Have you read my blog about making Whimsical Heart Book Marks? That is where I got the inspiration for making dolls using the wooden hearts as faces.
I turned to my friend Pat to work on this project. She is an experienced sewist and quilter.
She volunteers for Quilts For Kids, a national organization that makes quilts for children in need.
She also participates in the Saint John's Lutheran Women's Commmunity Outreach at our church to make quilts that are donated to Lutheran World Relief.
I showed her the heart book marks and we did some brainstorming together. I wanted to make a doll that incorporated sewing, crochet, and the heart faces. Together we came up with a prototype pattern that we worked on over the last couple of weeks. You may have seen some video and photo posts about it on Instagram or Facebook.
The doll is called FolkHeart because we designed it with materials that we had available locally and we did not focus on getting it perfect. We weren't doll artists we just took the ideas we had and combined our skills to make something together.
Today, I'm sharing the steps we took to create four dolls.
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Follow instructions in the blog post Make Whimsical Wood Heart Book Marks For Your Valentine to make your doll faces. I used the Glass Cabochon Eyes for our dolls.
I crocheted the arms for the doll body using the simple pattern below.
Pattern for Left and Right Arm
Chain 12 Turn
Double Crochet in second chain from hook and each chain. Tie Off.
The arms will be sewn into the body of the doll once the body is sewn.
Doll Body Pattern Template
A = Front
B & C = Right and Left Back
Line in center of B & C is cut in two halves for the back.
Trace the Pattern onto the Dull Side of Freezer Paper Following the Solid Lines on the Template.
Note: You will be sewing with a 1/4 inch seam allowance around the pattern.
Cut the Pattern from the Freezer Paper along the Solid Lines.
Press Fabric On To Dull Side of Freezer Paper.
Cut the fabric out along the Solid Lines of the freezer paper.
****Make sure to Add 1/4 inch along the straight edge of pieces "B & C" before cutting the Pattern on the fabric.****
Cut Out Center Heart From "A" leaving a quarter inch for placement of wooden heart face. *See Photo Below*
Then remove the freezer paper from the back of the fabric as shown in the video "Sewing a Folk Art Doll".
Sew material cut out for "B & C" of pattern together leaving a 3 inch opening for stuffing.
Sew A (Front) to B & C (Back) You will be sewing the right sides of the material together as shown in the photo and video.
Sew Crocheted Arms in to left and right side of the body.
Glue Wooden Face in the opening of the heart using Contact Cement.
Stuff Doll through opening in back with polyfill
Close the 3 inch opening in the back by hand sewing.
Use ribbon and embellishments that you have handy to decorate your FolkHeart Doll.
I loved spending time with Pat learning how she sews and combining different mediums together to make something unique. We had to keep reminding ourselves that it does not have to be perfect. It's Folk Art and that gives us permission to experiment and learn as we go along.
We bounced ideas off each other and when we encountered a problem; we looked for solutions together. We also found time to share stories and get to know each other better while we were creating.
If you feel like your creative juices are hibernating at the moment; try inviting a friend to create something with you. I highly recommend it! Make sure to take photos of the work in progress to share.
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Last summer I found this adorable free amigurumi pattern for Bonbon Bears in an AllAboutAmi blog post. I saved a Pin for the pattern on my Teddy Bear Pinterest Board in hopes I would have some time to make it in the future.
It was raining last weekend and I finally had some time to crochet so I created my own Bonbon Bears with the pattern I had saved.
I'm not an expert crocheter; so I was thrilled to have step by step easy to follow instructions and a project I could finish in one sitting. The bears fit in my hand and required small amounts of yarn so I was able to use yarn left over from other projects.
I have access to so many wonderful safety eyes and noses at GlassEyesOnLine so I was able to get creative. My Saint Paddy's Day Bear is wearing a green shamrock bow over her ear. She has 6mm White Round Plastic Safety Eyes and 6mm Brown Triangle Shape Safety Nose. I chose a 5mm Pink Oval Safety Nose for her belly button.
I had some yarn in my favorite color to make this Heart Bear for my Valentine, Jerry. He is holding this precious bear in his hands. My Heart Bear has a 6mm Pink Safety Heart and a colorful belly out of some material with purple hearts.
I followed Stephanie's pattern; but I secured the safety eyes and noses in place where I wanted them to be located before stuffing and closing up the head and body.
Did you read my last blog post about making Whimsical Heart Book Marks? That is where I got the inspiration for making dolls using the wooden hearts as faces. I purchased the wooden hearts from a local craft shop. After penciling in my designs; I used the wood burning tool to make the eye lids and mouth. Then I glued the 10mm Glass Cabochon Eyes in place.
I did some brainstorming with my friend Pat. She is an experienced sewer with a license plate that reads "IQUILT2" We came up with some ideas for a folk art doll that would have the wooden heart faces and a fabric body and crochet arms.
We worked on the prototype doll today. Get a Sneak Peak of part of the project below. We're tweaking the pattern now and adding some finishing touches. Look for the finished doll and pattern to be shared with you soon!
Last week Irene shared her creative work with
Pyrography, Photography and Twenty20.
This week Irene shares these Whimsical Heart Book Marks that she designed and created. Read on to see how she does it and learn more about Pyrography and Wood Working.
Heart Shaped Wood Cut Outs (3 inch by 3 and 1/2 inch)
Wood Burning Tool (available at craft stores)
Ribbon 1/8 inch
Burlap Ribbon (3 inch) (You can substitute with fabric)
Cabochon Eyes (size 10mm)
Pencil in your Design, Drawing, Words. You can also personalize with initials for your Valentine!
Irene traces over her penciled in design using the wood burning tool
Irene wanted to drill holes to set the eyes into the heart.
Jerry set her up with his drill press and gave her some pointers on using it to drill holes for the eyes that were the same depth.
Video by WoodWorkWeb
Jerry also suggested Irene use a block of wood under the wood heart that she was drilling a hole through to thread her ribbon bookmark. This would prevent the back of the wood heart from splintering outward as the drill exited the back of wood.
F-Series Cabochons are glued into the holes that Irene drilled for eyes. You can also skip this step and glue the eyes on the top of the wood.
Ribbon is fed through the top hole of the completed heart. Burlap with Lace Trim is folded over and glued between the ribbon for completed Book Marks.
This Heart has the cabochon eyes glued on top of the wood with eye lashes burned into the wood. I chose this fabric to be used to sew a book mark.
Hmmm .. I wonder if we could make a doll with this??
A dear friend of ours from Bad-homurg, Germany visited us over the holidays. Irene Krenn recalls arriving in the United States on Dec. 28, 1994. She has lived in Delaware ever since that day.
Irene likes arts and crafts and is not afraid to try new and different mediums. She has worked with Drawing, Painting, Wood Carving, Photography and Pyrography.
She introduced me to Christstollen; a fruit bread eaten during the Christmas season in Germany. We enjoyed it with coffee while she shared photos of her creations and talked about the different art and craft mediums she has used.
Irene learned how to knit before she went to school.
"My mom taught me. Mom also showed me how to crochet. I started Drawing pictures of people with any pencils I could find."
Then Irene discovered Photography. She recalled picking up a point and shoot camera and capturing images in different lights. She began working in a camera shop and photography studio in Germany to learn more about various aspects of the craft.
When she moved to the United States, Irene continued working in a photo lab and camera shop. She used 35mm cameras and started collecting vintage cameras.
"I collected Leica, Retina, and medium format cameras."
Irene would get inspired to pick up drawing again and again.
"I get an idea in my head that won't go away. It keeps growing and developing details until I do something with it."
That is how Irene got started with Pyrography.
"For months I had an idea I wanted to burn a drawing on wood. I bought pine and made a drawing of an elephant on it. Then I purchased a cheap burning tool from Michaels. Here is a photo of My first Pyrography. The Tree of Life."
"For my first attempt at wood burning, I used pine. That is the worst wood to use for pyrography. Poplar and Bass are much easier to use and available at craft stores. I also started burning on rice paper. Here is the Angel I made."
"The next thing I want to do is try burning on leather. I also started carving with a dremel tool and want to get more deeply in carving with different tools."
Irene had never heard of needle felting until she received a needle felting kit for Christmas. She completed a Teddy Bear and created a few other felted animals.
Irene tells me that she gets ideas and inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram. She does not have a website or sell her creations online. She takes special orders from friends and acquaintances.
Irene recently discovered Twenty20 a mobile photography marketplace and community for photographers. She posts her photos as @Enerry27 in open competitions. She is also able to sell her photos on this app. I'm currently checking out this mobile app because I also work with photography and want to learn more about how it works.
Next week Irene is going to show us step by step how she made these Book Marks for Valentines Day. It's a great project for getting started with Pyrography.
I realized through our time together that Irene just does it. She takes the idea and fearlessly uses different mediums as she creates. She's learning how to do it as part of the creative process.