Saturday, December 16, 2006

A finished Doll

Yeah! I can call myself a doll maker again. It has been so long since I actually finished a doll that I was starting to feel guilty for hanging out on the Dollmakers lists...

I began this topsy-turvy doll ages ago... I made myself finish her this week, in order to get her in the mail to my sister on time for a Christmas gift. DS and her husband adopted 2 children from Russia and brought them home last spring. I thought this doll illustrating the Russian folk tale of Baba Yaga and Vasalisa would be an appropriate gift to welcome my new neice and nephew into the family. I hope they like it.

These photos are absolutely dreadful, I know, but they are the best I could get under the circumstances. I need a bigger light tent for dolls of this size!

Anyway, this is Vasalisa carrying her torch as she goes about her adventures fulfilling tasks set by Baba Yaga. I love her costume, but I wish her face had turned out a little more realistic... my tastes have passed beyond this type of character face, I guess.

The Baba Yaga half of the doll was just a blast to make! HER face pleases me in every way, though I wish I could get sharper details around her eyes. I used colored pencils and perhaps acrylic paints would have been a better choice there...

This is such an unfortunate angle from which to view her face as you can only see the tip of her nose. It would be better to get her in profile where you would be able to tell that her nose extends 3 inches from her face!

This photo gives you a better view of how this doll is put together. (Boy, I really do need a bigger light tent, don't I...)

The pattern is by Melinda Small Patterson of Smallworks. She also has several dragon patterns available, as well as a really cool hand pattern available free at her site. While her patterns are very detailed and time-consuming, they are also extremely well designed, and the instructions are well written and detailed. Anyone who is willing to devote the time and effort to creating one of her designs will be able to make a project to be proud of.


Judi W. said...

This doll is fabulous! Your sister's family is going to LOVE her! Amazing work!

Kai said...

I LOVE the Baba Yaga tales - ALL the various folk legends! These are TREMENDOUS, Judi! And what a surprise those children will get! You ARE a doll maker! You are also a jeweler, a painter, a sculptor, and so much more - PLUS a wonderful person! LOVE your art! And YOU!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Absolutely wonderful dolls. I think they are going to love it.

MaryO said...

She's wonderful, Judi!! I commend you for finishing her. I've had this pattern for ages but haven't had the nerve to attempt it! You've done a remarkable job and I'm sure your sister and her chilren will love it!

Linda said...

Wow Judi! That doll is marvelous! Wonderful work.
Linda F from FL

Fran said...

WOW WOW WOW!! Great job you did making Baba Yaga.
Love & Hugs

tamdoll said...

Wonderful! I made one a long time ago & it took me 6 months to finish it. Great job.

Whimcees said...

You have done a marveous job with this pattern! I love it!

I also have have had this pattern for a long time and have still not finished the doll. I was captivated from the time I first saw it and had to purchase the pattern right away - and now after seeing your finished dolls, I am so motivated to make mine!

Wishing you a great week and lots more dollmaking! "<)

Barbara Diane