Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Lynley Mouse

This is a dear lil sweetie I call the 'Lynley Mouse' because the original was made for my dear friend Lynley as she was facing surgery.

Pattern available - 'Lil Sweeties'


Monday, October 7, 2013

Introducing Minnie

Minnie is a gorgeous lil raggie I have made, and is proving very popular.  She can be made out of a small amount of materials and is really quick.  She is 9 inches tall.

Such a little sweetie.


Basic Minnie

Minnie & Michael - lil gollies

Minnie - goth, steampunk, witch


Sunday, October 6, 2013

18 inch Doll Collection

In 2003, I published my first printed pattern, Ella, an 18 inch ballerina/fairy.  Over the next two years I continued to play with the 18 inch doll form and published a series of patterns.

Today, I am combining 12 of these patterns in this booklet.  You will be able to mix and match legs, arms, heads and bodies to make the designs given, or make your own unique doll.
This booklet starts with general doll making techniques and follows with specific instructions for the following dolls:  Gina, Gabriella, Isabella, Ella, Samara, Scarlett, Fern, Chloe, Bryony, Petal, Ayisha and Rosa.  It has full sized pattern pieces and is full of instructions and diagrams for all the dolls shown - or make your own!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Victoria - Witch

Hey there

And again, this Victoria is so versatile!!!
I had a bit of fun with her face - decided on mismatched buttons - one large, one small and with long eyelashes.  I think she's looking pretty good.


Victoria - Gorgeous Gollies

Hey there.

I've continued playing with Victoria....she is such a lovely size and shape, and just lends herself nicely to dressing in different costumes.
Victor as well!!!!


Monday, March 25, 2013


Victoria week continues.  The classic Victoria doll.

I have used the most lovely pink and blue ticking print for these dolls.  The hair is a cream boucle which I have cut into lengths, knotted into bunches and sewn around the seam line at the top of the head.  Shoes are painted, varnished and trimmed with braid with a little buckle on the side to look like little buckle shoes.

Victoria in pink

Victoria - pink and blue

Very pretty.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Victoria & Victor Clowning Around

Hey there

Victor and Victoria dressed as clowns.  What a lot of fun to make...I particularly like the idea of using different black and white prints for clowns, then adding a splash of colour.

Victor - Clowning Around

Victoria - Clowning Around

What a very cute couple.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Victoria Baby

Hey there.

I've been having a bit of a Victoria week.  Here is the finished Victoria Baby.  I love making this doll - she has the most beautiful lace.  I've used 4 different trims - 3 are beautiful Guipere lace, and one is ricrac.

Victoria baby

Close-up of lace used

Victoria Baby close-up

She is so sweet!


Sunday, February 3, 2013


Hi there

I also can't believe that it's been 10 years since I first published a pattern - Mermaid Magic - and it's still one of my most popular patterns, and one of my favourite dolls to make (and one of my best sellers at shows.)
Mermaid Magic - my first ever pattern
In recognition of this, I have declared February to be "MERMAID MONTH" - 30 % off all mermaid patterns!!! Don't forget that Rainbow Mermaids is available as a FREE download pattern and check out my I Love Mermaids quilt pattern - Come and join me and make mermaids this month too!!!

Check out my Specials page on my website:  http://www.redhendesigns.co.nz/specials-xidc99980.html


Monday, January 28, 2013

Adriana - a new mermaid

Hey there

Introducing Adriana, a new mermaid.

She is about 26 inches in length and is sitting.  I used the same size as my teenage dolls, Bex & Astrid, lengthening out the body and adding a tail.  The tail is quilted - I lightly stuffed the tail before quilting, gives a nice puffy look.  Over the stitching lines, I have glued the most gorgeous pearl and ribbon braid - just perfect!!!

The head is the same size as the Bex doll, I really like the shape.  I found the Bex arms a bit big, so have made them smaller, so is more in scale.

I am really pleased with the way she has turned out - definitely will make some more to take to shows and will write up a pattern.

Watch this space!


Monday, January 14, 2013

BUBBLES a mermaid doll

Hi all

I have been making mermaids - Bubbles is a lovely small-ish mermaid which is designed to hang on the wall, or as a mobile.  They are quite quick and easy to make, very similar to Rainbow Dancers.

For painting the face, use the tutorial for Lavinia.  I used a mixture of fibes for the hair, and put a string of beads and some fringe around the waist.  The little boobs are suffolk puffs (yo-yoes).  A little piece of ribbon for hanging them.

Like to have a go at making one of these?  As a featured blog doll, the pattern is discounted on my website.

While you are there, check out the companion quilt!  I Love Mermaids is a fantastic qult I made several years ago, featuring these little mermaids and undersea creatures.

I Love Mermaids Quilt 

I have also put the pattern for this quilt at a discount price.