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The fabric skirts and belts are cut out and ready to assemble

Lordy, I’m awful at this.

Currently I am knee-deep in prepping Christmas inventory for my Etsy store and any possible craft fairs I might weasel my way into. This involves finishing half-done projects as well as putting together new ones I know will sell. A normal person would probably tackle the incompletes first. Me, I’m not exactly normal. I started my new projects knowing that I risk having more incomplete ones by showtime.  It seems that when I went over my existing inventory I discovered I had a good fifty completed pieces that weren’t listed in my Etsy shop.  I’d add a dozen more if I finished my half-baked items.

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I can't call these "muffs" without giggling, so they are officially "hand warmers." I originally planned on using fluffy yarn to embellish them (on the left up there) but it didn't look right.

I added to my challenge by attempting to take pictures of all the steps in my process. Will I do one post or several? What would be more interesting? As time went on I realized I wasn’t terribly consistent in my picture-taking and ended up missing more interesting details. Sure, I got some good shots of major milestones, but I was really hoping to post a more thorough account of the project from start to finish.

Did I want to share my design secrets with the internet? Not really, but I did want to show that my simple creation wasn’t as simple to make. Plus, I just think craft blogs with lots of pictures are totally neato. I want my blog to be totally neato, too.

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These were a process. Roll the felt, glue the felt, reinforce with stitching, cut more felt for the trim, glue the trim, reinforce with stitching... I got through three episodes of The Tudors this way.

To get a little closer to neato I’m posting pictures anyway. The images here are from the beginning of my Christmas Clothespin Brigade – five little feminine figures in holiday themed dress inspired by a Halloween set I sold last year. The last thing I photographed were steps for the embroidery floss hairdos, but those are on my camera. The ones here are from my phone.

I will make four sets of these dolls. If I finish them quickly I will also make more Halloween ones. Why not do the Halloween ones first? Well, probably because I already know how to make those and can skip the learning curve.  They’ll go faster.

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A little bit of craft glue on one edge goes a long way. Too much and it will goop everywhere. In the background you can see a few completed skirts.

Hmm.

I’m still getting the hang of this WordPress thing.  When picture content outweighs text it’s hard to arrange everything so it looks all slick and professional-like.  If you scroll down further you’ll see a couple more pictures.  It’s the most I can do at this point since I’m out of words and need to get back to actually working on them instead of writing about them.

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Craft glue is not an instant stick and has to be held in place. Some modified spring clothes pins did the trick.

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I got these "multicultural clothespins" on clearance at Michael's and am now kicking myself that I didn't buy all the packages on the peg. For the colored clothespin dolls these are the fabric/color combinations. The rest of the sets will be on unpainted clothespin bases. I am debating painting those just to be consistent, but worry that may be in poor taste.

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About waywardclay

I am a musician and designer living in the Pacific Northwest. I have a day job, but you won't hear about that here. I make things out of thoughts, situations, polymer clay, and other media. Sometimes they're actually pretty good. Visit my Etsy store or download my available songs from iTunes.

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  1. Hi! I love your dolls and the way you show the process of making them.
    What triggered me to leave a message is what you wrote: “Me, I’m not exactly normal. I started my new projects knowing that I risk having more incomplete ones by showtime.” – This is exactly what I have been doing the last few days… I have a show of my work coming up in less than a month and instead of finishing up what needs to be finished, I started four new paintings, three daily projects and started blogging for the first time… no, that’s not exactly normal 😉
    Good luck with your projects! I’ll have a look at your etsy-page too.
    Katerina

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