I am sorry it has taken so long to update. I am having trouble getting ahold of the winner of the bagholder, If any one knows Country Pickins please let me know how to get in touch with her. Or if you are reading this please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I don't think my emails have been getting through. Been working on some new stuff. I just finished a new Annie pattern, I am going to call her Annie's Snowman. She is a big girl. She is a little on the bright side, I used lots of reds on her. I have aloy\t of people ask wher I buy my yarn for my doll's hair. I buy it at Joann's. They have skeins of yarn that are perfect for raggedy's.
I have been asked how I stuff my doll's, I tried taking some pics, hopefully these will explain how I do it. I had to take myself stuffing, so hope they make sense.
I have my doll body sewn up, just have to turn it and then stuff it.
I use a chop stick, I grab some stuffing and kind of wrap it around the end of the chopstick and then stuff down into the leg or arm. Just keep adding a little at time until you get stuff firmly. I kind of flatten the stuffing down as I go. I just mash down on the outside and try to keep flat and from bunching out.
Next I stuff the body and head, I stuff with little bunches of stuffing. I use the stuffing in the green and white box at Walmart, not the polyfil, that is too soft, I can't stuff tight enough with it. Just keep pressing the doll body flat as you go with your hands, to keep it flat.
Do you ever get a wobbly neck, this is one trick I use to help keep the head from flopping too much,
take a stitch under the neck line, going from back to front with heavy thread.
After you have stitch back and forth a couple of times, knot off your thread, you will have an indentation there. Just continue to stuff around the body and stitch.
I like to fold the bottom seam up and stitch my doll's legs into the opening and whipstitch closed. I don't use a machine stitch across. Just have to be careful to keep the legs even at the bottom. I hope this helps a little, I have stuffed a ton of dolls over the years and I have noticed no one stuffs the same, the same doll can look so different depending on who stuffs it.
Tomorrow I will show you how to pinch stitch and the finished doll face.