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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:46 pm    Post subject: BeaBea Reply with quote

March has gone and the blue sweater is not done. In fact it all got frogged again after I made a second and quite successful attempt at the yoke part. I still did not like it, the neckline was too high.
Now it has been set aside.
I did finish the bobbin lace project, at least the lace part is done. I am looking for some suitable fabric to turn it into a little table cloth with lace border.
My plan for April:
Probably not much knitting at all since I have several other things in the making that need to be finished.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as we're doing something that we enjoy - it doesn't matter what hobby we pursue. You'll enjoy your knitting a bit more when you get back to it
That was advice given to me in the parlour - and it works Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I think I am taking a little knitting break.
Currently I am sewing another doll dress for a doll I sold to a friend. Her granddaughter's birthday is coming up soon. I had not sewn a doll dress in some time and it took me several tries for the first piece, which is now finished and looking pretty. One more to go now.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The doll dress is done. I made the doll several years ago but the poor thing never had a dress before, she lived in a box in her underwear. I am so happy that she will go to a new home and will be a little girl's doll.



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cute doll and cute dress too.
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hils
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She looks very pretty - I'm sure she'll be much appreciated
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorgeous work. You made the doll?! Wow!

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. Yes, I made the doll, too. I have plaster molds, cast liquid porcelain, let dry, clean and polish green-ware (unfired porcelain), fire in kiln, sand and polish again, paint, fire again, sometimes twice. Then I make the body parts and armature (so the doll can be posed), stuff body and attach porcelain parts, then sew the clothes, glue on eyelashes and wig, find suitable socks and shoes.
I used to make and sell quite a few about twenty five years ago, then the bottom fell out of the doll market - too many cheap imports from overseas.
Now I am fixing up the remainder of my production dolls along with my own doll collection (antique dolls) and have started selling them off.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I didn't realise you made the doll. I've never heard of anyone doing that.
Sounds really interesting. The cheap imports won't be a patch on yours I'm sure - but that's life these days.
I'm sure you'll enjoy working on fixing up your dolls. Hope your selling goes well.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

She's lovely.
Is it difficult getting the face right? Hers is very sweet. I used to know a lady who made dolls. She dressed them in lovely outfits and often sporting or Christmas or 'Occasion' outfits and really they were collectors items rather than a toy.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am seriously impressed with you BeaBea. The doll is lovely. You are an artiste.

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BeaBea
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yvonne,
Thank you. I have several molds by the same sculptor, I just like the faces.
The original artist, the person who actually sculpted the doll, made plaster molds from the original doll and sold those. I bought a collection of molds and cast the doll heads and parts from these molds, so the shape of the face comes out the same every time. What does make a difference is the way the fired porcelain parts get painted. It is almost like putting on make up and can change the look of the face a lot.

Thank you Judy, you are almost making me blush.

It is still April and now I am back on knitting the blue sweater. I knitted the lower parts of the back, front and two sleeves.
The plan is to take all stitches onto a large circular needle and knit the yoke with the lace insets bottom up by hand. I hope that this way I can better control the size of the neck opening.
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BeaBea
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished the blue sweater, took less than a week with this last attempt and I am happy with it.
Pictures in the other thread.
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