I have been sewing, by hand and machine for as long as I can remember...that's even longer than I've been beading. Mom started me out at a young age, because it kept me from asking her to make my dolls and stuffed animals clothes, blankets, and pillows. As a teen, I costumed multiple plays, which lead to my college degree - a BS in Theater, with an emphasis in Costume Crafts and Design. But really, most of my hands on sewing experience occurred when I worked for 4 years at a puppet company in the costume shop. We not only sewed the "skin" and clothing for your typical hand puppets, but also large walk around character costumes and mechanical parade float puppets. In those 4 years, I gained more sewing experience than I ever could have imagined, especially with unusual materials, plus patterning and sewing for 3-dimensional shapes.
|An armload of stars, freshly sewn, during my time at the puppet company.|
|The flock of Momoko's and their new duds!|
|Back row (left to right): Sasha doll, Luts BJD, Dream of Doll BJD, Gene and Trent and tiny Dollinian BJD. |
Front row (left to right): Soom BJD, Hujoo anthro mouse and rabbits, plus Momoko.
|My two Sasha dolls in their new dresses, and Gregor in his new jeans!|
|Here you can see the elastic stringing all of the limb "beads" together.|
I hope you've had a fun time following along on my adventures, and that you're staying delightfully creative, no matter what direction that takes you.
P.S. Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last doll post! I was nervous of how it would be received, as there is still quite a bit of stigma attached to the doll hobby and that post was my first step out of the "doll" closet. I really appreciate all of you that took the time to comment, and to those of you that also have dolls, I would love to connect some time about our mutual obsessions!