At our Young Embroiderers meeting today we thought it would be fun to make dolls taking inspiration from the dolls and creatures made by Julie Arkell.
Julie uses papier mache to create her doll forms and we didn't have time to do that so instead we made armatures from wrapped pipe cleaners and then the girls dressed and decorated them with all sorts of found scraps and bits and pieces. As ever, the results were amazing.
The doll below was made by Jemima and is still a work in progress, but you can see from its fabulous head and fancy pants it is going to be brilliant.
These two were made by Shaan (in the green dress) and Hannah (in the stripy number) and have been named "Bow" and "Buttons"
This beautiful but slightly sad looking lady below was made by Tabby
"Rose" was made by Keziah... our newest and youngest member at only eight years old. Isn't she great!
This trio were made by Francesca, Abigail and Bluebell. Francesca's doll, in the furry boots has been called "Bobby" and Bluebell's colourful lady in her red crown is called "Wacky". The less said about Abigail's rather buxom young lady the better... although as you can imagine it caused great hilarity!
Scarlett's doll started out being based on Lady Gaga but ended up as a Spanish Senorita.
This one below was made by Hannah (we have two Hannahs) and looks very disco in her sequined top.
These three were made by Finola, Skye and Imogen
And last but not least is this fabulous little dog like creature made by Grace. I just love his furry tail and cute little face.
Usually at Young Embroiderers the adult helpers sit and join in making their own version of whatever we might be doing, whilst helping with needle threading etc, but today without exception no-one finished or was happy with what they did. This was not because the girls needed more help than usual - in fact the opposite was true and they just breezed ahead with no preconceptions about getting wrong and as a result created all these wonderful free looking creatures/dolls. But us grown ups - we more more concerned with being neat and getting it right with quite awful results. So if you want a laugh... I'll show you mine...
Who looks remarkably like the Queen... if she were some sort of peasant potato farmer.
I'm glad all the girls did better than this!