for slow sewers seamstresses.
Futuregirl’s Hand Sew Felt Using Blanket Stitch Tutorial.
I broke my own rule, started on a new little doll this afternoon and was punished just now by totally botching up the last eye. How I detest my embroidery skills right now! Bah! One head ruined and thrown away – I think I’ll just leave it for now. Tomorrow’s another day, perhaps better for making eyes. Sweet dreams!
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Sometimes, the simplest things can seem so very, very complicated. Seem, because the solution is almost always out there – you just have to find it! And when you do… well, there’s just no way to describe that Eureka-feeling.
Have you ever had trouble trying to tie a simple knot in a piece of thread? And had it turn out too small, too large, halfway down the thread instead of at the end, turn into two knots inches apart because you decided it wasn’t big enough and thus needed to be tied again? I have. On too many occasions to count!
But. I have found the solution. My Eureka-moment. My own personal epiphany. All because of this very simple, very clear and extremely useful tutorial:
My Favorite Knot by the inimitable Heather Bailey.
Try it! It’ll change your sewing life. Or at least make it a whole lot easier! Thank you, Heather, thank you!
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It may look complicated, this kind of hair, but believe me, it’s very straightforward. All you need is a sewing machine, some adhesive tape and some tissue paper. And yarn, of course.
I took photos while I was working on Lina’s wig – I may turn those into a tutorial one day. Please let me know if you’re interested!
Just as I was about ready to give up on my new sewing machine, hurl it into the garden so it could rot with the soon-to-drop autumn leaves, I remembered my pincushion.
Of course! My pincushion! Exactly what I needed to restore faith in my meagre sewing skills! So last night, I cut two circles – one in Amy Butler fabric and one in 100% wool felt – and got to work. And lo and behold, just 30 minutes later, I ended up with this:
I’m happy, the sewing machine is happy, my pins are happy. Hurray!
P.S. The tutorial is here.
We were just taking a look, feeling the water, but the owner of the shop was so very enthusiastic, he lured us in. Even got a 100 Euro discount for trading in my rickety old machine. And I got the telephone number of a lady who offers sewing lessons. I’m in heaven!
O yes, and before I forget – it’s a Janome Decor Excel II 5024.