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May. 25th, 2014

08:54 pm - Myths

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I have no shame... =( Shameless McShameless III, that's me.
Still fighting the delays from February and I keep hoping for a chance to make proper posts here, but time just slips through my fingers, so I have to resort to massive post dumps on the days where I'm too tired to sew, such as today.
Let us begin!

First, a couple of mythological ladies, orders from the lovely L., in the UK, who wanted her litte Guybrush Deridoll to have some company. =)

Little Medusa
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Simpler than my first Medusa, who was half snake herself, this little one was far more elegant and her snakey hair has better wire structures to allow for easier bending/posing.

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Not exactly the pattern I think of when thinking of Ancient Greece, but I embroidered the neckline of her dress in closed feather stitch, which I love dearly. <3

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I wanted her eyes to look a bit reptilian, so her sequins are a mix of yellow and green.

Little Maat
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The Egyptian goddess of truth and a whole new take for me on wings!

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I'm actually a bit sad about her hair. =( Beads at the bottom of the hair don't work so nicely as in the top, where I can push the knots against the top of the head and get a more consistent length.

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But, all in all, I'm super proud of her. She's beautiful and regal and the wings steal the show, imho. <3

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From:sprnaturalgrl
Date:May 26th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
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All of the dolls in these posts are fantastic! Whenever I come round again, I'm wondering something. Do you ever do repeat dolls? I LOVE LOVE LOVE Maat. She's such a lovely representation, and I'm an Ancient Egyptian-aholic more than anything else. If you don't do repeats, I can pick another subject from the Old Kingdom.

Oh, one more thing: my Arwen doll has lost her head. My dad's puppy got ahold of her and I grabbed her quick enough to get the doll & head out of her mouth without damage. How would I go about sewing the head back on?
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From:lejays17
Date:May 26th, 2014 11:42 am (UTC)
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Oh, that's terrible about Arwen! I hope Deri can perform long-distance surgery for her!
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From:deriana
Date:May 26th, 2014 01:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm terrible at explaining it, but let me try.
First of all, push the dress and the hair out of the way as much as the felt allows and pin it out of the way.
Overlap the front of the body with the head a bit (too much and she won't have any "neck", too little and the head will be wobbly).
Starting from the back, with the thread already securely locked with a couple of stitches to the body, use a ladder stitch between the body and the head, then move the needle to the front of the body, lift her chin a little, and repeat, this time from the front, securing the bottom back of her head to her chest.
I usually continue working around to add a third row of stitches in the back.
If that didn't make much sense and you PROMISE not to laugh at my home PJs and hair =P, I can record myself doing it while I work on my next doll.
Or, if you prefer, we can try and find a cheaper shipping form and I'll repair her for you myself.
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From:deriana
Date:May 26th, 2014 01:50 pm (UTC)
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=D Thank you, darling!
Oh, I'd be more than happy to! I love ancient Egypt and I'd be delighted to have a chance to improve on thsi new design!
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From:lejays17
Date:May 26th, 2014 11:44 am (UTC)
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Oh, the Maat is stunning, and her wings! Just wow!!

The medusa's hair looks very top-heavy - does she have a tendancy to fall flat on her face?
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From:deriana
Date:May 26th, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! =D
Not at all! I used jewelry wire, quite light and flexible, and being able to pose the snakes means the doll can be balanced from the top.
Maat, on the other hand, depends on the wings for no face-planting. =) then again, she'd face-plant because of them, sooooo...
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From:loxleyprince
Date:May 29th, 2014 08:50 am (UTC)
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OMG - Maat's wings - they're utterly, utterly perfect!!! And I love her beautifully decorated hair and her pretty headdress and matching collar! You've created another miniature masterpiece, you clever, clever girl!

As for Medusa - Snakes! SNAKES!!!!! But what cute little snakes they are. :-)
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From:deriana
Date:May 31st, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Eheheh! Thank you very much! <3 I thought about trying the technique I used for our boys' eagle's feathers, but ended up returning to my classic wings.

I keep thinking of them like silly sidekicks of hers. I imagine them giving her stupid ideas for what to do when humans show up on her doorstep and she having to shush them continuously. :D
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From:loxleyprince
Date:May 31st, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Silly sidekicks! OMG that's adorable! Now I'm thinking of them whispering "Flap! Flap! That'll really impress the humans! Go on! Flap! You *know* you want to!!!" excitedly to her :-)
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From:inanna_maat
Date:May 31st, 2014 12:43 am (UTC)
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WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT??? A LITTLE MAAT???? I wannaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.... and do you know? I´ll ask you for one!!! My little goddess, it´s on my nick, I need her!!!! And Medusa is sooooooooo cute too!!!
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From:deriana
Date:May 31st, 2014 07:11 pm (UTC)
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LOL It does! I think of you as Nuria or Inanna and never remember the Maat-part!
I'd be delighted! Whenever you want to, drop me a line for her. It will be fun to revisit the design and see if I can fix my hair issue with her. =)
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