Archive for December, 2021

Waxed Canvas Totes

December 28th, 2021 No comments

Mr. Noile had a favorite waxed canvas coat for a long time, and I bought a more rarefied waxed canvas coat myself a few years ago. I’d never sewn with the fabric, though, so making these bags was a new experience.

I’m not alone in loving the look of classic waxed canvas; it’s a bit like aged leather, without necessitating the murder of animals.

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Weighted Dolls: Part Three

December 21st, 2021 No comments

Once I had proof-of-concept for the body pattern for my weighted dolls, and (possibly even more importantly) proof-of concept (and proof of execution) for the faces, it was time to make the actual dolls.

The first step was to choose fleece for the external cover. This was more difficult than I expected.

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Weighted Dolls: Part Two

December 14th, 2021 No comments

The path to my doll’s faces was not a simple one, but in the end I found some kind of resolution.

The machine I intended to use to make them ended up in repair — specialist repair, far away — and, in any case, I hadn’t been very confident that I’d be able to produce anything acceptable without any previous experience with machine embroidery or a dedicated embroidery machine.

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Weighted Dolls: Part One

December 9th, 2021 No comments

For the past few years, I’ve donated goods, of one kind or another, to a county nursing home. Last year I made tactile/fidget quilts, but this year decided to do something different.

Originally I thought I’d make bears, but soon realized that I didn’t have the wherewithal to manage anything quite that complex in this, Our Second Year of Covid. I decided that simple dolls made more sense, and started by drawing a face template.

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