Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Elepant Finished TaDa! Updated

I will finished another UNFO= Unfinished Objects
This is for my new Grand Daughter McKenna, She is 4 months old already.
I can't really say I am happy with how it turned out, She is only 9" inches from the bottom of her feet to the tip of his hat and only 6 3/4" My husband thinks she is to small, I am happy with myself though, I think she is made  very well, That means a lot to myself :)
click to enlarge pictures

I am making this one which I have already started and my best critic my husband really loves this one..
Miss Ellie pattern by Brenda Jett Sanker

SADLY Brenda has decided not to sell her e-patterns any more, I am soooo sorry about this ,
Miss Ellie is the only e-pattern I have by Brenda, I am so very Thankful to have at least this one, and Hope she will reconsider  creating her e-patterns once again
  http://www.brendajettsanker.com/p/blog-page_21.html

I have a good start on Miss Ellie as I had to set her aside to create Fall items, Her head is round and stuffed , all her body, arms and legs are sewn and ready to be stuffed , I believe Miss Ellie will be at least 24 inches...So here goes
  


 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Ya'll !!

Even though the temperatures say 99 here in Florida, The calendar says today is the first day of "Fall" My favorite season ! I am still working on my two Pilgrims
Had to stop , I thought for sure in my stash I had grey fabric, But will have to go to Joann's this week end, yay! The dolls above are the Pilgrims, Little Boy Doll, and a EFA doll.

Also today I am going to finish this sweet Elephant for our new grand daughter, Pattern is by
FruitfullHands https://www.etsy.com/listing/466663403/cloth-doll-e-pattern-a-cute-little-baby?ref=shop_home_active_6
  He is only 9 inches, But will be adorable!
The Elephants clothes shown are inside out, but they are bright blue and white Polk a dots,I wanted to her in pink, but the baby's Mom doesn't want pink, So I found this adorable blue and white fabric!! 

One more thing , I love sitting on the porch when cool enough, Or sitting with my sweet hubby watching TV or Movie, But LOVE doing hand work, So thought I would give Needle Punch a try. I am brand new to this  so I bought two different brands of needles 
 Since I have no idea what I am doing, I bought these two needles,
I also bought a kit, Because again not knowing what I am doing, I thought a kit was the best way for me to go, Because it has the thread and stamped on cloth pattern.
I think This will be a fun thing to do as sitting with hubby or even in the car as we travel .It is always exciting to try some thing new ! 
Hope all have a great day!!! HAPPY FALL!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Looking at Edith Flack Ackley Dolls

 If you’re  interested in vintage rendition of YesterYear, In the 30s and early  40s, type of cloth dolls, dolls, I LOVE  Edith Flack Ackley.  She wrote several awesome books, which I am so Thankful and Happy to own them all, I love just even holding them to think I am holding  a book from the early 1930's when history was in a depression, Yet this doll maker gave hope to Mothers for their own children, Christmas or any celebration!
 Edith Flack Ackley created lots of patterns .
I just did a search on Pinterest;   for “Edith Flack Ackley” and you will find a lot of inspiration!! 
It helps me to  "Visualize" the different hair styles, I want to stay as authentic as possible,
This doll below I made for my daughter , Her name is Bell, I dressed her in the Civil War period. The doll I created in these pictures I used Edith Flack Ackley pattern from her book “Dolls to Make for Fun and Profit”
 
 I found a free pattern: to make "Little Girl Doll" By Edith Flack Ackley  here:
  http://ufdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ackley-pattern.pdf



Monday, September 05, 2016

What is in the works now

I am happy to say "I am on a roll" and feels soooo good, I belong to a online group called Vintage Cloth Dolls, They had in August a challenge called "UFDS" Well I joined in, UNFD =Unfinished dolls, I have a large tote with several UFDS and , I  challenged my self to finish not just one but two.
and I did it !
So now I am challenging my self to finish my Pilgrims I cut out  over five years ago, I love Thanksgiving. and it seems Thanksgiving has gotten a bad rap, Just kind of brushed under the rug so to speak , The stores go from Halloween right in to Christmas, Not giving "Thanksgiving much thought. So My challenge to my self  is to finish these Pilgrims  for Thanksgiving Decor! The pattern is by Sweet Meadows Farm.This is the cover of the pattern

Now as you can see starting to stuff their body's and arms, legs, So I begin , They will be a pair !
Man and a Woman Pilgrim ! I plan to keep blogging their creating journey !

Saturday, September 03, 2016

"Happy"

I would like to introduce you to "Happy" He is my rendition of a pattern by Frowning Francis.

He is completely  hand made by me, SympleTymes Cloth Art By Sherrie Nordgren,

Happy is 13 inches painted Fabric Body, Hand painted eyes . Blushed cheeks .Holds the cutest Pumpkin in his hand. 
Happy is  mummified using stiffened Cheese Cloth, I have sewn a ribbon on his back so you can hang him if you would like to.
He is sealed and will last for many years to come.
I will be placing"Happy" on SympleTymes Etsy , Later this evening, Thank You for looking and coming by!!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SympleTymes 






Thursday, August 11, 2016

IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR !!

No matter what the temperatures say. Just thinking about Fall, Colors, Crisp nippy clean air, Leaves every thing that makes you feel so good is coming, That means it is way time to do our creating of Fall items,

I want to show case on of my favorite designers Kat Less. For 20 yrs plus she has held 
my hand and heard my tears,Lead me through on the phone saying "You Can Do It" Yet she is also my critic. Which I love her for. She says the truth. Not candy to make me feel better...  She has been  and still is a great mentor of mine,

I want to share with you one of her awesome creations , That is a e-pattern, I have this pattern and have seen in person this totally awesome "Halloween Spider Coach" The pictures just do not to it justice . This e-pattern in a total class. You will learn so many exciting and new techniques, It just blows me away.

I only show case some one or creation(They usually don't know I am sharing them /their creations)  when it touches my heart deeply. Makes you just shake your head and suck in your breath and you find your self saying out loud, Whoa, I wish I could do that whoa..

Well you can if you just jump out of your box , take the ole plunge ! No matter who the designer is ,Stay in touch personally with them, Remember the designer wants you to. They want to help and see you succeed.   

 The Halloween Spider Coach Class includes SEVEN LESSONS in all with step by step detailed instructions and tons of photographs to go by. 
 Be sure to click on pictures to enlarge them.
Lesson One - Creating the Base of the Spider Coach.
Lesson Two - Creating the Pumpkin Coach.
Lesson Three - Creating the Cushion
Lesson Four - Creating "AVRIL" the Witch.
Lesson Five - Painting and dressing Avril.
Lesson Six - Creating "Alfonso" the Cat.
Lesson Seven - Finishing the "Spider Coach" and all its fun accessories.

You will be using paper clay, modeling paste, needle sculpting face, costuming, dry brushing, antiquing, carving the pumpkin,using metallic s, tufting, and more.

 Go and see more information at


DesignsByKat

 https://www.etsy.com/listing/65007196/halloween-spider-coach-class-cd?ref=shop_home_active_18

New issue of P.F.A.T.T. is out!!!

New issue of P.F.A.T.T. is out!!!
Come and see all the totally awesome artist art work, 
Grab a cup or glass of your favorite
and just see and enjoy and even drool, The talent is just amazing!!! 
Be sure to check out their  celebration of 14-years of the PFATT Marketplace,
They are giving away 3 pieces of art each month through December.
There is no cost or obligation.
Just click on the P.F.A.T.T. Marketplace Give Away banner  for the details!

Enjoy !!! Sherrie

 



Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Little Face Tutorial

I in no way claim to create  good faces, But I am trying hard, I just keep practicing as much as I can. In September I will finally have more time to get back to  practicing, practicing, practicing,
 In this tutorial I am using chalk, I find chalk so for giving, allowing for softer faces, Blending is much easier for me.
I light pencil draw the face on. Taking a cotton swab I start with white, filling in the circle of the eye.
 Here I have added my chosen color which is Blue, But do not be afraid of other colors like green, even purple they turn out wonderfully.
Now I have added the pupil .

 Now I am starting my shading around the eye. With a clean cotton swab I used burnt brown chalk lightly started shading.Building is the key. I also start my shadowing at this time for her nose and mouth.

as you can see I have added the dot of white, This dot I did use acrylic white paint, This  gives life, light to the eye,I wanted it to stand out sharply, This is the reason for using  acrylic white paint

Now using real blush to apply to her cheeks
Don't be afraid, I put the blush on more heavily than I normally would, So it would show up on camera, Take a piece of soft cloth and rub/blend the blush in to the doll's face to the point that your happy with the look of the blush. The left side of her face I am showing how blending with the soft cloth is soften and blends the blush.The right side I haven't blended yet.
I used red chalk on her lips with a dot of 
acrylic white paint to give a spark of life.

Try to visualize her dressed and with hair ! Now go out side using Krylon mat spray, Spray her face, I usually use two coats, being sure drying time in between.