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Sunday, January 8, 2012


Yesterday was the official release date of Death By Killer Mop Doll, the second book in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries about yours truly. Last week I featured directions for making a basic yarn doll. Today I'm featuring a way to turn that basic yarn doll into a lovely Victorian lass. 

If you'd like directions for making a mop doll, you'll find them in Death By Killer Mop Doll, and if you'd like a chance to win one of 5 signed copies of Death By Killer Mop Doll, post a comment to this blog or any of the blogs on author Lois Winston's January blog tour. You'll find the complete schedule on the sidebar to the right. -- AP

Refer to the materials list and directions from last Monday to make the basic yarn doll using a mohair type rose colored yarn. Decorate the doll as follows: 

sandy blond curly doll hair
4” doll hat
3” ecru lace fan
five 1/4” mauve ribbon roses
1/2 yd. 1/8” wide mauve satin ribbon
6” length 1” wide ecru lace
1/2 yd. 3/4" wide ecru lace
needle and thread
small amount baby’s breath
pink colored pencil or blush
tacky glue

1. Make doll according to Basic Yarn Doll directions (5/23/11.)

2. Cut 3-4 strands at a time of curly doll hair twice the desired length of hair. Glue midpoint of the hair to head, applying along the edge of muslin first. Then work in neat, evenly spaced horizontal rows from back of the neck up to top of the head. Untangle and trim to even out the length.

3. Cut 1” lace into three 2” pieces. Fold two pieces in half lengthwise. Using needle and thread, gather at folded edge. Tie one around each wrist.

4. Using needle and thread, gather remaining piece of 2” lace along one long edge. Glue under neck for jabot.

5. Glue a ribbon rose to top of jabot and at each cuff.

6. Glue hat to head. Glue 1/8” ribbon around hat, tying ends at center back. Glue baby’s breath and two ribbon roses to front of hat slightly off-center.

7. Glue fan to front of doll. Glue arms over fan.

8. Cut 3/4” lace into three 6” pieces. Tie each into a bow. Glue to bottom of “skirt.”

9. Color cheeks with pink pencil or blush.

Remember, post a comment for a chance to win a signed copy of Death By Killer Mop Doll. -- AP


Jane R said...

Very cute! And doesn't look that difficult to make either. Wouldn't she look cute in a little girl's room? Thanks for the instructions!

Liz said...

The best so far, Lois. So soft and appealing.


Thanks, Jane and Liz!

JenW!~ said...

My friends mom used to make those when I was a kids. I always thought they were cute.

Maureen Hayes said...

What a lovely doll, I wonder how difficult it would be to make? I am not usually good with things like this. Well, maybe one day we can win a doll with a book? (now I am just being greedy!). Thanks for the cance to enter.


Thanks, JenW!

Maureen, these dolls are very easy to make.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read the second book! Loved the first one, which is how I found this blog!

Enter me for a chance to win! Thanks!

Kim said...

So glad to have found your book. I needed a pick me up as your heroine situation sounds somewhat like mine, late husband wise. At least I got a few laughs out of it. Looking forward to reading your mop doll book. Kim


Thanks, Kim and Anonymous!