Monday, June 18, 2007

Leonard finds a hat

This hat was with a stash of other unusual tiny knitted hats made for me by a girl in Vernon, B. C. My sister met her in a brain injury rehab. group and told me about her knitting. We only corresponded twice and then I lost touch with her. She made me some of the neatest little knitted hats....and so quickly... it took her only a week to do 15!! wish I could find Andrea again!! you can see...Leonard found my stash..and he kinda likes this one.

So... the new Bichon ..tail on now. Don't really know if it is a "he" or a "she" am not putting on any flowers or bows. I will just have some purple, some blue and some pink ready in case. The new owner can decide.

A beautiful sunny day! Heading to the fabric store. Must see what is available in Chinese type brocade ..perhaps some tiny matching prints or lovely colours to go with............ because .......... I have signed up for a challenge at Doll Street called the Song of the Lotus. It is being sponsored by Patti Culea, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Doll Street. She thought that since it is also the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong being returned to the Chinese... we would make it a double commemoration event. There are also other twists... she will be doing a tutorial on making the tiny silk shoes that the women made for themselves when they bound their feet... and we must place a pair in the hands of the doll...and, further..we must specify a certain colour for the whole piece and use it well as do the face with Chiu Chow make-up. Whew! a challenge indeed!!


Aleta said...

Wow!! Now that, is a challenge....a challenge plus!! I already can't wait to see your finished doll. How long does it take you to make a doll...compared to a bear or critter?

Warmest bear hugs, Aleta

BumbleVee said...

Hi Aleta.. tx for stopping by.

The dolls are quite time consuming, but I am still a rookie at them.
It depends on how much they are "embellished" as the ladies like to call it. Say..if I were to stitch individual seed beads on a bodice or sleeves... there would be hours.... and if I do shoes of Apoxy Sculpt; it takes a day to dry and then a second or third application, each taking another day to dry etc.. til I am happy with them..then painting... etc.. the hair can sometimes be a real challenge too.. what to to style it..even cutting it if I dare to try. I suppose the degree of difficulty and detail is the main culprit that takes up so much time. Also.. if I am designing a whole new doll or even just trying to match up is a bit hit and miss to get it right. then of course..the faces.. .love that part .. that is the fun part. Wish I could just do faces and forget the sewing parts! LOL My Serenity fairy doll took me months ..but I don't work on them every day either... sorry this is so long.. but hope it explains a bit for you... and sure hope I can do a worthy entry for the challenge. I think this challenge should produce some great dolls!

Unknown said...

Wow, that sounds like a very detailed doll challenge! I have faith in you though as I do consider you to be an expert doll artist!

Tell Leonard that hat suits him!

BumbleVee said...

Hahahhah.... tx for the vote of confidence better produce hey? Oh, no... pressure's on!!