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Joshua… and New Friends

I made some more dolls over the past few months (well, nearly-year); all for other people.  One was as a thank you to a friend, and the the other two were commissioned as a wedding present.  I’ll begin with Joshua…

Meet Josh Ritter: ritter

Now. Meet Joshua Ritter.


I was given a ticket to see Josh Ritter last year by a friend, and I told her I’d make her a Josh doll as payment.  (She is one of very few people I know who watches Home and Away, and so *got* the Braxton dolls).

Uncanny, right?



side face


(satin is sooooo hard to stitch...)

(satin is sooooo hard to stitch…)

(It has been pointed out that perhaps he looks more like this fella… You decide!)


The other dolls I made were a commission- my cousin and his girlfriend asked that I make a pair of dolls as a wedding present for friends of theirs who were getting married.

coupleI worked from some photos that I was sent as I haven’t met the couple before.

bride face

The bride’s dress is made from a sample of net curtain from a sample book, and lace trim wrapped around her and stitched together.

bride back

veil detailHer veil is some unbleached muslin held to her hair (head) with beads.

groom face

goom backThe grooms waistcoat and trouser fabric was the only fabric I bought for these dolls; I had everything else.  His shirt is flannel from a baby’s shirt I’d gotten for cents at some point in a charity shop.

handsI made a decision to ditch the individual fingers for these dolls- I made “paws” and stitched in fingers after.  Compare them the Josh above and you can see why I gave up on the individual ones.


I was told that the bride liked yoga and the groom plays in a band so I made props too.

Yoga mat


My doll making skills are getting better, phew.  These two dolls are put together better than any of the others I’ve made- the bride could wear a sleeveless gown with her beautiful shoulders on display.  General consensus seems to be that I got the groom fairly spot on, and the bride isn’t too shabby either.  Woop!


Cushions for Clara and Emma

I made some cushions recently; for Clara and Emma.







PJ superherosThis was a commission; I was told that daddy was a big Superman fan, so if I fancied incorporating this in some way…  I didn’t want to go all-out Superman, so instead I just went superhero.  The buttons were an ebay purchase; I love them!  I didn’t even use them all…



All the fabrics are mostly basic cottons I had in my collection; the Space Police fabric is from a pair of charity shop curtains I bought years ago.  The Care Bears fabric came from a Walmart in Arizona somewhere (or maybe Texas?), and the Dr. Seuss was a present from New Zealand.


Emma’s cushion is a house-warming present- she recently took the plunge and became a home-owner.









emma upclose


labelWhile I like the design, this cushion didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped.  The design on the front is situated too close to the edges, so when the pad is inserted, you don’t see all the detail.  Oh well, live’n’learn.  Love the colours though.

Again, most of the fabrics are basic cottons from my collection. The two on the back are vintage; one is from an old skirt I blogged about before, and the other is from a stash of new polyester and nylon (yum!) sheets and pillowcases I got in Wexford at the sale of the contents of an old drapery.

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(I also got some classy thermals; 85% chlorofibre minimum I’ll have you know- only for best for me;-). Sunny wanted in on the photo action; she knows where it’s at).

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