Sunday, January 13, 2008
Have you heard of Dotee dolls? They are wonderful little creations filled with love and always seem to bring a smile to those that hold them. I ran across them not long ago and have been smitten with them since. I posted two on my blog that I created recently, one was done up in a winter theme, the other a Christmas theme. Both were so much fun to create.
I discovered Dotee dolls around the same time I happened upon Dot's blog, she is as uplifting as the dolls named after her.
Dot approached me not long ago about doing a one on one swap and I jumped at the chance. I found posts on her blog that indicated her favorite color used to be purple, but is now green. So my goal was to incorporate both colors into this doll.
I happen to have a little 4 inch purple doll form on hand made by Carol Strand-Siebers and a wonderful green face by Jen Martin - that's all the inspiration I needed to get beading.
I glue the face to the doll form and once dried, I begin beading around the face, and more often that not, will use peyote stitch to further secure the face to the form.
Once I feel the area around the face is complete, I move to the back of the head and bead a spiral. On this particular doll I used size 11/0 beads. I like to add lots of 'hair', so this provides a good base for that.
I don't usually have a plan ahead of time for a design, I choose a few focal beads and add those first and go from there. I beaded the back of this doll first, starting with the pressed glass heart and moved down from there. The 3 light green opaque beads are 2 holed as are the transparent vintage nail heads.
This was a joy to work on each and every time I picked it up.
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Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman