I was informed last night – breathlessly and with much merriment – that another kokeshi doll was needed. There was a fourth part to play in Abigail and friends’ animated production. It was late, I was tired and I said, “Yes of course, I’ll make one in the morning.”
Clearly, I’m not doing well at the “Say, I will think about that and get back to you” lesson I was supposed to be practising this week. But I’m also dreadful at not doing what I’ve said I will do. My worst trait as a mother, wife, daughter, friend … but I am working on this.
So in the spirit of doing better, instead of playing with the crisp, natural coloured ramie I bought last week for an apron, I made the fourth kokeshi doll. And I think, after a year or more of muddling along with these dolls, I really like this one. :-)
I much prefer this pale background to the dark colours I have previously used. And I really like her purple hair. I’ve altered the dress slightly – made it more of a side cross-over, ironed over a seam allowance on the raw edges (hated how they used to frazzle when I turned them out!) and added a cumberbund – and I’ve almost done away with shapeliness. I didn’t like any of the earlier ones – so now, the motto is keep it simple.
I’m especially pleased with her sweet face. The only thing I think I still need to improve on is to use a heavier linen – can’t wait to choose and order from here – have a browse – it is beautiful!
And look, despite her not looking old enough to be the granny in the animation, Abigail loves her too – which is what all stitching mumas hope for.
p.s. we’ve had a little update at block-aday – thanks to Julian! – so if you’re reading this post as news, click on through to have a quick peek :-)