Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Out of my comfort zone
After making several clothespeg dolls, which are great fun (and there are many more in my future), I got an itch to try something different. There are dollmaking techniques that seem far beyond my ability: making a porcelain doll from scratch, carving a doll from wood, creating a resin BJD with all the joints. Some of these techniques require a financial investment that is simply beyond me, especially to find out it isn't something I want to pursue.
But carving a doll from wood; what do you need? Some wood to carve, some carving knives, and hopefully some help from those who know how to do this. Enter Judy Brown's 'No Excuses' Hitty carving kit. It contained the blank (on the left looking a bit like a robot from the 1950's), the knives (Warren whittling interchangeable knives), and that all important ingredient, instructions!
My kit arrived last Tuesday, and for the rest of the week in the afternoons, and some on Sunday, I've been whittling away to make a presentable Hitty. If you are unfamiliar with this remarkable doll and her adventures, you can find some of her history here:
Hitty from Wikipedia
Judy Brown's Hitty
Other Hitty Resources
The original Hitty
Hittygirls yahoo group
I was inspired by one of my Flickr friends, Lorraine, watching her turn a blank into a sweet little doll, and I knew I had to give this a try. Thank you, Lorraine!
The pins are in place to make sure of the fit.
Unfortunately the light in my work room was not the same on the two days I took these pictures. On the left she has not been antiqued; on the right she has.
Having never carved a doll before, I'm amazed to have gotten this far :-) As with any first doll, there are things that can be improved; her arms should be more slender and her shoulders less broad. Same for her hips. But, I am pleased, and she is very dear to me.
Now to make her some clothing of her very own!