Pattern making sucks.  That’s why I don’t do it often… Once every three years is fine with me.  But there was just notheing out there that I wanted to make for the Toy Society, so new doll, here I come.

The Toy Society recommends child safe toys, so I was fiddling around with safety eyes as joints.

This is how the first pattern draft came out.  It’s pretty much a match to my sketch, but what comes out on paper isn’t necessarily what I wanted.  It looks too much like a teddy bear, and they are a dime a dozen.

This is body number 5.  Still not what I want – I decided here that it wasn’t cheeky enough, and although the arms and legs are more to what I want, they aren’t there yet.

I’m finally pleased with this body.  The head is cheeky enough, no weird lumps in the back of the head, and the shape of the body will lend well to jointing.  I have an arm at home that I like the look of, and I am still working on the leg.

Was all this really necessary? Well, no.  I could have just selected any old pattern out of cyberspace and whipped one up for the Toy Society.  But that wouldn’t truly be mine.  In a sense, what I really want to do is send a piece of myself out there to be loved by a child.  When I started distributing the Poppet Pattern, I loved seeing children playing with a toy that I conceived, and I loved that moms were so proud that they had made them.  I had made a difference in those lives and it gave me a sense of satisfaction.

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One thought on “The Evolution of a Pattern

  1. You are amazing. I tried my hand at pattern design once and was so miserable that I have never thought twice about loving somebody else’s pattern. I enjoy tweaking designs to suit my needs.
    Anyhow what I really wanted to say was I loved your last paragraph. I love being able to make toys for little ones but I’d love it even more to sit with those who want to share them with the people in their lives. The times I’ve been able to do this are extra special. You have shared such a special gift with people through the work you put into your patterns.

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