Have I ever mentioned that doll making is fiddly work?

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Well, it is. Particularly when your end project is only 7″ high and hand sewn with button-hinge joints. All of those small details have to be plotted out well and completed with a steady hand — creating a stencil, tracing, cutting, trimming, sewing, stuffing, making up. You can’t rush the work. You can’t do it, unthinking, on a bus or an express train like you can with knitting or crochet. The pieces are small and easily misplaced.

It’s stressful and I was put off from doing it for a long time.

Fortunately, a commission came down the pike and anxiety forced me to take the project one step at a time, spreading each phase out over several days. It transformed it into a meditative experience with a positive end reward.

Stay tuned!

~ by blackmoodcraft on September 19, 2014.

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