I am enjoying the process of doll making more than ever.
Every once in awhile I get a chance to work for a few hours solid, without interruptions from the children or chores. That is when I can pay attention to the work and it is its most satisfying.
I can notice small details and take time to appreciate them. I can study how my own hands have aged and are starting to look like the hands that cared for me when I was young. That feels... right somehow.
The work becomes a bit of play, when I can adjust details, positions, and fuss over it all. With no one around to ask the opinion of, a little bit more of me goes into it.
The pattern for this doll is the Miranda doll from Jan Horrox's Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls. The arms have been modified, due to necessity more than desire.
It's probably the most realistic form I've made thus far. The creepy factor, inherent in all doll making, was especially strong.
There is another style of joints I want to try before I send Horrox's book back to the interlibrary loan people. For those who enjoy the recommendations, I would recommend the book for the three patterns she provides. I didn't try out any of Horrox's style techniques, the hair, face paint and clothes, but if you would like to try her style, she has all the details for you.
I am looking for realistic figure doll patterns if anyone has a recommendation for me. I like to try them out, see how they work and what doesn't work. It's my doll making education.