Nellie"s Needles

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Spirit Doll Modification

It's taken me a while to notice that Louise attached her spirit doll's head differently from the instructions I wrote. I like her method better than mine. It results in a more natural position and a chin PLUS it's easier to do.
Complete the seam around the head rather than beginning and ending on each side of the neck. An opening for the neck is made by small criss-cross slits cut in the back of the head at the base of her skull. Make short slits ... the size of them can be increased to accommodate the size of the neck. Push the neck into the opening. The head can be turned and/or tilted in various positions. Secure the positioning with straight pins. Connect the head to the body with the blind stitch/ladder stitch.

Oh, how I wish I had thought to do this on the two dolls I made and in those instructions that more than 100 people have downloaded from Scribd. Hopefully, I'll recall to attach the head this way if I make another doll.

Speaking of another doll, I had forgotten that I had taken photos of Deb's doll before she left my possession.
Her's was the first to get a derrier. Someone else had placed embroidery on her chest so that I couldn't give her "yo-yo" breasts. I like the flower tatoos on her rosy cheeks ... and her purple petal hair is "wild".

I can hardly wait to see the rest of these beauties at the "Spirit Party" on Thursday. Photos will be posted that night. You may have noticed that I've added a Picassa album of them in my sidebar. Just click on the picture to access it. I'll add photos of dolls made by any of you out in cyberland to that album if you send me a picture or a link where I can find it.


self taught artist said...

what a toosh!!! very wild little spirit doll!

Heather said...

I'm not really a doll person, but I love these and envy that one her neat little bottom!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Gotta love those little round 'cheeks' hiding under her skirt. I might just borrow your idea sometime.

Kay said...

I love these spirit dolls! Your group sounds like such fun.