Friday 29 January 2021

Watercolours, Topsy Turvy Doll, Fabric Design

Doodlewash Watercolour Challenge




Topsy Turvy Doll
I've been wanting to make one of these dolls for a while. I was going to make my own pattern but then I saw some on Etsy and decided to buy one. I'm not that good at following patterns so I had problems all the way. Having said that the instructions were not that good, quite confusing at times. She has an unusual shaped head for a rag doll and together with my cutting out, stitching and stuffing the shape was even more unusual. I also decided to paint on her features instead of embroidery. This didn't go well and one head ended up really messy so I decided to make her into Cinders and have a patchy and grubby dress. She looked a lot better after her hair was put on but her features could be better. She was supposed to have a smart dress one side and housecoat on the other, I made the housecoat into the patchy dress with added 'dirt'. It was really hard sewing puff sleeves into the dress. I used fabrics and wool I'd already got. How do people sew really small fiddly things? I may make another tospy turvy doll in the future but I don't think I'll be using this pattern even though I quite like her now.

I've entered a design contest at Spoonflower this week, yellow and gray challenge. Anyone can vote for their favourites by visiting the Spoonflower site.

I'm linking with Paint Party Friday



  1. Lovely pieces today, such nice work, including the doll.

  2. Love your watercolour paintings. Great dolls as well. Have a great day. Anesha

  3. Love your artwork and your doll creation is awesome

    Moment by Moment ~

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  4. Gorgeous art Lin. Thanks for dropping by my blog today


  5. The doll is wonderfully sewn and turning it around is great!
    Your pictures have also turned out very beautiful and especially with the sea view!
    Have a beautiful weekend, hug Elke

  6. What a great Topsy Turvy Doll. I am sure the pattern must have been confusing, but the result is great. I love Cinder's patched dress, as well as Cinderella's ball gown.

  7. I love cloth dolls. Happy PFF
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  8. Fabulous art and I love the doll! Have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

  9. Your dolls are really sweet and I love your painted door!!! :)

  10. Your watercolors are just gorgeous. The doll is very cool. Have a great day.

  11. That door is amazing.
    I haven't made nor hold a doll for years :)

  12. love your paintings :) Probebly the first time I have seen a rocket painted :) I remember the "double" dolls. They were quite fun.

  13. Your paintings are wonderful!! Such fun dolls!


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