Tuesday, October 13, 2015

More Projects

A few days after beginning my adventure in sewing, I thought it would be fun to see if I could make a Raggedy Ann doll.  So I bought a pattern (this one) and started with some fabric I already had - a gold and ivory gingham.  I wouldn't say it was easy, but it wasn't as impossible as I thought.  The directions called for her face to be embroidered, but I couldn't figure out how to do that after she was stitched together, so I painted it instead.  
I was pretty proud of this first little Annie (the one on the left) with her sweet expression and red hair, and was excited to show her off to Mom and Grandmother.  I decided that she might like to live at Mom's house, so I tucked her behind a basket to play a game of hide and seek. ;)
I couldn't wait even 24 hours before starting on the next projects, so Saturday I made this jack-o-lantern.  He's cut from a pattern I drew and made from osnaburg.  I painted and sanded him, then brushed him with Coleen's mixture for aging her "babies" - that recipe is here.

And because I liked the first Raggedy so much, I wanted to try another.  This one is made from osnaburg as well, and aged with Coleen's mixture (recipe above).  Her face, tights, and shoes are also painted, and she's holding a grubby security blanket made from an old floursack towel that's been aged as well. 
 I've had a lot of fun with these projects, but wasn't getting much else done.  Really, the house could have been falling down around me and I wouldn't notice!  So I'm taking a break for a week, then can't wait to get back to work on some more projects swimming around in my head.  We've even got a place in mind to set up the sewing machine on a more permanent basis.  I'm actually looking forward to cold winter days!


Anonymous said...

Well, aren't you just t really "crafty". I had to "google" osnaburg as I did not know what it was. So, I learned something new. I know what you mean about the house falling down around you; when I am reading or now I am into "adult coloring books" I think "Oh, well the mess can be taken care of on another day" and just continue relaxing.

Maria said...

I am about the least crafty person on the planet. I could have used you at my house when my daughter was in grade school and came home with the assignment of producing a covered wagon....

Anonymous said...

I feel so lucky that you chose to give me
your first raggedy doll creation! Thanks!
I smile at her every time I walk by and am
reminded of your love & generosity.

Erin said...

A special raggedy for a special Mama. ;) Love you!