I’ve been working on developing my own patterns for posable fabric dolls recently, and reading a tooooon of doll-making books, and it got me thinking that I’ve really missed doing posable doll swaps. I think the last ones were on the old site-that-shall-not-be-named. I remember loving being part of the “Art Doll Swap” (my first big swap there) and the “Craft a C-ster Friend Doll Swap,” where you actually made a doll that looked like (or was at least heavily inspired by) your partner.
I have never actually run a swap before, although I have participated in many, and I think this would be an awesome one to start with, since it’s something very personally exciting.
Types of Poseable Dolls
-Sewn (fabric, felt, multimedia)
-Knitted/Crocheted (usually called amigurumi, but can be super complex)
-Needle-felted (with attached jointed limbs and such)
-Sculpted in various mediums with jointing systems (clays, wood, glue/pulp, etc.)
Themes to Inspire
-A mini-me doll that looks like you or your child
-A doll of a favorite book or comic/manga or movie character
-A doll of an original character you describe
-A traditional-style “rag” doll
-A doll inspired by the traditional garments of various cultures around the world
-A doll inspired by other art dolls or art prints you’ve seen (although it’s not generally considered appropriate to fully copy someone else’s work for distribution; it’s kind of a murky area I’d prefer to avoid)
-A doll inspired by an idea or something you love, like “space,” or “forest spirits,” or “birds of prey,” or meteorology," etc.
-A doll created from a particular pattern (free ones only, though), such as the ever-popular Poppets by Ghilie (if you know, you know)
-And so on!
I’m thinking ~2 week sign-up time, with a ~2 month crafting time, since I think a posable doll with an outfit is definitely a Very Large.
So, who would be interested in joining a swap like this?