Friday, September 15, 2017

Doll Challange #2 for Halloween!




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HALLOWEEN DOLL CHALLENGE
September, 2017
Use the Harvey Harvest Doll Pattern to create your version of Witchy Boo!
Pattern alterations described below.
If you don't already have my Harvey Harvest Pattern please visit my Etsy Shop.
Witchy Boo is a doll I made a few years ago and I still get a lot of requests for her but instead of making another pattern, I've decided to use her as a doll challenge and for inspiration!   My Harvey Harvest doll pattern has many of the basic elements.   Below I will list the changes you will want to make/eliminate to create your version of Witchy Boo :)
⦁    Begin with Harvey's basic body which is the head, body, arms and legs.  (eliminate the ears, cheeks, nose and accessories which are the rake and corn).
⦁    If you like, redraw the legs.  To do this simply use a marker and make the legs about 4 inches longer and the feet longer.   Don't be afraid, just have fun! :)  Then cut out the pattern.
⦁    Draw it on the fabric. For Witchy Boo I used osnaburg. You can also use drop cloth canvas.    Sew everything as instructed in Harvey's pattern, turn and stuff.
⦁    Needle sculpt Witchy a nose or you can do a thread nose like I did for my Hildegard pattern.  
⦁    Base coat eyes as with Harvey, let dry and follow instructions for staining.  I used  more coffee/walnut ink on Witchy because I wanted her darker and grungier.  Let dry.
⦁    Paint or draw on Witchy a simple mouth and shadow her eyes like we did with Harvey but use more of the dry brush black and fade out further. Skip the blush :)
⦁    Make Harvey's  hat, follow instructions in his pattern.
⦁    Stitch or glue Orange wool roving on the top of witchy's head and stitch/glue hat into place (after hat is dry).  Around Witchy's hat I stitched some whimsy yarn.
⦁    Paint her sock and shoes.  Let dry.
⦁    For her dress, use Harvey's shirt pattern and make the sleeves just a bit shorter.  At the bottom of the shirt, attach a gathered skirt.  I stitched rickrack around her waist.
⦁     For her pantaloons, use Harvey's pants pattern.  You may have to make the pants pattern just a bit longer in the legs.
⦁    Make Harvey's collar and put on Witchy.
⦁    Use several torn strands of fabric and tie around Witchy's neck. Attach little bells on the ends.
⦁    For her little ghost, use a small dowel rod and a 2 inch styrofoam ball or any round object even wadded up foil or newspaper.  Cover with fabric and tie around the neck area to hold to stick. Paint white. Let dry then paint on eyes/mouth.  Once dry, then stain lightly to dirty it up and make it look old.  Wrap the extra fabric with string or wire around the dowel rod to hold into place.
⦁    Send me pictures of your finished creations!




If you don't have Harvey's pattern, you can purchase it in my Etsy Shop as a instant download.




Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Doll Challenge September, 2017

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Doll Challenge for September, 2017! As you can see in the main picture is my pattern for Little Punkins. Well, I'm giving you a secret about the other four dolls, especially the one with the orange/white head.....they were made from this pattern.The only thing I did was make the pants top longer (the top/waist of the pants NOT the legs) so they would be long enough to reach under the doll's arms then I ran a gathering stitch of crochet thread and gathered the pants fabric under the doll's arms. Tie the knot. I didn't use the suspenders as shown in the LIttle Punkins photos because there was no need to. To paint the orange/white doll's head, I first painted her orange (orange paint mixed with water to a milky consistency, then let dry completely). I wasn't completely happy after she dried, so then I mixed white to a very watery/skim milk consistency and lightly painted it over her head until it was where I wanted it to be. Let dry completely. Then I stained lightly over the head and more heavily over the body. Next, I painted the eyes which you can use from any of my other doll patterns and make as big as you like. Do all this before you dress the doll of course. messy messy! Embellishments such as the flower in the center are all fabric flowers I got at either Walmart or Joanns. The little dolls their holding.... the Cat is Hildegard's cat pattern just made larger. The voodoo doll is Mr. Crowley's voodoo doll made larger. The one with the Tag was done with my printer but you could do it with rubber stamps as well and a large manila tag HAVE FUN! Send me your photos when you're finished!
If you don't already have my Little Punkins epattern, you can visit my Etsy shop to purchase as an instant download.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Doll Challenge!

Sanker Studio DOLL CHALLENGE!
I have put together a photo and color scheme to inspire you to recreate my Daffodil & Carrot spring doll pattern into Halloween!  The challenge is to try to use the colors shown in this collage.  You can add a witch hat, broom...whatever you like, just keep within the basics of the pattern and use this color scheme and have fun!  Sorry no prizes will be awarded except the joy you feel in your heart when you're finished with your creation!  :D 
Send me pictures on your progress and finished doll!  I'll share them on my Facebook page and my Blog  :)

If you don't already have my Daffodil & Carrot doll pattern you can purchase the EPattern in my Etsy Shop. 

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

EPattern Release - Mr. Ollie



I'm releasing just the EPATTERN for Mr. Ollie (this is not the video). He's a rabbit but his dark coloring and the right clothing colors would be fitting for Autumn :) You could make two heads...one for his body and turn the other one into a pumpkin!
Available in my Etsy shop

Monday, July 10, 2017

Agatha & Esmeralda Witchy Sisters EPATTERN


EPATTERN - Agatha & Esmeralda

These sweet witchy sisters are made from the same pattern. Each measures approximately 16 inches tall when mounted to a wood base as shown. Pattern includes instruction on how to make the dolls, hats, how to mount to the wood base, eye painting, staining and what I used for embellishments.

Available in my Etsy Shop



Painting Agatha & Esmeralda's Eyes

I plan to have the finished dolls and an epattern available by tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed! Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this fast-paced video of me painting Agatha & Esmeralda (pattern and dolls coming tomorrow).

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hildegard the Witch EPATTERN

~Hildegard~ EPATTERN

Hildegard the Witch measures 26 inches from the tip of her hat to the bottom of her stand. Pattern includes instruction on how to make the doll and mount her on a wood base, how to make her pumpkin, cat, hat, dress and how to paint her eyes. (Pattern does NOT include dried sweet annie nor the faux frozen charlotte doll).

Friday, June 02, 2017

Pumpkins on Parade Pull Toy and Epattern


Pumpkins on Parade dolls are made from fabric and mounted on wood bases with moving wheels.
This piece measures 16 inches tall (from the bottom of their wheels to the tips of their hats) and approximately 24 inches wide.
  
Pumpkins on Parade is designed and handcrafted by me.  Signed and dated.

THIS ITEM IS NOT A TOY for children and is intended for Display Only.

Finished Set and Epattern are available in my Etsy Shop

Monday, May 22, 2017

Summertime Picnic

I have three new handmade dolls available in my Etsy Shop.  These are small, sweet little tokens of happy for Summer :)
Measuring 12.5 inches tall and made to hang or prop on a shelf, this little sweetie is ready for a summer picnic.
Designed and handcrafted by me.  Signed and dated.
My Dolls are NOT TOYS and are intended for Display Only.

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Doll challenge - Self Portrait




In our doll Facebook group "Whimsical Studio" we had a doll challenge called "Self Portrait" and here is my self portrait. :)
I want to explain why I chose what I did for my challenge piece. I dressed myself in polka dots because I've always loved them, I also love stripes but just seemed to much for this outfit and this project has taken so long because like me in my own closet, I have a hard time deciding what to wear! :D I love silver jewelry and old tarnished silver, so I added the silvery pieces but tarnished them both to represent my love for them but to show that I am not perfect. My shoes are black glitter because when I was a child, I had a favorite pair of patent leather shoes that I absolutely adored. I loved those darn shoes. The dolls represent the doll work that I do and represent a care for my inner child (that we all have). And lastly, the crown on my head because though I am flawed and little bit crazy, I am still my own queen and to trust myself. My doll is all about me

Friday, April 21, 2017

Liberty

LIBERTY
Both handmade doll and epattern are now available in my Etsy shop!

Liberty measures 13 inches from the top of his head to his bottom (made to sit).  He is made from various fabrics, painted with acrylics and stained with coffee and walnut ink.
  
Liberty is designed and handcrafted by me.  Signed and dated.

My Dolls are NOT TOYS and are intended for Display Only.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lots of new Dollies!

Lots of new handmade dollies in my Etsy shop! All designed and handmade by me. Hope you like them! :)

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Daffodil & Carrot

~Daffodil & Carrot~ FINISHED HANDMADE DOLL

Daffodil and Carrot are tired of being cooped up this Winter and ready for Spring! Daffodil measures approximately 15 inches from the tip of her ears to her bottom (made to sit). Alternative measurement with Legs dangling off she is approximately 20 inches from the tip of her ears to her bottom. Carrot measures 10 inches tall. They are made from various fabrics, painted with acrylics and stained with coffee and walnut ink.

Daffodil and Carrot are designed and handcrafted by me. Signed and dated.

My Dolls are NOT TOYS and are intended for Display Only.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

~Otis Oink~ Handmade Finished Doll

Otis is ready for his Valentine!   Otis measures 12 inches from the tip of his ears to his bottom (made to sit).  He is made from various fabrics, painted with acrylics and stained with coffee and walnut ink.
  
Otis Oink is designed and handcrafted by me.  Signed and dated.
My Dolls are NOT TOYS and are intended for Display Only.

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May your 2017 be filled with love.
Brenda

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year!

I want to wish all of you a safe, healthy, happy, peaceful and prosperous year. Life isn't always fair and sometimes it's just downright hard. Always remember we are all star dust. "You are the universe, expressing itself as a human for a little while". Eckhart Tolle

I like a meme that said "Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one". My plan for this year is to treat my work as a business and produce more dolls, patterns and try a few new things. It all began today with the ordering of a new camcorder....feeling just a little bit giddy about it :)