I remember when she had trouble choosing her hair colour but everything else has been an easy choice for her. She is full of life, and just can't wait for Spring weather!
We tried to go outside for her photo shoot but being typical Upstate New York weather it was very grey and dreary. I was going to put it off for another day but Julie was just too excited and I didn't want to disappoint her. My husband was very sweet and let me take over the kitchen and turn it into a photo studio. With the white walls and three windows it seemed like the best place. I grabbed some extra lights and we were ready to go.
Julie is 18" tall and is made from a double thick organic cotton interlock and sewn with 100% cotton thread which I use for both the doll and her clothes. She is stuffed full of eco wool from happy wandering sheep with no yucky chemicals.
Her waist length hair is made from an Ultra Alpaca yarn that I first crochet into a wig cap and then hand sew each individual strand to the cap.
Her features are hand embroidered with cotton embroidery floss and her cheeks are blushed with bees wax.
She is wearing a sleeveless dress with a full skirt and a peter pan collar. I found(correction, my daughter found) this beautiful Japanese floral print cotton at a local fabric store.( I like to purchase my fabrics and yarns from local, independently owned shops). It is fastened in back with two buttons and hand smocked at the waistline.
Here is a close up of the smocking.
Julie is modeling her sweater which I knit from a Worsted Merino Superwash yarn. I crocheted her Mary Janes and headband to match.
The headband ties in the back and can also be used to put her hair in a pony tail.
She is also wearing a pair of white cotton bloomers with a little blue bow.
I used a pair of vintage buttons to fasten her shoes, and a matching one in a slightly larger size for her sweater.
Julie is looking forward to finding her forever home. She has been a delight to make and has lots of love to share.
She will be available for adoption through my etsy shop tomorrow morning 3/26 at 9:00 am eastern standard time♥
The bunnies are hand stitched and embroidered by me. I use a merino blend wool and stuff with eco wool (which means it hasn't been treated with yucky chemicals) The bunnies are about 7.5 inches to the tops of there ears and Mrs. Bunny has her cheeks lightly blushed with bees wax.
My daughter and I took Julie out to shop for fabric for her dress. It didn't take long. My daughter saw this floral print and Julie just loved it! Deciding on a pattern is taking a little longer. Before we found the fabric I had an idea. But I wasn't sure it would work with the floral print. So I drew up a new pattern and made up a mock out of muslin, but it just wasn't her style. So I'm going ahead with the first plan. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
Here is Julie. She was all made up and it was time to start work on her hair. She was very excited to be able to go out and choose her own hair colour. The whole way there she was asking should I be a blonde or a brunette. I guess I should have realized then that she was going to have a hard time making decisions.
After about 45 minutes at the store she narrowed down her choices. She chose to be a blonde but then couldn't decide on the shade.
It was getting late so I told her we could bring both of them home and decide which was her favourite later.
She was quite happy. But when we got home she just couldn't sit still. She looked at the yarn in different rooms to see if the lighting made a difference. Then she preceded to put the yarn on her head and ask everyone in the house what they thought.
First the light one.
Then the darker shade.
Then she remembered something.
She had seen pictures of Angelina's hair and thought maybe combining the two shades would work.
While she was in the dolly workshop she stumbled across a third shade of yarn and tried all three together.
What a dilemma!
Julie would like to know what you think.
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I have always been amazed at the process of taking fibers and turning them into yarn. I did have a chance to try using a drop spindle when I was working on a project in Mexico many, many years ago. There was a women on the project who was working with the spindle whorls that were found at the site. They were really beautiful.
I wish I had some pictures of them. The pictures above are from a different Aztec site but look similar. They are made out of clay and came in all different sizes the smallest for cotton and the large ones were for maguey fibers which come from a cactus. We were so interested in how they worked. The women ( I can't remember her name :( but she was very nice) gave us a demonstration and then let us all try. Some of the ladies took to it right away. I was not one of them. The cotton kept breaking and I couldn't get a good spin going. I figured it was just not my thing and moved on.
Now many, many, years later I've decided to give it another try. For Christmas I got a drop spindle and some wool fiber. I think wool is much more forgiving than cotton. I also got the book Respect the Spindle
. I thought it was a very good book for a begginer, I was able to start spinning the same day.
At the top of the blog you can see my very first single ply yarn. I did end up double plying it in the Andean style. Here it is after it has been washed and set.
I still need to work on getting it even and it turned out chunkier than I thought it would but it's usable and that makes me happy :) !
Angelina is the other 18" doll I made as a custom order at Christmas. It was requested that she have blue eyes, sunset coloured hair and freckles. She is made from organic cotton interlock and stuffed with warm and cozy wool. Her face is hand embroidered with cotton embroidery floss and her cheeks have been blushed with a bit of bees wax.
Origianally I had planned on using Malbrigo's Rios in Sunset for her hair. The same yarn I used for Ella (who is at the top of my blog). But when I went to buy it they were all out. I went around to the other yarn stores in my area and they were all out to. One shop said that they have had it on back order for 3 months. So I figured I would have to come up with a different idea.
I'm actually glad they were out because it made me try something I haven't done before. I blended 3 different yarns to make her hair.
The medium colour and the highlights are Cascade's Super Wash and the low lights are what I had left of the Malbrigo's Rios. I really love how it turned out and I will do more blending in the future.
Angelina is modeling the dress I designed for her. It is 100% cotton with a full skirt and a Peter Pan collar. The back is closed with a hook and eye and has a satin tie at the waist to make a bow in the back. I wish I would have taken a picture of her from the back.
I have always wanted to try smocking and she really seemed like she needed a smocked dress. I hand gathered the fabric before I started the smocking. It was a nice process, kind of soothing like knitting. I liked it so much I did more smocking on the dress for my next doll Anna. And I have a feeling there will be more smocking coming up!
Angelina's sweater is knit from Cascade's 220 Superwash. I had the yarn for the sweater before I bought the material for the dress and when I saw the little dots of the same aqua blue I knew it would be perfect.