Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Earthquake!

This afternoon I was standing in my kitchen, when suddenly everything around me started to wibble-wobble.
Earthquake!
I said to myself, "Oh I'm from Seattle.  I've been through an earthquake before.  I hope it stops... let's see, what should I do?  Go under a table?  Stand in a door frame?

Then I realized I'm in Brooklyn, NY!

Everything was shaking and a floor lamp nearly fell over.  The pictures on the walls shifted.  It started getting scary but then the thing ended pretty much just as quickly as it started.  I realized I wanted to go outside but I wasn't dressed!   Who would ever have thought- an earthquake in NYC?

I called my mom who lives in Florida.  According to her, they were just "missed" by a major hurricane, so guess who is probably going to get it by next week?
Woo hoo!

Truth be told, I wanted to report about some new art in the works.  I am off from "school" and start my last quarter in the end of September.  I'll be totally done in December and hopefully I will have much more time to create!  But for now, I'm catching up on some things and plan to get started on a new project - my first one since I've been in NY.  For me, it will be truly "earth shattering!"

I'll keep you posted!


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Pattern

I've listed a really really cute (and unusual!) pattern called the Dreidel Maidel in my Etsy Shop.

This pattern was designed for Hanukkah, but it can easily be adapted as an ornament.
It's very special and would make a great centerpiece or a fabulous gift.  Imagine the possibilities!

I know, I know, it's still August.  But if you are anything like me, time to plan and get the wheel in motion is needed!

Have fun and I hope you'll try this doll :-)


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Monday, August 08, 2011

How to make doll hair and a "curling iron"

Recently, Rosa Maria from Portugal asked me a great question about doll hair. 

She bought my 'Orianna' beginner sewing patten, but she had a bit of a problem.


For this type of doll, the mohair is wefted into the cloth doll head with a special needle that has little barbs in it, like this: 


Maria lives in Portugal, and doesn't have access to this type of mohair, so she asked me what to do.  This is actually a great opportunity to get even more creative!  You don't need fancy doll mohair.  Just use some good quality yarn- wool, if you can get it- and curl it yourself.  It's really a lot of fun.
Here's how:

1.  Unravel and untwist the yarn.  It will be kind of frizzy.


2.  Heat a knitting needle or metal tube in the oven on a low temperature.  The smaller the doll's head, the narrower the needles.  If you want Shirley Temple sausage curls, use thicker ones. 
3.  Carefully remove them from the oven. They should be hot to the touch but not so hot that you burn your fingers. (If they burn your skin they will burn the fibers!) If possible, wear cotton gloves.


You have just created miniature curling irons for dolls!

3. Wrap the hair around the knitting needle, and hold in place as you would in the hair salon ^*^

Different fibers and sizes will produce different results.
The main thing is...you don't need to spend a lot of money to make great hair for your doll.  It will be unique and will really make the doll yours!

Next time, I will talk about dye, and what works on mohair, and what doesn't.  There is a whole science to it!


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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Catching Up

Well, it's certainly been quite a while!
The last time I posted anything was back in March. It's now the beginning of August and I have transitioned into life in the Big City... Brooklyn, NY.
I am very happy that I met the love of my life and got married... however I'm still trying to adjust to Brooklyn. It's possible that I never will, but I don't look back and I have no regrets. I do miss Seattle and I definitely miss my artist loft in Everett, overlooking the water and the mountains, with 15' ceilings and tons of natural sunlight. Now I have sirens and incredible noise all day long, and the blinds are shut coz it's too hot out and there is nothing to see anyway.

I'm finally finishing up my accounting degree and getting ready to study to sit for the CPA. I can hardly believe it. Trouble is, I nearly live at my kitchen table and have no motivation to make dolls at the moment. Where will I put them? My dolls are in boxes and my sewing machines and whatever art supplies I still have left are in storage. I suppose this stage will pass, and I'll get back to creating eventually. But for now, I'm still working on "getting settled." Updates again in the future... and thanks so much everyone for all the lovely notes here and there. There's nothing like an artist friend!

~Rivkah
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