“In a world torn by conflict, where human kingdoms are all but destroyed and guilds sacrifice all for a chance to control the Hall of Heroes, a champion must rise from the ruins of a once-proud land to lead refugees from the ashes and fulfill an ancient prophecy”. (http://www.guildwars.com/en/)
This cloth doll, Rowan Foxglove, is the name of my mum’s online Guild Wars character. Her design is loosely based on the ranger concept art for this game, however I have used a lot of creative license and adapted the look to suit the requirements for a cloth doll.
When designing Rowan, I always had the vision that her look would be influenced by that post apocalyptic, eco warrior aesthetic where clothing is fashioned and up-cycled from other garments in a thrown together need rather than for any fashion or style purpose.
make do and mend: the wrap top
This was actually a scaled down version of customised top I had made for myself. I took two small sections of the jersey cotton and part cut into tassels. These were stretched to encourage the edges of the fabric to curl.
This happened by chance, and it was really fortunate that when I draped the two pieces of jersey over her torso they hung nicely particularly when the tassels were tied together at the back.
The coat is made from scraps of a mixed woollen fabric and sewn together using my favourite stitch, the blanket stitch. I deliberately placed the stitching outside of the seam to make it visible and to enhance the ‘make do and mend’ design ethos.
A small coordinating turquoise button has been used to decorate the front of coat. I cheated a little and added a popper fastening in the inside rather than putting in a buttonhole.
The design is asymmetric and curves around the length of the doll’s body.
the TRousers, boots and cuffs
Real leather was used to make to boots, which were sewn together by hand. The cooper eyelets were also punched through using a hand hole punch tool.
Like Lazuli, Rowan also has leather wrist cuffs. I discovered that this is a good creative solution to cover up the arm and hand join, which are made separately.
The trousers are made from a denim material and when fitted to the doll’s body, they were a little bit wide. So another creative solution was to include the golden thread at the hips and criss cross the thread to echo the laces on the boots.
the hair and face
After the success of Amber’s doll, again I used acrylic paint to add the details and depth to the face.
Once again, I used my stripped T-shirt material to create the hair, which is becoming my preferred method and it is a really nice way to use up old jersey tops.