Category Archives: Soft Sculpture

Circles

I finished this doll a little while ago.  She is a version of the Tea Bags doll you can see here.  I didn’t post it as I was busy working on things for the Almonte Fibrefest which was last weekend and Calabogie Artsfest which is coming up on October 15 & 16.

 

Circles Cloth doll

Circles
Cloth doll

 

I named her Circles because her jacket is  a circle and because of the pattern in her dress.  I didn’t have any lace for the bottom of the dress so instead of making an 80 Km round trip to the nearest store I made some using free-motion embroidery and built-in stitches on my sewing machine on water soluble stabilizer. It took longer than the trip to the store but I’m pleased with the result.

Detail of Face

Detail of Face

The face is needle sculpted and painted with chalk pastels.

 

Tea Bags

This is a cloth doll made from recycled components.

Art doll recycled components

Her clothing contains two different brands of tea bags (three different kinds of tea), parts of old jeans (they once were my favourite pair), a kilt and dental floss.  The dental floss was dyed using Bombay Pigmented India Ink and is used for the hair.

Face of TeaBag Art Doll

The skin was painted with watercolours and the face was done with pastel pencils.

The doll was made in response to a challenge  presented by All Dolled Up  doll club.

 

Angela

This year is Raggedy Ann’s 100th birthday.  So to commemorate the event I am making some Raggedy Ann-type dolls.  This is my first attempt.

cloth-doll

 

The face is machine embroidered.

Later this month she will be donated to the Ottawa Fire Department to be given to a child in crisis.

 

Two Forest Sprites

Two new dolls.  These are forest sprites made from the same pattern as the fairy from last week (see here).

Wood sprite with butterfly

Forest Sprite with Butterfly

 

 

 

Wood Sprite with Butterfly

Forest Sprite with Butterfly

 

 

 

 

Off with Their Heads

I’ve been working on a new doll.  I haven’t gotten very far as I’ve been trying to get a certain head shape in cloth.  I’ve done several versions making little changes to each successive model.

 

fibre-art-cloth-heads

Off with Their Heads

 

I partially needle sculpted one – it helps to round out the pointy chin.

 

 

 

I have one more ready to stuff.  I’m hoping it’s the one!

Christmas Trees

I just finished some fabric Christmas Trees for the Art and Craft Sale next weekend.

Fused applique Christmas Trees

Fused applique Christmas Trees

Dancing Tree

Dancing Tree

Fused Applique Christmas Tree

Fused Applique Christmss Tree

Fisher Park Community Recreation Centre

Christmas Craft Show & Sale

Saturday,  December 6,  2014   

   9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

250 Holland Ave., at the Queensway Overpass
Free Admission
Free Parking

Almost There

I have been working on  a couple of dolls since June. Both started out as prototypes in muslin and then various parts were redone a couple more times because they just didn’t look the way I wanted them to.

 

M. Pie in progress

M. Pie in progress

This one has all the pieces done, they just have to be sewn together. Then I ‘ll paint the face and do the hair.

Margo, I’m Not That Close to the Edge

The inspiration for this piece came from a trip my friend, Margo, and I took to the Grand Canyon a few years ago.  We marveled at the awe-inspiring scenery but Margo was concerned about the lack of railings.

woman about to step off a cliff

Margo, I’m Not That Close to the Edge

The “canyon” is made mostly from acrylic modelling paste.

fabric sculpture detail

Detail:  Margo, I’m Not That Close to the Edge

The camera is made from polymer clay and the picture on the back is one of the Grand Canyon taken during that trip.

This sculpture is currently at  the Out of the Box exhibit: Fibre Fling 3 at the Kitchissippi United Church on Island Park Drive, Ottawa.  This is the last time I will be exhibiting this piece  because,   yesterday, it was sold.  It is still on exhibit until the show closes today at 5 P.M.

 

 

 

Seahorse in a Snow Storm

I think this seahorse must be a little cold.

cloth sculpture seahorse

Sydney Seahorse

It has  snowed for 2 days and now it has  turned to  freezing rain.

I usually use rayon thread to  free motion embroider the fins  but this time I used variegated cotton.

Close-up of seahorse head

Blue Eyed Seahorse

I’m looking forward to seeing some of my family for Christmas.

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Ol’ Man Winter

Ol’ Man Winter is a  cloth doll that I made several years ago.

He has a beaded cape, knitted scarf, an icicle (glass) for a staff and needled sculpted wrinkles.

Ol' Man Winter cloth doll

Ol’ Man Winter ready to blow a new winter storm.

I think he us very appropriate for today as it was -25º C when I got up, and  we are supposed to get snow  tonight.

There’s a fire in the wood stove in the basement so it’s quite nice and warm inside.

Ol' Man Winter without his scarf and cape

Ol’ Man Winter without his scarf and cape

Close up of Ol' Man Winter showing his wrinkles

Ol’ Man Winter’s wrinkled face

It’s now up to -22º C ( -29 with the wind chill) so I think it will be a good day to stay inside.

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