Saturday, 22 December 2007

Dotee and Tree

First of all, I couldn't resist photographing my friend Ann's tree when we were round there today and I hope you'll indulge me if I show it here (if not please scroll down to the next bit!)

Unlike our artificial offering this is a genuine tree with real needles. Ann has some beautiful decorations which have been gathered over the years by herself and her parents and parents in law. I particularly liked this little bell

I love the little garland of coloured balls draped behind the bell, which were a new addition last year.

I have been waiting for a piece that I made for Anna to reach her before showing you it here and her blog shows that she has now received it so it's safe for me to post it here at last

Anna had been sending out pieces of her rust dyed fabric as a challenge to people to produce something from it to send back to her (while retaining part of the fabric for their own use). I decided to make a dotee doll as I enjoy making them. It's strange how these things speak to you isn't it? I felt this dotee wanted long hair and the only way I could think of to make it was with various fancy yarns which I doubled and secured into the seam at the top of the head. I then proceeded to tie myself in several knots while sewing on the beads! (I always apologise to my dotees while I'm stitching them up and sewing the beads on. I tell them that it will only hurt for a little while. I hope they forgive me!) I have left it up to Anna to decide whether she leaves the hair long or gives it a trim!

10 comments:

Shirley Goodwin said...

Another use for rust dyed fabric! Merry Christmas, Julie.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

That's a grayte tree. I hope she chekt it for bugs.

:@}

Gina said...

Lovely things on your last couple of post Julie. I like the rusty dottee doll. Happy Christmas to you all.
Gina xx

Julie said...

Than qu Bob. Ooh! I forgot to tell her abowt the bugz! My frend is goin away for Kwismus too so the bugz mite eet all the tree wile she iz away! Oooops!

sharon young said...

Hi Julie
Your rust Dottie is a star!!! I love the hair, if she was mine I definitely wouldn't cut it!!
I'm looking forward to making one tomorrow with my GD, if she hasn't changed her mind!! And wants to make something else:-)

Barbara said...

Merry christmas and a happy new year! Warmly Barbara

Becky Vigor said...

Wow you have been busy since I was last here. I love all your embellisher pieces, especially the pouch, which doesn't look amateurish at all. And the cute little doll with the crazy hair - I want her! I think we need to organise a swap of these little dotee dolls!

Judy Scott said...

Hello Julie love the tree too and your Dotee Doll is brilliant. Have a very very Happy Christmas, love to you, from Judy x

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

Hav a grayte Crismoss! I'm off to bed now! Ooo I'm so eggsytid, my bum mite berst!

:@D

Dot said...

Hi Julie - love the tree and your Dotee doll is gorgeous! What a clever use of rust fabric. You are so sweet to apologise to your Dotee dolls as you make them he heh..I admit that I feel a little strange sometimes when I am sewing so many beads through their little bodies.
They are good natured souls though and I am sure they don't mind!

Happy New Year to you!!

Dot xx