Saturday, July 19, 2008
Making A Clown Doll For A New Baby Boy In Finland
While Riitta was busy on her sewing machine, making zippered penciled cases for birthday gifts, I decided to create some cloth dolls with remnants.
As you can see, using scraps of fabric over the past few days, I made a clown doll for a new Baby Boy. Actually, I made two, one is for another baby due in a few months. The babies are in the extended Finnish family of my friend, Riitta.
The custom in Finland is to not rush into naming an infant, but rather to wait, as long as necessary, for the child's personality to reveal itself and suggest a name.
...HERE IS RIITTA ON HER MACHINE...
(OUTI IS IN THE BACKGROUND, WORKING ON A SCRAPBOOK)
The cloth scraps came from an old shirt of Riitta's daughter Outi, a 35 year old sheet, and leftovers from sewing projects (tablecloths, pillow covers). I loved the project, and am onto making a quilted pillow for Outi's first apartment. This 19 year old dancer is headed for school this fall in Tampere, and her first apartment.
I cut out circles of fabric, about 4 or 5 inches in diameter, then sewed along the edges....pulled them into a smaller circle. These smaller circles were strung on heavy yarn, about 10 circles per arm, 16 per leg, 6 for the body.
Thanks, Mom, for giving me your pair of old socks for this trip. They came in handy for clown faces!
Posted by Bethany at 7/19/2008 06:35:00 AM