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...


Dawn said...

Too cute, hand felting can be a chore. Visit me for a free doll pattern, see some of my work. or click on my profile and under blog.

Kim said...

Hi Kay Susan,
Thanks for cheering me up, I don't remember how I found you,but I've loved looking at your dolls. What do you do with them when they're completed & do you eat all the sweets to get the shiny paper to use

Kim, Hereford UK

Shashi Nayagam said...

They are so cute. Yes you can hand felt hair onto the heads. I hate sewing too so I felt them onto the head.