During this rather unusual period of time I thought it would be fun to look at different crafts and skills that in the past I have not felt I had time to teach myself or learn. One of these is making soft toys and dressing them up in handwoven outfits!!
I made this little chap, whose name is Eddie from this delightful book of Wee Wonderfuls that has a variety of simple dolls and puppets to make with their clothing. There are lots of line drawings and good instructions, so very easy to follow.
For the jacket I used a small remnant of handwoven cotton fabric, made on the rigid heddle loom. I covered the wrong side with woven iron-on interfacing to give the small piece strength and then sewed the seams by machine but added the binding by hand.
The trousers were made from another remnant left over from some dress fabric that I had woven on my rigid heddle loom using ribbon yarns and lurex. I put the woven iron-on interfacing on the wrong side as before but did the hems and seams by hand. The clothing patterns are supplied in the book for each doll and it was such fun to use up my off cuts of handwoven fabric that I had saved for so long!
Having these extra days to try out new ideas and more importantly take the time is a hidden opportunity in these times ahead. I hope you will all enjoy weaving on your rigid heddle looms and trying out new ideas in the coming months.
Happy weaving from us both