Friday, November 25, 2016

White Friday 2016


The Friday after Thanksgiving.  White Friday.  On this day I try make something special for someone; today it was apple gingerbread bars for a dear friend and her oldest daughter :-)  My friend had moved several states away earlier this spring, and this is the first we have seen each other since.  It was great!  The South agrees with her, and our friendship is as deep and true as ever.

After our visit, I began working on these delightful dolls by Hillary Lang.  The pattern is the Make-Along Doll, a very simple and sweet cloth doll with a years worth of wardrobe.  At this point Hillary is at nine patterns and counting up to 12.

The pattern makes a doll 16 inches tall, but this was a bit bigger than I wanted.  It is easy to reduce a pattern, so these dolls, reduced to 60% of the original size, are between 10 and 11 inches tall.  Also, I chose to hand stitch the dolls, instead of machine stitch them.

You notice they are different sizes and proportions.  No change was made to the pattern; this is the result of placing the patterns on the fabric either along the straight grain (parallel to the selvage edge) or on the cross grain (perpendicular to the selvage edge).

Believe it or not, woven fabric has a stretch to it.  If you take your fabric and pull it parallel to the selvage, you will find very little if any stretch.  Pull it perpendicular, and there will be a noticeable stretch to the fabric.   Cloth dolls are stuffed very firmly, and will distort the doll in the direction of maximum stretch.

So, if you want a slender bodied doll, place your doll body pattern pieces perpendicular to the selvage edge.  If you want a shorter and plumper look, place the pieces parallel to the selvage.  There is no right or wrong way, just whatever way you like best!



As you can see, there is a good inch difference in the height of the doll, and the shorter girl has a rounder face and plumper body.  Both are adorable; which do you like best?

I love making patterns from other dollmakers; there is always something new to learn.  Hillary uses a ladder stitch to attach the limbs to the body.  I've used ladder stitching to close openings, but never to attach arms and legs.  I really like the way it looks.  And, she has a unique way of making hair that is worth a try.

So,  I hope your White Friday was a good one.   A gift of handmade is a gift of your time, a piece of yourself, and a very precious offering.

10 comments:

  1. Las dos son preciosas. La expresión de la cara de ambas es muy dulce.

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    1. Gracias a tanta, Isabel; Este es un patrón maravilloso :-)

      con gusto,

      Beth

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  2. Oh, I've been waiting to see how you would interpret Hilary's make along dolls. And from what I see so far, they are coming along nicely. I like the smaller, pudgy doll and want to give her a loving squish. I like the doll shape and have a similar one from a Black Apple free pattern. Except, that pattren's head is separate. I also have the Wee Wonderfuls doll book, which I love looking at. Can't wait to see a little army of these lovelies.

    I spent the day (white Friday) enjoying a bit of hooky love helping Santa.

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    1. I saw your 'planning process' for your next project; love your organized mind :-)

      This is such a fun and simple doll to make...I like the head/torso as one piece, and was glad to find that even this size (10-11 inches) can be reasonably made entirely by hand.

      Thank you, as always, my dear friend.

      warmly,

      Beth

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  3. Beth,

    I sure do like your White Friday idea better than Black Friday! I wish employers would realize that employees have lives too! We have family we'd like to spend an extra day with! Staying home and making something, or hanging with your kids beats shopping any day!!!! Let's start a movement, shall we? After all, we can always shop on Saturday, right?

    - Momma Cat

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    1. Absolutely right, Momma Cat! Spending quality time with family, or just with yourself and some yarn, makes the holiday's much more joyfilled :-)

      Thank you for your good words,

      warmly,

      Beth

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  4. what a grand idea about the Friday after Thanksgiving, White Friday, I love it and am going to remember it and what you do that day. Such kindness and goodness for someone else as well as ourselves. Love your dolls! they are certainly making a comeback. from Iowa , USA

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    1. Thank you for your lovely words, Melody :-) I have been 'white Fridaying' for several years now; it brings me a lot of joy and satisfaction. I hope it does for you as well.

      warmly,

      Beth

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  5. Hi Beth,

    They look great so far! So interesting how the grain makes such a difference!

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    1. You wouldn't think that woven fabric could 'stretch' like it does, but it does! Thank you for the good words :-)

      warmly,

      Beth

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