Rose Cottage Handmade

Handmade Dolls, Puppets and lovely things!

Busy, busy…

I’ve been working quite hard this past few weeks. Here’s a list of interesting things I’ve made:

Mannequin Doll – to be a pattern

A Mannequin Doll, it will be sold as a pattern, it’s about as proportionally correct as I could make it. With this pattern you can make many, many dolls.

Jemima - A 'Tilda-style' Doll
Tilda Style Doll, I really enjoyed making this pattern. It is similar to the traditional ‘Tilda’ doll but the head shape is more 3d and the feet too. I’ve made some really nice clothes and accessories for this doll too.

Barn Owl
Barn Owl, it took a lot of work and adjustments to make this owl, I love it! It still has to be edited some more because the body is too lean, but not bad for a first attempt.

Forest Deer Herd

Forest Deer Herd

Forest Deer, simple and lovely, they look great in a herd and are pose-able too.

I’m making patterns for felt trees too.

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Piece of Treasure I found Online

I completely missed out on my summer reading this year, now my youngest is headed back to school on Wednesday and I haven’t read a thing.
Today I was bookmarking some free books to read online when I have time and I came across “ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NEEDLEWORK BY THÉRÈSE DE DILLMONT”
A great vintage book and it’s illustrated and looks like it could be a very interesting read. It has patterns too!

Here are some images from it:
Title Image
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Projects
net pattern

tent stitch

bar with buttonhole pique

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Yasmin – ready for the beach


Yasmin – ready for the beach

Originally uploaded by Rose Cottage Dolls

Designed and made this new doll today, I’m quite pleased with how she has turn out.

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Etsy Shop Opened this weekend, yay!

Well, I finally did it, I uploaded the pictures and specs and prices for all my craft item onto my Etsy shop, please go visit when you can. Here’s the address: www.rosecottagedolls.etsy.com … now apparently, I have to start thinking about christmas stocks! 🙂

Molly playing her steel pan

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Bucket Bags & Embroidery

leaf-stencil-redI’m tired now, I went out today to buy yet more fabric, I think I have everything now… except transfer paper, I can’t find any anywhere, I may have to order it online or get someone in the UK to fedex me some. I need it bad, it will really make life so much easier, especially with my embroidery.

I bought some 100% white stripe on white linen the other day too. I just had to have it, it was so nice. I could picture my embroidery stitches covering it. I was reading some Aesop’s Fables and some Hans Christian Anderson stories online the other day, I found some really beautiful quotes and expressions in them, so I took some of them and filed them away, I hope to use them in my embroidered wall art.

I would really like to hurry up and get my Etsy shop stocked already! But I’m still faffing around trying to sort out the shipping costs for the items for sale. Also, in an effort to get organized I am going to be making some bucket bags tomorrow, I have some canvas and I bought some fine weave green burlap (and some loose weave natural burlap, that scares me!), I’ll post some pictures… if they turn out ok! 🙂

Mmm, what else? Ah, yes. If you want to know what’s going on in my doll making world, you can visit my doll making blog. And go visit my Flickr pictures too, if you have time.

Chat soon, bye!

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Spring things to do

leaf-stencil-red1I thought a good and positive start to the beautiful month of May would be to list all the things I would like to do now through to late summer.

1. Make a new bag just for me using the new pattern I drafted. The fabric I have chosen is a kind of oatmeal colored linen, and a red gingham with tiny flower all over for the lining. It will have a personalized embroidered decoration on the front pocket. I absolutely LOVE the design, let’s just hope it turns out alright… sigh!

Mon. May 04 – DONE! YAY! I will post a picture in Tuesday’s post.

2. Make some wall art using fabric (applique) with this saying incorporated into it: Let me be often standing now on Faith’s lofty eminences. Looking for the rising Sun that is to set no more in weeping clouds. Life has been hard this past year and a friend sent me that saying to cheer me up. I need to make something beautiful so I can display that thought and be encouraged.

3. Embroider set of linen handkerchiefs. I love to embroider, and this would be a great (small) project.

4. Make a sunny new dress or two to celebrate… being me! The best way to be creatively you is to make it yourself, there’s something so satisfying about making your own treasures from scratch; choosing the fabric, thinking up the style and …. doing it and wearing it. My dad was a tailor and his mother was what they called in those days a seamstress. I grew up watching my dad in the midst of his patterns and huge pairs scissors, and bolts of fabric, and pins and buttons and sewing machines and all kinds of notions.

5. Start making some simple plush toys, just for the fun of it!

I should be able to make something with something here

I should be able to make something with something here surely

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I spotted these at fabric.com, my favorite colors these days are purple, lime green and orange. These are so pretty to me, they make me feel so happy! : )

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