I finished this art doll yesterday. We've had grey skies and lots of snow, so I had to take the pictures inside. It's not my favorite lighting, but you can see the details fairly well.
The doll is a large version of Belinda's icicle dolls. (Click on my "art dolls" label, at right, for more details.) The body is pieces from my scrap bag, free-motion quilted onto felt -- a technique I learned in Alma Stoller's class at Artfiberfest. I loosely crocheted ribbon yarns on a big hook to make the dreadlocks, and then sewed them into the top seam after I stuffed the doll. The face is drawn with a Gelly Roll pen onto muslin.
Some of the seams between the fabric scraps were loose, so I decided to embellish with beads, sequins, and embroidery, mostly along those seams. One of the reasons that I love embellishment is that it hides my mistakes! And hey, no piece is really "mine" until it has some beads on it.
This is a gift for a friend. She may well see it on the blog before she gets it in the mail. I hope it's a pleasant surprise when it arrives.