Sunday, June 14, 2009

Ruby

About a week ago I felt like doing something more original than just stitching someone else's design. So I decided to invent another little doll. I have a book of knitted dolls by Claire Garland, but all the dolls in the book are large. The book has some interesting techniques so I started there in hopes of making a small knitted doll. I worked on it a bit each evening. Each night, when I stopped for the day, I thought it was time to forget the whole project. I didn't know where it was going, and I was getting very frustrated. But when I woke each morning, I had new ideas and continued on. Yesterday, I finally completed this little cutie, and I am exceptionally pleased with her. She kind of invented herself. I had no idea that this was what she would look like. She is free-standing, and I didn't expect that either. She just stood up by herself. I guess the dress acts as a base.

She's named after an old friend of mine who has a head of beautiful long curly red hair. I didn't start out to make a Ruby doll.. that's just where the experiments took me.

Very difficult to get the pictures to match her true colors. I started with an indoor photo:



But Ruby demanded to go outside and show off her dress and new handbag:



13 comments:

Ranae said...

Ruby is adorable!

mainely stitching said...

Utterly delightful!!!

Miss 376 said...

WEll done, Annie, she is gorgeous

Annette said...

hihi.... what a lovely doll

Art4Sol said...

Annie, I've given you an award...hope you don't mind.

Olenka's Stitches said...

Wow! Ruby is so cute! :-)

Rachel S said...

She is really really cute!

Daffycat said...

Ruby is such a sweetheart ~ well done, Annie!

Chris said...

Looks like Ruby had a great time outdoors. Nice creation.

Mylene said...

Very creative Annie. She's so cute!!

Liz said...

Ruby is adorable - but you knew that! Creating a doll is frequently like that. You just work and let the doll tell you what happens next.

Siobhan said...

Wow!!! Ruby is utterly adorable. You are so talented! I love it.

Pumpkin said...

Annie, I can't say it enough...you are SO talented! Ruby is lovely and I love the dreamy look on her face :o)