Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Alphabet Girls, a dollmaking challenge
Molly, Sophie, and Belle; the first Alphabet Girls :-)
A is for Ann, amiable and artistic,
B is for Belle, beautiful and bright,
C is for Charlotte, who crochets charmingly,
D is for Daisy, in denim a delight.
E is for Emma, earnest and engaging,
F is for Flora, fond of her flowers,
G is for Ginny, a gardening Goddess,
H is for Hannah, happy for hours.
I is for Ivy, incredibly intelligent,
J is for Jane, just and joyful,
K is for Kitty, kind and kinetic,
L is for Lucy, loving and loyal.
M is for Molly, merry and mischievous,
N is for Nettie, knitting so neatly,
O is for Olive, obstinate and ornery!
P is for Poppy, personable and pretty.
Q is for Quinn, quiet and quirky,
R is for Ruth, reliable and resourceful,
S is for Sophie, sassy and sweet,
T is for Tansy, trusting and truthful.
U is for Ursula, utterly uninhibited,
V is for Violet, very Victorian,
W is for Wren, winsome and wise,
X is for Xanthe, an X-Ray technician!
Y is for Yvette, who loves yoga and yarn,
Z is for Zinnia, zany and Zen :-)
So, can I make 26 dolls from the Rita pattern on Mimin Dolls blog? All different, with names and characters from the Alphabet poem above?
I have plenty of fabric, plenty of time, and right now, plenty of enthusiasm. Four dolls are already made: Molly, Sophie, and Belle, above, and Daisy, below, who was just finished up this afternoon.
It only takes a day to make a doll; they are quite simple, and so much fun to dive into the fabric stash and pick the materials.
And when they are all done? What to do with 26 sassy, joyful, quirky, amiable dolls? Gift them, donate them, love them :-)
Along the way I'd like to share some tips and techniques that will make your cloth dollmaking experience a joy: how make faces, how to stuff bodies, how to keep from chewing up your fabric in the sewing machine, and anything else I can think of.
Maybe challenge yourself to make some alphabet dolls, with your own favorite pattern, and using your favorite names. Enjoy!