TOP ETSY SHOP AD

14 July 2017

Dying yarn for doll making...

When an old Victorian department store closed down after 150 years in our town a while ago, I was lucky enough to purchase their entire stock of tapestry yarn.


So many amazing colours, one could almost build a rainbow!

video


However, as beautiful as these vibrant hues are, they are a tad bright for my liking and so I took the plunge and dipped them in some dye.

Such a rewarding past time and really rather addictive (in the process I ended up with almost an entire new wardrobe of green clothing!).

Lucy got very into it...

I used RIT liquid dye in taupe colour.  It's such a useful shade and dulls any bright colours, along with Dylon's beige shade.

A most satisfying thing to do...

video
 I also used a Dylon dark green.  It was sold as washing machine dye but I always try and hand dye when I can.... ended up with a load of tie dyed clothing the other week when I overloaded the washing machine so won't make that mistake again.

Silly me took the rubber gloves off half way through.... never a good decision!

 Oh but the effort was worth it.... much more pleasing to the eye... Oh sigh! as I spread them out over the lawn to dry....

 Had a little helper too.... meet Tiberius Maximus Olympus (although because he didn't grow quite as large as we had anticipated, my Mother feels he should be named 'Upper Middlemus' rather that Maximus!  He's a cross between a Bengal and a Maine Coon, think he's more in touch with his Bengal side but does wrestle with both his sides.


I gave him a surprise ending in this little video...

video


So then for the less pleasing task of unraveling it all... 

 Fortunately Wimbledon was on this week so it was a good excuse to sit down and multi task with a second little helper, Lucy who was getting more excited by the minute...






 I write this still with blue hands! 


Here are examples of how I use the yarn....

Resulting in a little companion to hang out on a shoulder...
 Happy days to all those who still play!


 Thank you for visiting and do check out the latest limited edition doll kits available in the sidebar!
Susannah x

3 July 2017

A New You Tube Video...

I truly believe my furry soulmate - Persephone Millicent Olympia 
came to Earth to help spread peace and harmony...
With Persephone Millicent Olympia
 Here's a new video recently posted on You Tube...

 where I chat briefly about making
Verity Hope dolls and the method used... Enjoy!

Susannah x

24 June 2017

A Larger Verity Hope Doll...

Hello there, I'm Susannah creator of Verity Hope vintage childhood dolls and kits.  
Susannah
In this short post I'm going to show you a selection of step by step images of how I make larger Verity Hope dolls, it's not a complete tutorial but I hope they'll inspire you to have a go at doll making yourself, it's really very easy and most rewarding. The following doll stands about 18cm (7") high and her clothing is cut from wool felt.

SO LET'S SEE...
This is what she'll look like when finished...
 
 
 I started off by making the bendy armature out of pipe cleaners which I then wrapped with 100% wool yarn just like they used to do during the make do and mend war years.  
Do you remember Grecon dolls? They were made in the same way.

Her clothing was cut from wool felt...

Here are the bits sewn on... 

Then I made a small hole in the collar, placed it over the neck and hand stitched up the sides. 
I used blanket stitch because I wanted to make the stitching a feature.

Once the felt head was completed (I embroidered her eyes and mouth) and glued in place, the hair was added. First at the front...

 And then all over the back...

Finishing with thread at each side to form bunchies...

Finally I made a little beret...

And here she is all finished... a new little character!

 
 So that was really quite simple wasn't it... 


If you'd like to have a go at making a similar doll there is a digital pattern tutorial which takes you through the steps in more detail and contains a pattern template for the clothing and face.  


Thank you for visiting and I hope you feel a little bit inspired now to give this easy vintage technique of doll making a go!

Happy days to all those who still play!
Susannah x

2 June 2017

New Limited Edition Kits

I have a couple of new doll making kits to offer which are in the shop now.


Both these kits are LIMITED EDITIONS so only a small number are available.
This is Meredith...


Her kit comes with a little patchwork apron...


 


Meet Louisa... 


She has long strawberry hair...




Like all Verity Hope dolls kits, Meredith and Louisa can be sewn entirely by hand.
Little old fashioned style dollshouse dolls for you to make and treasure...


TO CHECK AVAILABILITY click on the
ETSY link at the top 
or to read in general about Verity Hope doll making kits
 CLICK HERE

video

Thank you for visiting,
Susannah x