jack sprat

October 19th, 2007

jack sprat could eat no fat

his wife could eat no lean

and so, betwixt them both

they licked the platter clean

Here they are staring at the clean platter.  The platter was kind of an afterthought actually (and I think it’ll probably end up as a rug in the dollhouse, because it looks more like a rug anyway) but it has given me a couple ideas for the dish who ran away with the spoon.   Jack and his wife turned out well–not quite as I imagined, but good enough.  I have this silly notion that if I can come up with the idea and draw it, then I can sew it.  When really I’m not a very experience sewer and even less experienced when it comes to soft toys.   These two, I think, are closer to dolls than to soft toys (if there is such a distinction).  And dolls are hard:  little limbs are hard, heads are hard, and hair is pretty much impossible.  I wanted Jack’s wife to have a little, neat bun, but instead she has a mass of wool dreadlocks rolled into a ball at the back of her head.  And the bonnet I made (pre hair) is a bit too small, but it matches her outfit–and it’s reversible–so it stays.

On the other hand, I’m very pleased with how Jack’s hair turned out.  Granted there isn’t much of it, but it turned out just as I pictured, so I’m happy.  He is a little lacking in the accessories department, so I think I might whip him up a little vest to wear to dinner.Just one more picture, so you can see his wife’s apron.  I based it on one of Amy Karol’s aprons in Bend the Rules Sewing and I’m happy to say her patterns are just as fabulous in teeny tiny sizes.If you’d like to see more pictures of these two you can jump over to my flickr page.  Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

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18 Responses to jack sprat

  1. Marcy says:

    These brought a smile to my face when I saw them in my tag surfer today.

  2. Nanette says:

    I ADORE these. The huffy arm-folding is just the business. Fantastic!

  3. sarahmasciana says:

    These are so fun! They look like they walked right out of a children’s book…

  4. VictoriaE says:

    I love them, they have a lot of character and the details are great.

  5. Lindy says:

    great job, those little arms and legs would have made me crazy!!

  6. sarah says:

    These are great- they remind me of me and my partner- he’s tall and skinny and I’m small and round!

  7. Bea says:

    I like them to! You must be very patient..

  8. stratfordspurlock says:

    these are FANTASTIC! your attenion to detail is wonderful. I havent seen great little dolls like this in a long time!

  9. Monica says:

    Elsie these are just fantastic! They’re so expressive… and detailed… you’re really really good!

    What’s next?

  10. Chris says:

    These are wonderful. I was stumbling through blogs today and am SO glad to have found yours and met this unforgettable couple!!

  11. kristin says:

    your dolls are wonderful! i love how you used the nursery rhyme as your inspiration

  12. Neta says:

    They are wonderful!
    I love your photos too.

  13. Myam says:

    Those are great! :D

  14. tracie says:

    They are wonderful!!!! I love love them. well done.

  15. Michelle says:

    They’re wonderful. It’s nice to see something different.

  16. twiddletails says:

    So cute! Your blog is lovely and full of inspiration.

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