Note: The second one from the left is a Tilde-style doll. The web is (maybe unfortunately) full of patterns taken from the Tilde publications. It’s such an appealing doll, of course I gave it a go – but the design is absolutely not mine.
Here’s a solo of JoJo, who’s also new and one of my favorite dolls ever. She has a name, unlike the rest of the gang. It’s her hair, which is just some orange yarn tacked on the back of her head. When I looked at her with that hair, well, the name seemed to fit. Love her belly button…
My main turning tools are various tubes, a 10″ hemostat, and a crochet hook (to push out fingertips and tight curves).
The small brass turning tubes are a recent acquisition, also from Doll Makers Journey. They’re wonderful for turning little fingers, skinny arms, and ears.
And then there’s the stuffing. It’s a great, mindless kind of thing to do with a good movie or the news on the telly. My very favorite stuffers are the chopstick and the cocktail skewer. I used my kitchen shears to make depressed circles on both ends of the chopstick, and the end of the skewer is naturally a little scuffed – the stuffing catches on both, making it easier to move along inside a doll part. I’ve also used a variety of orange wood cuticle pushers…whatever works!
So far, I’ve been disappointed in the stuffing fork, which I bought specifically for fingers. It’s my most expensive tool, and I just don’t have much luck with it. I’ve watched it being used on YouTube videos, and it was impressive, so more practice should help.