Firstly, if any of you are in this area on the 17th I would love to see you there! It sounds as if it is going to be a fun day. There is live music and Lindy hoppers, and lots of stalls.
I spent yesterday doing little jobs, such as writing price labels, sewing on cloth labels, dressing the rest of the dolls, and doing a practice run for my table. I am pleased with how it looks I think. I made the stand for the dolls from cat food boxes in tiers, painted, collaged with old dress patterns then painted again. The layers are movable and stack neatly in two layers for transportation. I was most pleased with it when I made it last weekend! I am always amazed at the good, solid quality of the cat food boxes. I take them to school normally, and we use them for junk modelling and cheap lightweight construction toys.
These are the other dolls I made in half term. I have called them 'Candy Stripe Dolls'. They are an all in one head and body, with arms sewn in as the body is sewn up, construction. The hair also gets sewn on as the body is joined, but with a bit of machine stitching first for texture. In hindsight I wish I had done the hair straight across, as they look slightly strange with their high foreheads! Some are cuter than others!
They are made from calico which I love. It is easy to work with and I like the way the weave is quite visible. It has an old fashioned look too, which I like. I have metres of it to cover my table, the front piece with a scalloped edge. I am trying to keep the table simple, to show off the dolls well.
This is my sign. I was very careful, and divided up the circle with thin masking tape, both across and down the middle, to get my lettering even. This is not at all how I normally do things, tending much more towards the slapdash, but I felt an effort was required.
About half of the dolls still need scarves. I have some made and hope to finish them tomorrow. I gave up on the idea of jackets and cardis as I just don't have the time. I am pricing them differently, according to how many clothes they have!
A few of my crochet brooches. I have made about 10 more today. I really enjoy making them and like how they are all different.
This is my business card. I have printed about 100 on bamboo paper. I decided to make my own as I was running out of time and money!
Below are photos of all the dolls. These are not very good photos, but they are more for record keeping purposes. I have kept one of them, and she is not in the pictures. She is my favourite and I decided I deserved one!
A few more ribbons around waists, a couple of cardigans and some scarves and they are ready for their big day!