Flower Fairy Inspiration
I created this flower fairy doll for my friend Esme. We studied art together at college and then textiles at University.
When I think of the textile pieces she created, I always remember a strong floral influence and therefore this flower fairy cloth doll was born.
Creating The Look
My childhood memory of flower fairies and Esme’s style were combined with my own beautiful flower border to influence this fairy doll’s look.
Fortunately, I receive a selection of vintage fabrics including this delicate floral pattern used for the body. This was my starting point for the colour scheme, choosing coordinating pale pinks and purples for the rest of her clothing.
The flower fairy aesthetic was completed by adding a simple raw edged waist wrap detailed with a matching button and decorative ribbons. This was inspired by one of the first dolls I made from my Jan Horrox book.
The Fairy Wings
My favourite part of this doll, and biggest success, has to be the padded wings. For the reason that I adapted process I used to make the ears of my father’s Machi doll and upscaled this technique to create the wings.
To make them, I lightly padded the shape of the wing and top stitched the line details. As you can see the wings have been decorated with pearls and small beads, which were sewn on by hand.
I managed to tuck the raw edges inside the body before closing together with a ladder stitch. Buttons were used for strengthening stitches and extra detail.
“And as the seasons come and go, here’s something you might like to know. There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, in the air, playing games just like you play, singing through their busy day. So listen, touch, and look around — in the air and on the ground. And if you watch all nature’s things, you might just see a fairy’s wing.” (Author Unknown)
This post was originally published on August 26th 2015.