04 January 2009

Christmas Crafting - Felt Matryoshka

The holidays.......time to craft, uninterrupted by work and commitments......I had 3 whole days of it.....using felt, embroidering blankies and creating goodies.

My first creation was a felted matryoshka (Russian doll). I have made one before for a friend a number of years back but hadn't made another, until I fondled the beautiful wool felt that Beth sent me and the inspiration returned (also helped by Beth's idea a while back to have a matryoshka exhibit on her blog following on from her kokeshi exhibit that I participated in back in June). This time I was doubly inspired! (Sorry the photos are not great, there was almost no light at all over the holiday period.)

Here's the front:


Here's the back:


Here's the surprise:


Here they both are:


 
First I attached the eyes and cheeks to the face, embroidered the mouth and then attached the face to the body using Wisper thread, then I decorated the front of the doll, using spirals of felt, gold thread, black thread with Kreinik Blending Filaments and a selection of Mill Hill glass seed beads, before I moved onto the back. I made a slit in the back of the larger doll and attached some ribbon so you could close up the slit and then decorated the back of the doll before making the smaller doll which fits neatly in side the first.....perhaps the next time I will need to go for 3 dolls..... 

10 comments:

amy said...

oh so adorable!

Bethany Hissong said...

Di, this turned out sooo cute!!! I love the little surprise! Which just makes sense, but I wouldn't have thought of it! You just let the cat out of the bag but really, I haven't even thought about doing another show right now... maybe I should! I have something even bigger brewing and I will tell you soon!!!
xo Beth

Nikki said...
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Nikki said...

LOVE IT! Thanks for dropping by my blog.

I'm adding yours to my Bloglines so I can see more of your gorgeous creations.

PS. I deleted my last comment - which said basically the same thing but with appalling spelling and badly thought-out sentence structure. In future I must remember to drink my morning coffee before attempting to write anything!!

leslie said...

my gosh. those are wonderful. so cute.

jojo-caramel said...

Its beautiful !!! So delicate ! I love it !!!

Kate said...

That is great - so gorgeous!

Alison Boon said...

Love the surprise. Very sweet.

Manoute said...

Gorgeous!
I love all the details,amazing!

Gina said...

Hello Di, Thank you for dropping by my blog. I had to come back to say hello when I found you were in Dundee as that is where we spent the time between Christmas and New Year! Your Matryoshka doll is lovely as are all your fabulous woolly makes from 2008. Belated Happy New Year!