Sea Nymph Pattern - Incipient Madness
This pattern she drafted for a class she gave at the Maine Fiber College a few years ago. The tail is done with batik fabric and her hair is hand spun yarn. She has mother of pearl shoulder joints and is embellished with a variety seed beads. You can work up this pattern with materials from your stash.
If your stash is not plentiful enough, there some material kits available for this pattern. The kit contains the fabric (muslin and batik), yarn and beads to compliment the batik fabric in the kit as well as the mother of pearl buttons for the shoulder joints.
Complete supply list:
• Yarn for Hair - 2 oz. (50 g.) skein of fingering weight or sock yarn in merino wool, silk, angora , tencel or soy silk. Handspuns work well for this doll. Novelty yarns will work well as long as they are not too bulky. Eyelash yarn gives a nice “fluffy” look. If you have a simple smooth yarn that is a bit plain, it can be dressed up with an Oliver Twist one-off, orc other small skein of nubbly variegated specialty thread in a coordinating colorway.
• Fat 1/8 muslin for body (81/2” x 11”)
• 1/4 yd batik fabric for tail (17” x 22”)
• Matching thread for machine sewing
• Poly-fil stuffing
• 1 -2 yards 3/8” to 7/8” Wide organza or silk ribbon trim or wider organza ribbon or fabric to be cut down to size.
• Beads for decoration - seed beads or a mix of seed beads and some larger beads like the Miyuki Multi Mix
• Nymo bead thread for beading
• Beading needle
• 2 x 15mm Buttons for arm joints, try these or slightly smaller ones
• Black micron pigma pen (fine)
• Colored pencils - eye color, pink or blush for lips and cheeks
• Fine line mechanical pencil
• White gel pen (jellyroll)
• Ecru hand quilting thread
• Regular sewing supplies - sewing machine, scissors, needles, pins etc.
• 3” or 5” dollmaking needles
• #7 long darning needle
• Stuffing tools (bamboo skewers and chopsticks work well!)
• 2 - 3” Piece of Bamboo skewer or 1/8th” dowel for neck support
• Turning tubes