Friday, May 8, 2009

Reluctant Scholar

Here's my latest comfort doll. She looks a bit sad, but I think she's just tentative on her first day of school. This is a Carol Emmer design from an old issue of Leisure Arts "For the Love of Cross Stitch" magazine. I still like these kinds of designs with a lot of fractionals, back stitching and shading for contours. I used Pat Winter's Inner Child Doll method of sewing on the backing by just wrapping it to the front, folding over and hand-stitching a buttonhole stitch in pearl cotton to close it. No turning inside out and no machine stitching at all. I think I need more practice, but it worked out ok.



My partner, Jane, in the Stitchin' Fingers biscornu exchange sent me a gorgeous biscornu from a Floss Box design. Didn't she do a lovely job?

13 comments:

mbroider said...

You are so right about the contours, Annie. How long did it take you to do the whole??

Miss 376 said...

She looks lovely. Always nice to try a different way of finishing things

Kirsten said...

Oh Annie, I love the girl!
Nice biscornu!
I still habe problems loading the Ning network. Some days everything is okay and I can even see the pictures, but most days it is just annoying. So I am very quiet there now :-(

Pumpkin said...

She's adorable Annie! I've never seen this method of finishing before.

What a nice Biscornu you received :o)

staci said...

What a sweet doll! Thanks for that link...sounds like a great way to finish pieces like this!

mainely stitching said...

It's a beautiful Comfort Doll!!

Chris said...

The doll is beautiful.
Jane did a great job on the biscornu.

Olenka's Stitches said...

What an adorable comfort doll! Love the finishing technique too.

Mylene said...

That is such a lovely comfort doll. Great job, Annie.

Cute biscornu you received.

Ranae said...

love the comfort doll. She looks likes she's painted. And the finishing is so creative.
Lovely biscornu you received from Jane

Liz said...

She does look darling. The finishing method sounds like a great way to work with cross stitch. I'll definitely have to try it.

Sandra said...

Your schoolgirl is so darling!!! She's not sad, just expectant of the things she'll come to on a first day of school. I admire you, love how the patterns with fractionals turn out, but my patience is too short to do large projects with it.

The biscornu Jane did for you is so bright ad colorful! Very cheery indeed.

Wendy said...

That girl is looking so lovely! Great design.