DeriDolls and ocasional ramblings
Apr. 19th, 2030
06:05 pm - Want a Deridoll?
Tudor Deridolls available for order at The Anne Boleyn Files
(Montage made by Tim of The Anne Boleyn Files)
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Custom order FAQ
My dolls are about 9cm (approx. 3.5inches) tall and are completely handmade with several kinds of felt, from pure wool/cotton/poly to all kinds of blends of these materials.
Changes in doll size (anywhere from 5cm to 40cm) are available upon request.
The cost of a custom doll depends on the detail it requires.
Regular sized dolls' prices start at 21€ (approx. 28USD) and vary depending on the details/layers required.
I can give a more accurate cost after studying an image of the figure the doll is to represent.
Stocked dolls have discounts. You can see the available dolls here: http://deridolls.deviantart.com/gal
I deal with the orders in a first-come-first-served basis, so there's usually a waiting period before I can get started on a new order.
Buyers are contacted as soon as I'm ready to get started on their particular orders and a 50% deposit is required at that time.
After completion of the order, photos of it are sent for approval and, upon receiving said approval, the final 50% + shipping&handling are requested.
Shipping and handling is usually 5.20€ (approx. 7USD) to most countries and, when available for the destination, it includes an international tracking number.
Customs charges, in the off chance they should occur, are the responsibility of the buyer.
Favored payment method is Paypal, but I also accept money transfers through Western Union or Moneygram.
My dolls are not suitable for small children.
Another important info is that, although my home and craft room are smoke-free, they are also pet-friendly.
Should you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask, either in a comment here or to my e-mail: email@example.com
Dec. 19th, 2013
09:09 pm - The Doctor Project™
2008 was the year when I began the Tudor Project™. 2013 is the year when I began a new adventure: the Doctor Who Project™!
A challenge set by the lovely lejays17, I'm taking on ALL the regenerations of the Doctor!
The way we have it planned, there will be a Doctor a month until they are all done, so Whovians, brace yourselves! ;) Dolls are coming!
Meet the original Doctor:
Isn't he fierce? =)
I was completely in the zone while embroidering his pants! =D I only had to re-do 2 stitches! I never thought I'd see the day!
The first versions of the Doctor had a blue ring with some unspecified powers, I've learnt.
And he got himself a removable monocle as well.
"I'm watching you..."
The adventure has begun! Wish me luck!
Dec. 8th, 2013
09:00 pm - Madsen - Duendelirium
It's about time I show off this little guy here!
An order from the wonderful S., from my darling Corte de la Rosa, meet little Madsen, one of the members of the spanish band Duendelirium: http://www.duendelirium.com/sitio_en/ma
He was so much fun to make! From his embroidered make-up to his violin (my first violin!), I had a ball working in those tiny details of his stage persona!
All his accessories are removable.
His violin ties closed with a tiny snap button and the bow stays put with a thread loop on his hand, as you can see.
His embroidered mask also has a nose.
I think we can call it a feather epaulette, right?
And S. sent me this darling photo of her doll and Madsen's together!
Nov. 29th, 2013
07:23 pm - Doctor Who - Ten
As well as an Austen fan, the lovely B. is a Whovian, it seems. =) And she also asked for a Ten doll.
It's my 3rd time with this character, but the first with the blue suit.
Also, I tried my hand at a sonic screwdriver with two kinds of wire and a blue bead.
At the time she placed her double order B. sent me this cartoon:
And, when she got her dolls, she sent me this:
Nov. 25th, 2013
10:02 pm - Jane Austen II
Another Jane Austen doll for the lovely B.!
This time, inspired by a painting that it's still being discussed if it really is Jane Austen or not, but it's a lovely painting and it translated into doll form beautifully, imho.
Her gown is very simple. Besides the obvious purple ribbon belt, I gave her a ruched organza layer on the neckline and a yellow underskirt.
My first closed parasol! Quick and cute. One day I'll figure out a way of making a functional parasol, but not yet.
And, although no one else would see a reason for it, I'm in love with her necklace. I was messing around with beads and failing miserably, so I tried something inspired by a piece of stump embroidery I once saw and it worked! *does a little dance*
Garçonne hair in the front, simple bun in the back.
B. asked if I could also give her a ring like Jane's.
Nov. 20th, 2013
09:49 pm - Hear us roar!
My dear lejays17 was the origin of my first foray into the amazing A Song of Ice and Fire universe!
Inspired by their Game of Thrones characters, meet the Lannister twins, Cersei and Jaime.
By right of birth, Cersei was the first. =)
Love her so much! Lover her hair and her bright colours and her aura and absolutely everything! <3
The arm didn't have enough length for all I originally wanted to do, but I used some more of this pretty gold lace on the wrist and pequinese stitch for the elbow.
We wanted her to have some sort of lion imagery to her, so Etsy to the rescue! =D I found these perfect brass lions pendants with the perfect size!
But Cersei didn't travel alone! Escorting her, a member of the Kings Guard.
The helmet went smoothly and the fabulous silver pequinese stitch got the embroidery done quickly. The scales took a while, but a lot could have gone wrong with him and it didn't, so I'm deeming him a sweetheart. <3
And here's Jaime without his helmet.
I'm particularly proud of his hair. I think I got the look pretty close.
The sleeves have the same scale-effect and silver embroidery as the armour.
And here they are together!
Nov. 11th, 2013
08:01 pm - Pollaiuolo's Lady
Renaissance fashion is my first love, but even that can hurt sometimes.
This next doll was an order from the lovely F., in the Netherlands, and is simply adorable, but it meant all sorts of trouble as well.
Meet Paula, the name I gave Pollaiuolo's Lady since his name is too much of a tongue-twister for me. :)
Ears were a must, even if they ended up covered in organza.
And I'm still smitten by the tiny pearls I got. <3 I had to resort to online-bought pearls because my usual supplier stopped having white pearls and the cream ones flake A LOT. Although these get a bit more costly because of the shipping, they're wonderful and the perfect scale for my babies.
And here's where all hell broke loose. Her hairdo had so many versions and tries it still isn't funny to remember. To sew all day just to undo it ALL at the end of the day was heartbreaking, but I stuck to my guns and kept trying until I was happy.
She now has the honour of my most complex hairdo to date. :)
The inside of the sleeve is simpler, just with the middle grid embroidered, but I gave the outside a bit of extra oomph!
Oct. 19th, 2013
04:17 pm - Arwen Undomiel
It's been a while since my last pointy-eared doll, so I was happy to revisit the style with an order from the lovely sprnaturalgrl for a Lord of the Rings' character: Arwen.
Isn't she pretty? <3
Her gown is simple, but delicious nonetheless.
Meet my new love, the Pequinese stitch. <3<3<3<3<3<3
The gold thread I have was too diferente a shade of the gold lace ribbon I wanted to use on her sleeves, so I twirled it together with silver thread and, surprisingly, it worked!
Above mentioned lace ribbon. Why didn't I buy more of it when I had the chance?! =( Now I can't find it anywhere!
The traditional scale shot.
The current doll is being a particularly difficult birth. Wish me luck!
Love you all,
Oct. 14th, 2013
06:39 pm - Minette Stuart
I love playing around with new royal characters!
This time was M.'s request for Henrietta of England, Charles I' daughter, also known as Minette, a character of one of her own books! Check them out here: http://madameguillotine.org.uk/
Before anyone mentions the colour difference, M. told me Minette actually had auburn hair and not the dark hair you see on the portrait.
Curls! Minette got a double layer of curls instead of the usual one. Extra curly cuteness!
M. said that I wasn't to worry about the cloak, but I wanted to suggest it somehow, so I did a little embroidery of fleur-de-lis on her outer sleeves.
The traditional scale shot. =)
Oct. 13th, 2013
01:26 pm - Mummer
O_O It has been over a month since my last post here...
September was hellish on several fronts and I rather not dwell on them, so let's move on and present some long overdue dolls.
First, a special order from the wonderful P.
She asked for a doll of her father in a very particular costume, that of a Philadelphia Mummer: http://www.brokenteepee.com/2010/05/bef
And here's the doll version of that photo!
Oh, boy! It wasn't an easy job!
The mummer costume was heavily decorated (P. said there wasn't an inch of it without sequins!), so I had to balance that with how much the doll's size could take without being buried in it.
To lessen the pressure on my poor fingers, nothing is removable, not even the glasses.
The back is equally decorated with stitching, petals and beads, the works!
P. said the beer was a must-have, so I did a tiny beer can and tried my best at embroidering a "Bud" on it.
Aug. 26th, 2013
09:10 pm - Romance and horror
As a closet romantic, I was super excited when I received an order from the lovely E. for a Jane Austen Deridoll.
My first bonnet! *dances*
I'm not very good with 3D, so I grabbed some wrong-felt (a bad purchase a couple of year ago) and just went at it with the scissors for a pattern. A few minuted later, at a first try, pattern done! *high-fives self*
For decoration I just went with ribbon roses.
Her dress was a bit of a mix'n'match with another portrait and personal preference.
I really like the organza neckerchief under the sky blue felt.
The writing quill in her hand was a special request from E.
And from love and roses we move on to murder and horror. =)
"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'"
Lil' Edgar Alan Poe Deridoll.
My second attempt at eyebrows (the first was Frida Kahlo) and my first bird plushie. No prototype on the later. It came out like that on first try. =D
The raven was left unattached so she could pose it on his shoulder or hand.
I was afraid of the bird when I accepted this order, but the real ordeal was something else. Edgar's hair was a slice of HELL! 5 versions before I got it right! FIVE!
"And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!"
Aug. 6th, 2013
07:59 pm - Captain Jack Harkness
My darling graymalkin asked me for a Captain Jack Harkness companion to her Doctor Who doll.
And here he is!
The handsome captain was inspired by a few images, including this one.
I very much like how I tackled the wings on his hat. Chain stitch to the rescue! =)
Although his long coat is the eye-catcher, his pilot uniform also has a few details.
The embroidered emblem didn't go well, as you can see... =(
But the hair did, though! =)
graymalkin asked that his coat's collar be turned up and that came out wonderfully.
I especially love the buttons on his shoulders. <3
She has already sent me some great photos of both her boys together, but I'm thinking of making a BIG post just with client photos. =D I've been sent many amazing photos! I'm a lucky Deri!
Aug. 5th, 2013
04:00 pm - Saint Ansgar
This one has a story to it.
The wonderful M. contacted me for a very special doll that was to be her surprise birthday present for her father. We timed the doll so it would be shipped to her new home across the pond in the UK and it became her first mail there.
They managed to keep it secret and it became the family's project, so to speak, to surprise her father with it. And they did! =)
Meet Saint Ansgar, a medieval german bishop who rose to sainthood. This doll was inspired by a mix of his statue: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c
For his tunics' hems I used some soutache cord (I have mixed feelings about soutache right now. It seems like a promising material, but it does require some practice to use it to its full potential, I think) and closed feather stitch embroidery. Oh, I love that stitch so much! I hope I get more ocasions of putting it to use in the future.
And silk ribbon is such a pleasure to handle! I just wish the darn thing wasn't so slippery!
And this one is just to show the crosses on his gloves. =) Deja vu of my Monthy Python set.
03:05 pm - Nasir
Ready to fight Rome?
A while ago I made a doll of Spartacus' character, Agron, for my darling S. and she asked for a companion for him.
And here is little Nasir!
Back view to show his ponytail.
The shoulder armour he has is removable. It's built in the same way as my angel wings.
S. told me his scar was important, so there it is, under his ribs.
A cuddly little warrior. <3
02:57 pm - Richard II
*sigh* I really do apologize for the long silences here. From laziness to laptop freezing, to having to resize a ton of photos I had already uploaded, I've had little mind for LJ and the Backlog has grown like crazy in the meantime. Soooooo... I'm going to make as many posts today as I can. I apologize also for the near absense of text. I'm leaving the photos to do the talking and heaven knows how dangerous that is with my skill! =)
An order from the lovely K., here is a new English king to my collection! Richard II!
I really love my "ermine" trick. <3
Since his cloak isn't removable, it isn't easy to notice, but his sleeves have the same beading and french knots pattern as the rest of his tunic.
Isn't he majestic? =)
Too bad about how the real Richard met his end, though... =(
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