Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Finally getting some progress on my Hope doll!

FINALLY got started on my Hope doll, making some progress! She's got a paperclay head and arms, and a cloth body. I usually make paperclay feet, but this time I thought I'd just try to make do with the cloth feet and paint them.
She's getting striped stockings, red 'balmoral' boots with black 'patent leather' foxing at the toes and heels. A nice paint job is what Hope will be getting tonight!

Made some progress on her dress, the fabric's white with a blue design with tiny red circles. It's got the bell sleeves and will have a very full skirt with two rows of growth pleats. After seeing a recent posting about tea staining fabric....I am thinking of doing the same with Hope's dress. It's a tough decision. I like the bright white, it's so fresh looking. Then again, there's something to be said for gently 'aged' fabric. I like the primitive look of it, so here I sit, unable to make a decision!
It must be the darned San Diego heat causing my brain to malfunction. Can you believe it? It's been like summer all week! Last week too! My gosh, we're spoiled. Sure, we may slide into the ocean in a few years, but we aren't trapped indoors freezing our tushies off like most of the US. We are very fortunate and also thankful for this wonderful weather. I feel terrible for those who are having such a difficult winter. My sister recently left Kentucky to return to San Diego and I bet she's thanking the good Lord she moved here when she did. Those poor people back east. I sure hope they get a break and soon. Mother Nature needs to share the wealth a bit on all fronts...spread the cold around evenly, so we all get a nice chilly winter, but not so much that we are stuck home with kids on snow days with no power. Yikes. It's supposed to rain here tomorrow.....ha! I'll believe it when I see it. They're always so wrong about the rain.


  1. Oh My! She's going to be gorgeous! I can't wait to see her finished!

    Enchanted Blessings,

  2. She is going to be wonderful! I just love the historical costuming and rendition of your dolls. Really looking forward to seeing her completed.



  3. Oh what a sweet face - I can't wait to see the next wip!!! you do such amazing work!!! Beautiful!!

  4. I can't wait to see her finished, she looks beautiful already. Julie

  5. Beautiful job, Robin. Does she get a wig or painted hair?

  6. Hi all, thanks so much for your encouraging words! Hope has now been painted, and I am in process of giving her hair. I have a huge ball of silky black mohair roving that I figured she's a good person to help me dispense of some of it. I am braiding thin strips of it and gluing them on, not exactly certain of how the finished hair will come out as yet...but I do love surprises!

  7. She is gorgeous ! Can't wait to see her all "done up" . I always have the dilemma of aging the fabric or not too!