My latest endevor has been doll-making. The shrinky matryoshkas were tiny, the japanese fabric matties were small, the three sisters were medium and now I've made a large, huggable matryoshka. Let's call her Svetlana. I have a feeling that she has friends. And they're probably on their way to being created very soon.
It took three muslin patterns to get the right shape and size. And by 'the right size' I mean the one that I had in my head. This is how is always goes. It started with my mom thrifting a banker's box full of fabric for $2.00. This fabric was in there. A lot of it. And I love it! (Thanks, Ma.) I just knew what I had to make.
She is about 12 inches in height and 6 inches wide. Her face is made with wool felt from Wool Felt Central and my hand embroidery. Then I added a wool felt flower button to her eyelet scarf and matryo-presto, there she was!
She's very huggable. I should know, because since finishing her, I've smothered her with joyful hugs at least 7 or 8 times. I'm so happy!