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On the Third Day of Christmas: Sharing a Sweet Little Mermaid Doll
Submitted by Pam on Sat, 12/28/2013 - 18:59
On the Third Day of Christmas: Sharing a little Mermaid doll made for Sophia!
Just look at that sweet sweet face!!! You can well imagine it was almost impossible to give her away!
I owe three fabulous women big time for teaching me everything needed to make this little Mermaid:
Joanie at Ninimakes who took me on my very first journey into the world of doll making by sending me her pattern and instructions for making the "Gracie Doll" which you can find here in Stitch Village Collection: Vol 1.
And Jill Hamar author of "Storybook Toys" who created the basic doll pattern used for the top half of the mermaid and shared in amazing and well written detail how to construct a face and attach hair. (Read more about the book here... and be sure to explore her blog bybido)
I followed Jills face pattern and embroidery instructions to the letter. But I just had to add some seaweed to the hair!!!
Trials and tribulations with designing the tail! I believe I created a new species of Mermaid - a 'North Atlantic Wrench Tail Mermaid' - as a result of my efforts at design.
However, my plan to just lightly stuff the fins, create a "hinge" and then stuff the tail very firmly so the tail fins would have movement worked beautifully!
Her little cape is fashioned from Red Heart Sashay Metallic. Doubled and sewn to a ribbon. Very Mermaid-y don't you think?
Can't wait to begin making clothes!!! Sophia is quite good on the sewing machine, so we will be making a wardrobe of outfits together (using patterns supplied in Jill's book) to reflect Sophia's taste not mine.