Monday, October 29, 2007

Altered Clothespin Doll

I haven't stopped needle felting. I just wanted to add a blog about a doll I made, a while back, for a swap. I couldn't post her, as I did not want to spoil the surprise for my "swapper".

This is "Primal Singer". She is altered on a clothespin using hand-painted fabric, hand made beads and embellishments and one of my hand-sculpted, high fired faces. She is my first doll in this format, though I have made dolls for most of my life.

Not your grandmother's clothespin doll...though I love those, too!

I have several other dolls, like this, on my work table...which I have not seen since I started needle felting in the "Satellite Lab" (the bed *wink*). I am really feeling the itch, though, to start combining all my skills, again, so more of these may be forthcoming...with a little needle felting worked in!

I'm also going to include a pic of my latest flat felted piece, a dragon and "The Green Man's Cat", though I'm not really liking the scans I'm getting of him. Also, he might need some whiskers. I'm still thinking about it.

Well, I'd better get back to The Lab!


Carolee said...

Hi ~ I ran across your link on eBay's ACA site. Just wanted to say I LOVE your work and music, and just added your link to my blog. :)

~ Carolee

Bettina Makley, aka Fairywebmother. said...

Wow, Carolee...that was quick! I just posted that! :)

I love your work, too and I have added you to my blog roll!

Blessings, back!


Lilly*s of London*ish said...

Love the cat and the doll-wish I was your swapperee!Good luck on the shop. Sometimes we get to Wheeling via Dresden, OH and then on to Pittsburgh for baseball. We'll have to check it out!

Eseya, Muñecas con historia said...

I love your blog!! I hope to learn how to do things so beautiful.



mousewords said...

LOVE the paws on the cat! :):)

Barbara said...

what cool needle felting art! Love your work! But its difficult for my computer to open your blog .I hope i can hear your music soon.Greetings from germany Barbara

Ruth said...

Just came over to view your blog from Fiber Arts/Mixed Media. I love the clothespin doll. I might have to try a few of these with needle felted faces! I'm going to add you to my list of blogs I read on my blog. Keep up the great work!

Bettina Makley, aka Fairywebmother. said...

Thanks, Ruth!

Yes, as you can see in the blog, I'm trying to work needle felting into my dolls, as well. It's been very tricky for me to combine the detailed fiber work with beads and embellishments. The "razzle dazzle" can so easily detract from the wool detail. The best combo pieces I've seen, so far do not put a lot of detail in the wool. The simple softness of the fiber, contrasts, beautifully with the vibrant beads, sparkly crystals and shiny metals. I'm looking forward to more experimenting, though...and I can't wait to see what YOU come up with! :)

blueskysunburn said...

I just love your work! The Green Mans Cat cat is just fantatic! I have always wanted to make dolls but have never gotten around to it.

Godd luck with your new shop!