These are the dolls inspired by the Apache Medicine Bag I saw this fall. I've been struggling along with this idea for weeks, so I was pleased to finish these figures. Each is about 20" tall and designed to hang on the wall. I had originally planned for these figures to have arms built on a tube and held out straight to the sides with a simple cut dowel for hands. When I decided to bend the arms down I got involved in making wrapped wire arms with polymer clay hands.
I have one more hand painted fabric I'd like to use in this way, and then maybe it will be time to move on.
This doll is smaller at about 15" tall.
I enjoyed developing the quilting and the texture of the fringe and beads. Very near the end of the process I realized that she would be so cute with little feet, and this began a frustrating struggle. This might have been much easier if
I had thought of this detail in the first place. Back tracking is always harder, but worthwhile in this case.
Now that I am looking at this photo I see that perhaps I should make the arms dangle, too.