This idea did work, but it took a long time, and I had my doubts at every step! I was so weary of the whole thing when I had finished that I had to set it aside for a few weeks! Why did I ever think it would be great to make 12 of these dolls?
They came out for a photo session a few days ago and I want to share some details. My idea was to make 4 groups of 3 dolls, each doll with her eyes closed and head covered with a scrap of vintage lace. I wanted to explore neutral colors in pattern and texture, with a few pops of color. I wanted to make each figure complete in itself and a possible companion for any other of the 12. the dresses are fabric collage with some machine quilting as I have often used before. This time I added a bit of painting as needed, and a necklace, of course. Each doll is 13" tall and hangs on the wall.
There is more variety than I expected in the faces. They began their journey from the same pattern and materials, but each one became herself before I was finished.