by Deanne Crim ~ Crafty Crusader
Then I created a regular ol' word document (because I don't own a photoshop program...I'm not sure why?) and I uploaded the doll images onto each page with as many as would fit comfortably, making sure to leave space in between for sewing/seam allowance, and be sure to add room at the bottom of each doll approximately the same length as the upper body, to create a lower body. Nothing fancy, just enough space to add a few inches below the image in a softened triangle or rectangle shape (that will later be covered with trim and embellishments).
(This canvas fabric works wonderfully!)
(This is my Epson printer...nothing expensive or special, just a regular home unit)
Again, using E6000 adhesive, I attached the trim, pinning it into place until the adhesive cured. *Note: You will want to remove the pins within an hour or so, otherwise you might find yourself with pliers trying to extract the glued pin!! (I know because I did it!)
My answer is an emphatic "NO!!! Absolutely NOT!!"
Please do not ever use a hot glue gun for your heirloom crafts, I beg you!! I have personal experience with the heartbreak of glue gun fails, and it goes way deeper than just burning fingers. Glue gun assembled crafts DO NOT STAND THE TEST OF TIME!! They fall apart when hot weather turns to cold, and back again, and over time the glue goes from soft and grabby to cold and let-goey!
Those who know me well, already know the answer...use them as EYE CANDY to make people smile!! Hang them where they will make YOU smile...where you can pick them up and make them dance! Anywhere you want be reminded how much you love someone! Put them in eyesight of visitors to your home, who will want to touch and play and explore! Hang them on your cabinet pulls, door knobs, and furniture handles for an added dose of whimsy throughout your home!
One of my favorites is the Tassel Doll I made for a new friend of mine, Carla Zmr. We connected unexpectedly through a Facebook craft group, and our Hawaiian connection bonded us immediately. I attended college, met my hubby, and lived there for 4 years, and have a deep connection to the islands. As it turns out, Carla's mom was a professional Hula Dancer for many years, and had recently passed away. She was heartbroken and inspired by a tropical hula necklace I had made, and reached out to me. To make a long story short, her mom seems to visit my heart, and inspired me to make Carla her own Tassel Doll, Hula style, using an old Hula photo of her mom. I haven't sent it off to her yet, and hope the surprise won't be spoiled by this blog post, but to be honest, I had to request the photo from Carla for the project, so she knows sumpthin is coming! Carla, if you see this first...SURPRISE!!! And I couldn't resist making one of her mom and dad in a more recent photo...I thought her dad might find comfort as well, and I'll let them fight over who gets which one!! <3
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to create your own unique Tassel Dolls! If you do, I would love to see what you come up with! We each see the world through a prism of unique colors and ideas, and I am always intrigued and honored to see what my art inspires in others! You are also encouraged to share thoughts and questions in the comment section below, I would love to hear from you!!
Deanne Crim ~ Crafty Crusader