Here's Ruth, my latest doll creation. Her pattern is from a book by Norwegian crafter Tone Finnanger. Finnanger's craft designs are also known under the name "Tilda." Although her books are available in the US, I get the impression from blogs that she's very popular in Europe.
Finnanger's doll designs--she has santas, angels, and animal figures--seems to all have the same basic body, face and clothing patterns. Ruth is adapted from one of these patterns. I decided I wanted to make a Spring doll.
Ruth's jacket is made from the sleeve of a thrift store blouse, and her dress is from the sleeve of a nightshirt. Her apron is a hankie from my collection.
Her hair is made from a partial skein of mohair yarn I had in my stash. The stuff is a dead ringer for "old lady hair," as my son observed. I took several lengths of yarn and tacked them loosely across the top of her head.Then I maneuvered the yarn into a French twist, which I also tacked down with a few well-placed stitches.
It was like playing beauty parlor. I made a braid, and then wrapped it into a crown.
Easy as pie, and isn't she lovely?
I thought about machine-embroidering her name on her jacket, but then thought that since she's going to live with my mom, I'll leave it to her to name her permanently. I think I've got a few more of these dolls in mind. I've got some corduroy pants that will make a great doll jumper.