Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My soft doll attempt

I have been spending a few minutes each night after my grands go home, looking at these stuffed animals and dolls, etc., which have been appropriately named "SOFTIES" in new lingo. They are so favorites being made of felt. I want to get to trying this. It would have to be done to just make a collection for myself, as toys for Emily,or to try and sell. You can see softies by googling, or it is a label or tag on Etsy. I'm sure most of you have seen them before. Fellow blogger, Messyfish, makes softies too!
Anyway...while sitting around looking at these online, I realized I had a handmade, freeformed doll I had made a few years back. She ended up with a big head, and long skinny neck, and strange looking feet (sort of like Squidward on Spongebob)!!! LOL. Here she is, wearing a dress taken off an old porcelain doll:

A close up of her head. I embroidered her face freehandedly also (I guess I hate plans, and perfection). Her hair has never been made. I braided a ribbon, and it is only pinned to the top of her head (poor girl). I am terrible with hair ideas... and getting a certain style of hair to match the dolls composition or personality!

I must have made her around 4th of July, because the little heart that I sewed to her chest, has a sort of flag look to it.

A full body view.
Yes...I just took this picture this little Christmas tree is still up! Ha! I am leaving it up as a symbol of hope for so many in general, future prosperity, Haiti, and LOVE. Well, I also really like the glow it provides at night...and my little girl here likes to pose next to it also!!!
So there she is...any name suggestions??? Next I hope to post some felt plushies, or softies I've made! If tiame avails. Happy day to all!


Bobbie Lynn said...

Your softie is so adorable. She looks very happy under the Christmas Tree.
Wishing you a great day.

Judi said...

Hi Julie
Oh she is so cute sitting next to your Christmas tree of hope...well she could be called Hope as in hoping for all things good.

I hope you are having good weather. My mom will be in your area tomorrow afternoon...wish I was going to visit her and you but I doubt I will.

have a lovely day

Darla said...

How cute..she looks like an Annabelle to me~~~

Green thumb said...

Happy day dear Julie! That is one adorable doll...and quite brainy too! with that lovely head size:-)
The Heart is super cool and the flag pattern is ingenious.

Teri C said...

Julie, do you realize she looks just like Emily? It was the first thing I thought when I saw this.

This is adorable!!!!! I love the heart on her chest. Clever you.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

This is a cute Softie. I think she is just Perfect.

Tootsie said...

she's cute!

My Little Family: said...

Yes, the Garmin Nuvi is a GPS.

I love your doll. When I was little the only dolls I really liked were the softies.

walk2write said...

Leaf It to Hope? How's that for a name? She is beautiful, and so are your sentiments, Julie.

Julie said...

Thanks for your nice comments everyone!!! I am partial to this girl!!!

Desert Swamp Dweller said...

She looks very huggable. I think she looks like a Mary.

Evelyn Howard said...

Cute! How about Tatiana? The first name that came to mind... I think it's one of the tennis player's name. Been wathcing Australian Open...
It's a really nice doll, great embroidery!

Julie said...

Great names, everyone!!! I really like HOPE! I am always looking for symbols of hope, and she looks like one to me too!!! Merci!!!

yoon see said...

Hello dear Julie,
Look like you are busy for good Julie.
Yes, it's great to have friend around like messyfish doing softie!

Great ideas to invest some quality time to do some creations that unleash your talent.

I truly agree with you that the finished products either colud be sold or could be toys to Emily!

I love the process you showed here.
Seeing the doll finally comes to live neat and adorable. I feel so blessed that you have sent your best softie to me. I really treasure your gem gift Julie!

marianne said...

What a great doll! So cute!
Yes I like Hope!

Pudgeduck said...

Well I think she looks like a Wilma Joy. Just saying.....

Bethany said...

I only just last night took my little glowing tree down.
I know just what you mean.
Well, she is adorable, isn't she. Wow. You amaze me. I actually think the hair style she has right now is perfect. Her eyes! Wow. I just love her. I like WIlma Joy for a name too!!! Can't wait to see your other creations. You are so talented.

messyfish said...

she is cute, I love her feet! I have trouble with hair too! check out Michelle Eatons blog (in my blog list, Serenas daughter)...she does amazing hair for her dolls!

Janine said...

I love your doll; very cute
I just made a cat doll and I have a garden
I speak a little english because I live in a French West Indies
My blog is
There is a translator on the left side

Julie said...

Hello Janine! I came to your blog and found your cute kitty doll! I love your plants, bromeliads and your embroidery and appliques!!! I have tried three times to leave you a comment there, but it is showing an "error". I will come back later and try again! Thanks for coming by!!!