Spread a heartfelt message not just in song this festive season, but with your crafting skills when you sew this gorgeous little angel doll pattern. Designed by the skillful hands of Natalie Bird, this quirky doll pattern is worked in a vintage palette of duck egg blue and rust red, with a faded gold thrown into the mix. With her painted face and boots, and pigtails made of jute twine, this delightful doll will add a touch of whimsy to your Christmas decorating this year.
Full materials list included in instructions
Detailed step-by-step instructions, colour photographs and clear diagrams take you through the each step of this doll pattern.
Pattern sheet is included with templates for the doll, ready for tracing.
This doll pattern works very well with any number of colour palettes. You can let your imagination run wild.
Except for the doll's clothing, this project is worked using the trace, sew and cut method; that is, the traced lines are the stitching lines and a seam allowance is added when cutting out.
Makes a great gift for a new little baby.
This project is recommended for an intermediate crafter who wants to extend their doll making skills.
Why this particular craft? I’ve tried lots of different crafts, but I think patchwork appeals to me so much because it can incorporate many things I love; hand appliqué, embroidery, EPP and the opportunity to create something that will be used and hopefully loved and enjoyed long after I’m gone.
If you weren’t doing this, what else would occupy your time? If I hadn’t started my business designing in the patchwork industry, I’d still be working as a graphic designer or something else creative. I still enjoy graphic-design work, which I do get to incorporate when I create my books.
Who taught you your crafting skills? My mum was a teacher and loves craft. We did every type of craft over the years. She tried to get me interested in patchwork long before I was, but I resisted. When I did eventually try it, I thought, “Yep, this is my thing”.I am very stubborn, though, and I usually like to jump in and work things out myself. I learn best this way.
What does this craft mean to you? I’ve met some of my best friends, from a shared passion for patchwork. Designing and working in this industry has allowed me to be at home while my girls grew up, to travel all over the world teaching and to be creative every day. I am very grateful for this.
Is it hard to find time to do it or is it a profession? If you love what you do, it’s not really hard work, but a joy. Luckily I’m a night owl, so I get a lot done in the evenings, after dinner is done, the family is in bed and the phone isn’t ringing.
From where do you draw inspiration? I’m mostly inspired by my family and friends, nature, critters, the garden and home. These themes appear in many of my designs. I like to include heartfelt verses and messages, also.
Why this skill – and this style? I have always leaned toward creative pursuits. I love handwork, in particular. It soothes my soul, when life is busily rushing around me. Needleturn appliqué, embroidery and EPP, keep my hands busy but still let my mind wander.
Where do you live and work? I live in my workspace. I do have an office, where I write patterns and books and we keep our stock, but I design and stitch at our dining table in the family room. I never wanted a sewing room where I would be away from the rest of the family. Soon after I began designing, we bought a much larger dining table, so I could have my work at one end and still have everyone sitting down to dinner. It’s messy, though, which is definitely the downside.