Monthly Archives: February 2012

Two Versions of a New Thread Tangle

Here is another thread tangle. After I stitched this one out I decided to remove the outline stitching around the individual areas before doing another version.

Because of the lightness of the thread colour in the face there was not enough definition between the features so I added some of the outline stitched in by hand in a rust colour.


This is the beginning of my latest watercolour of a rhinoceros.  It was done using a controlled wet on wet method.  Specific areas were saturated with clean water and then colour was added to the water.  The colour spreads only where the paper is wet.

I used a picture I had taken at the London Zoo and used more interesting colours than what was in the photo. Playing around with colours is so much fun.

Here is the (maybe) final result.


All parts of this doll are machine embroidered. She has beaded hair, as well as beads at the neck and waist.


Making Trim and Fabric with a Sewing Machine

I use very narrow trim for my dolls.  It can be  very hard to find trim in the size and colour I need.  I frequently make my own trim using a sewing machine, water soluble stabilizer and thread.

Most sewing machines have a range of stitches that can be used to make a grid of threads that will form the basis of the trim.

On the left of the picture you can see the first stitch I used.  Any stitch that goes from one side to the other will work. You can use a zig zag stitch if  that is all you have.  I then used lines of straight stitches on the each side and  2 rows through the centre of the first row of stitches.

Once the grid was established, I used contrasting thread colours and sewed different decorative stitches over the grid. When I was finished I washed out the water soluble stabilizer and dried the pieces between 2 layers of a cotton towel.

I sometimes also make fabric with the sewing machine.  I did this for Sherry so that the colour of the fabric will exactly match tthe embroidered stump.

This piece is a rectangle but you can make specific shapes that will allow you to make clothes with no seam allowance when you ladder stitch the seams together.

After drawing the shape you want (green line) on water soluble stabilizer, use straight stitches  sewn close together  from one side to the other.

Then turn the piece around and sew straight stitches perpendicular to the first set. When you have finished, wash out the stabilizer and dry your fabric.

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