Monday, August 5, 2013

All Lined Up

When I make armatures for my art dolls I make several at one time.  It's my least favorite part of my creations, but it also happens to be the most important.  Without them everything would be too fragile and they would also be too top heavy for their skinny little legs.  So last spring I made six 'skeletons'.  And then they sat.  And waited.  And waited some more.  And mocked me every time I set foot in my studio.  And begged me.  OK, not really, because they didn't even have heads, but I think you understand what I'm saying.  I had all these armatures ready and waiting, but other projects (for my niece's wedding mostly) kept pushing them to the back burner. 

Actually, two of them got made right away into Little Red Riding Hoods.  I showed you one of them here.  Here is the other one: 

This time Little Red Riding Hood is blond with big blue eyes, and she's dressed in her summer clothes.  A black gingham paper skirt, a short sleeved top trimmed with Swarovski crystals, bobby socks and Mary Jane's.  Her cloak is still made from red wool felt.  I tried to do one in a lighter weight fabric, but it just didn't hang right. 
Once I got these Little Red Riding Hoods finished, in late APRIL, the rest of the armatures sat around waiting, sometimes not so patiently.  I finally got to them after the 4th of July!  Here they are all lined up, waiting.....
And here is a group shot of all of them finished:
(not a great picture, I KNOW!)
What a diverse little band of characters, isn't it?  I will show each piece individually with more details in the coming days.
I'm having a great time making Halloween spooks.  I know one of these days I will need to quit and begin making Christmas pieces and my ornament collection for 2013.  But right now there are too many ghouls haunting my head and I have to get them out!! 
I hope you all had a great weekend! 


  1. LOVE seeing the transition from nothing to something fabulous!

    1. Thanks, Hilary! I think it's fun to show the 'befores'.

  2. Don't you just love seeing your pieces 'come to life'?! :) They are all wonderful Lisa!! The ghost in chains is awesome!

    1. Thank you, Trina! It is fun to see them transform. Even I'm surprised with what they turn into sometimes!!

  3. I think your armatures look like some cute critters from an animated film! Of course the finished pieces are amazing but you even make armatures look amazing! :)