Colour my world

Big P, Amelia and I went out to Bunnings this morning to pick up some paint chips and paint brochures ready to start planning our new house decor. Big-P chose about a hundred shades of off white and a few beiges, I kept being drawn to apple greens, gentle sea blues and citrusy oranges while Amelia chose black, red and a kind of deep grapey purple. How will we ever reach a compromise?
I have started working on my self portrait doll. She’s pretty big, about 45cm (around 18 inches) high and made from a thick 100% wool felt that I ordered from a local supplier. I chose “B” grade thinking it might have some interesting flecks though it and indeed it does, perhaps a little too interesting. As my friend Van said when she saw it, “it looks like it’s been felted by naked hairy men”. Sure enough it has the occasional wiry black hair embedded in it and even worse it has some odd brown smeary bits. Eww. I was very disheartened when I first saw it but after pulling out all of the hairy bits and avoiding the dirty bits, it’s really good stuff. Soft, pliable, strong and it does look really interesting when stitched up as a doll.

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11 Responses

  1. You definately don’t want naked man hairy bits on your self-portrait doll! Ewww. But she looks great so far!

  2. I love the style you use in creating your dolls. I’ve never made a doll before, but ordered a pattern to make one for my baby girl. I hope mine comes out half as well as yours do!

  3. O yep – this month is challenging alright. You are asking me to go back over 60 years! I hope my memory works well enough!

  4. Thank you so much Claire for this months month of softies. It was so exciting looking at all of them. I really like your doll, she looks very warm and cuddly. I think the colours your daughter chose are sweet! My eldest son (just 5) has very funny taste and has a passion for those really cheap resin figures/statues of fish that you see in $2 shops. YUK! He has 2, but that’s it…

  5. She looks great, I think this month is going to be especially interesting. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. I’m still thinking and planning mine…

  6. says:

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  7. Your sweet doll looks a lot like Amelia.

  8. Picking out paint can be a real job! Maybe you could compromise by doing a couple of ‘accent walls’? (Forgive me if this is a tacky suggestion! We have a deep maroon one and love it, but I may be stuck in the 1980’s!)Your doll is adorable! Her expression is thoughtful, with a bit of mischief thrown in.

  9. says:

    We recently had a discussion about blogs in my creative writing class at the uni of canberra and I mentioned your blog, and guess what, they’ve put a link to it on my course content page online! Well done!

  10. She DOES look like Amelia! How pretty!xoxo,

  11. Claire, she’s so cute! Bright as a button. Is this your own pattern?