“And as the seasons come and go, here’s something you might like to know. There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, in the air, playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day. So listen, touch, and look around — in the air and on the ground. And if you watch all nature’s things, you might just see a fairy’s wing.” (Author Unknown)
Esme is a friend from college studying art and then Ba(hons) Contemporary Textiles Practice at UWIC together. When I think of the textile pieces she created, I always remember a strong floral influence and therefore the cloth doll flower fairy was born. This doll has also been inspired by my childhood memory of flower fairies and our own beautiful flower border, which Steve has been slowly developing this summer.
My biggest success has to be the padded wings, which developed on from a technique I tried on the ears if the Machi, adapted into fairy elf ears on this doll and then onto a much a larger scale to create the wings.
To make them, I lightly padded the shape of the wing and top stitched the line details. As you can see the wings have been decorated with pearls and small beads.
I managed to tuck the raw edges inside the body before closing together with a ladder stitch. Buttons were used for strengthening stitches and extra detail.
creating the look
I was fortunate to receive a selection of vintage fabrics including this delicate floral pattern used for the body. This was my starting point for the colour scheme, choosing coordinating pale pinks and purples for the rest of her clothing.
The fairy look has been completed by adding a simple, yet raw edged waist wrap detailed with a matching button and decorative ribbons. This was inspired by one of the first dolls I made from my Jan Horrox book.