Pina & Genevieve Fabric Dolls

Darkroom Door - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hello, it's Susie here. Today I'm sharing two cloth dolls I've created using two of the Line Art Stamp Ladies and Transfer Artist Paper (TAP).

Here's Pina, the explorer of the tropics!

1. Stamp 'Tropical Lady' onto TAP and transfer onto fabric following the manufacturer's instructions.
2. Stamp 'Explore' collage stamp onto TAP paper and colour the image. I used Tim Holtz Distress markers, scribbling the colour onto plastic and then 'picking up' the colour with an Aquash brush. Iron this image onto a panel of fabric too.
3. Stamp the word, 'Explore' directly onto fabric using Alphabet Medley stamp set.
4. Cut the front panel of fabric for the 'body'. I layered fabrics and the stamped panels together to work out the height of doll. Once you've cut out the shape, stitch the panels onto the fabric and embellish.
5. Sew two tubes of fabric and stuff to create 'arms' for the doll. I wrapped a piece of coordinating fabric to one of the arms.
6. Sew the arms and front and back of the dolls body together, leaving the bottom of doll open. Stuff the doll with toy stuffing. Sew and oval shaped panel to the bottom of doll to help it to 'stand'.

Note: When using TAP, stamp images with be reversed. This can be problematic when using text-based stamps.

When using TAP, it's a good idea to experiment with some small images first to get an idea of how long you need to iron.

When using watercolours on TAP, try to keep it as 'dry' as possible, so as not to damage the coating on the paper.  Again, it's good to experiment with some small samples first.

Now, say 'Hello', to Genevieve!

She was created in much the same way as Pina. However, her central fabric panel has direct to fabric stamping with the sewing images from the 'Dressmaker' stamp set.  To create this panel I stamped the 'Emulsion' frame onto fabric using a teal coloured ink and then added the sewing images as well as the Criss Cross and Star texture stamps.

Genevieve's face was stamped onto TAP and coloured with the same Tim Holtz Distress marker technique as mentioned above. I've found transferring onto silk fabric the easiest so far. It's very quick!

Genevieve's 'arm' are panels of lace sewn directly onto the body.

Supplies Used:
Darkroom Door Tropical Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Crafty Lady Line Art Stamp
Darkroom Door Explore Collage Stamp
Darkroom Door Alphabet Medley Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Dressmaker Rubber Stamp Set
Darkroom Door Emulsion Frame Stamp
Darkroom Door Criss Cross Texture Stamp
Darkroom Door Star Texture Stamp
TAP – Transfer Artist Paper by Lesley Riley
Distress Markers
Aquash Brush

Thanks for visiting the blog today!  I hope I've inspired some of you to experiment more with stamping and transferring images onto fabric!



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