The doll group I joined had planned an exhibit for the Parkgate Library in North Vancouver. It was an underwater theme and they already had enough mermaids so I volunteered to make a fish. Robin Reid had taught us to paint faces at one of our meetings so I decided this was the time to practice. I loved creating a personality and she became Glory, a very girly fish, who loves bling! My stash had plenty of bling that complimented the fabric that spoke to me. A Purple and blue batik was the start. I sculpted her body from foam, covered it with a thin fibre batting, then shaped the fabric to fit. It was a design that evolved as I went along. Such fun. She is currently on display with the other sea creatures at the library till May 29th.
My latest adventure has been into the world of dolls. I was invited to join a subgroup of the VGFA, The Coast Character Doll group. They were offering a workshop with Nell Burns on Free Motion embroidery and one spot was left. I attended and had a great day honing my skills and learning new things. I decided to formally join the doll makers. Never having made a doll I thought I had better make one so I felt like I belonged! The internet is a bottomless pit of ideas, patterns and advice so I found a pattern and was on my way. The group members steered me to some very informative resources online. My doll became a textile artist, apparently looking like me. I have since learned that this often happens. My stash had lots of appropriate bits so I didn't buy anything. I crocheted her top, stitched her vest and skirt, made her jewelry, booties and stockings and even made her underwear. I had so much fun!