Thursday, 5 June 2008


I wasn't really happy with the face for the Merbabies. I wanted it to be more wide-eyed and child-like, and a bit fishy! So I drafted a new face.

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These are cloth dolls with handpainted faces and knitted wigs. The head and arms are polyester suede. The fabric for the bodies is machine quilted onto a synthetic washing up cloth with a layer of sweet wrappers or shiny fabrics beneath, to give a soft sheen rather than a sparkle. The bodies are hand embroidered and embellished with beads, sequins and resin shells. I'm currently experimenting with methods for hand felting the hair to the head, because I hate sewing it on!

I really enjoyed making these...