Monday, March 24, 2008

Beading For A Cure (BFAC) doll - in progress

She's coming to life!

Here are the first progress shots of my doll. I did not have a plan in mind for the design when I sat down to begin. I started beading around the face with an even count peyote stitch using size 8/0 beads at the base and ending with drops at the top of the face and size 11/0 beads around the rest of it. Next I moved to the back of the head and beaded a spiral with size 11/0 beads. I find it makes a good base if I should decide to make long, think beaded hair.

Next I added the Swarovski cubes for breasts. A few rounds of peyote stitch at the base of each crystal bead and a couple of regular flat rows outside of that. I moved down to her hip area and started adding a line of beads, then several more - again with no particular plan in mind.

My added bead for the project is a size 11/0 flesh lined topaz.

I liked the colors in this kit immediately when I opened the package and saw them for the first time. As the beading comes together I love the colors even more. I thoroughly enjoy each and every time I pick this doll up to work on her and am excited to see where the beads will take me.

The doll form is about 10 1/2 inches tall and was made by Monica Magness, the face was made by Dottie Hoeschen at Stonebrash Creative. I think they complement each other perfectly! You can click on each photo for a larger view.


The Lone Beader said...

Very nice!! Do you find it difficult to bead something which is not flat? I have only done one doll so far, and I think I broke a few needles during that project. LOL.

Phyl said...

Grace, she is going to be stunning!Love the jointed arms; can you move them about out of the way while beading?Where/when is this dolly to be sold?Thanks for pix to share your ongoing beading of her!

Pursuing Art... said...

Your off to a wonderful start! I love the colors and couldn't agree with you more that the doll, face, and beads compliment one another beautifully! Can't wait to see more progress. She will be a beauty! I am on the learning curve right now Grace and couldn't agree with 'D' more...LOL! First time trying and it is such a change from flat embroidery. I've already gone through a number of needles. My first impression was "what in the world am I going to do with all those abandoned babies waiting for me if I couldn't get it flowing?" Well, I was off to a rocky start but it's beginning to flow now. I certainly have great respect for all those brilliant beauties you have brought to life and know who I'd admire for a little critiquing! ;)

Dottie said...

Oh Grace! The doll is just beautiful!! I can't wait to see her when she is finished. And I am so honored that you are using one of my faces. What a great way to benefit a worthy cause.

abeadlady said...

Great start, Grace. I know what you mean about not being able to put it down.

Seeing the comments about needles, have you tried the curved needles yet? They are a little tricky to hold on to at first, but boy, do they make those tight places easier.


GraceBeading said...

Hi LB - I don't know that I would say I find it difficult, but it is certainly different. I have broken a needle or two (okay maybe more), but for the tight spots a curved needle really helps.

Phyl - yes the arms are easily movable. This doll is for the BFAC auctions next year and will run for several weeks starting in March of 2009 - all auctioned on Ebay

Thanks Lisa - you must try a curved needle, they take a little getting used to, but there is nothing better for tight spots and tough curves.

Dottie - I'm glad you like it so far, that means a lot to me.

Arline - I was treated to curved needles some time ago by Sue on BAD. I don't use mine all the time, but I do have it handy and will switch to it when needed.

Thanks everyone!

KV said...

Looking fine, Grace!

Kathy V in NM

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

It looks like you are off to a great start, can't wait to see the finished doll!!! Hugs***Renea

GardenGoose said...

you do great work, so I know this will turn out lovely. it's off to a terrific start.

Mieke said...

Wow, Love here!! Can't wait to see here finished!!

girl_gone_thread_wild said...


nothing left to say... wow. ~Monica

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

oh and that face fits perfectly!

After the pink doll is complete, I'm BACK to filling doll orders and listing on etsy & ebay. Yippee!

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