Oat cakes.

This time of the year, there seems to be constant baking, at least in my mind. Oh! who am I kidding? We all know I am constantly talking about food in this corner of the world. 

Aspen, a custom 17" tall Figlette, a natural fiber art doll by Fig and Me. #dollmaking #waldorfinspired #fiberart

You know you have been reading my adventures for far too long if you remember Dreams of Caraway Seeds, or Honey Poppyseed, I actually created an entire collection back then with food names. The nerve. 

More recent talk had these two dreaming of Licorice, and I know I am always feeding porridge to the dolls. But today? today it was all about oat cakes.

Tall boots, to walk the many trails. Made of lambswool and merino with leather straps, lined and oh! so cozy. via Fig and Me #dollmaking #dollclothing

Playing on a bed of leaves. By Fig and Me. #naturalfiberartdoll #dollmaking #customdoll

Aspen thinking about important stuff. via Fig and Me #dollmaking #clothdoll

You see? yesterday morning I read a recipe for oat cakes and I just haven't been able to stop thinking about them. Aspen, such an appetite this one!, requested them today and well, what do you know? We might just have to make ourselves a treat for afternoon tea. Don't you agree?

The recipe was found in the book I shared with you in my previous newsletter. But I am transcribing it here, in case you too want to indulge in such delicacies: 

"The havercake or oatcake recipes of the Dales varied from one locality to another. Some were leavened with yeast to make a rather rubbery bread, some were crumbly, biscuit-like mixtures of meal, water and a little fat. To make a simple, crips type of oatcake, melt a walnut-sized piece of lard or dripping in 2 tablespoons of hot water and pour it on to 4 oz of medium oatmeal mixed with a pinch of salt. Knead the mixture into a ball, then flatten it with the hand into a disc about 1/8 in thick - or make several small discs if the mixture is very crumbly. Slide the oatcake on to a hot griddle, or into a lightly-greased frying pan, and cook for a few minutes until crisp."
James Herriot

Aspen, a natural fiber art doll by Fig and Me. #dollmaking #artdoll

Aspen, a natural fiber art doll by Fig and Me #dollmaking #clothartdoll #naturalfiberartdoll

Aspen playing outside, a natural fiber art doll by Fig and Me. #dollmaking #waldorfinspired #clothdoll

There you have it. Now, if you will excuse me, I have some havercakes or oatcakes to make for this most delicious child. She has a pièce de résistance in the name of a coat (perhaps you checked my Instagram stories over the weekend? I shared a bit of the process there) that still needs a bit more pampering before we call the whole thing "in the bag". 

She also has a pet. A very shy pet that I can't wait to introduce you. My first forray into a fully needlefelted animal. A realistic sort of animal that is. Progress is slow but she is patient. We shall come back late in the week to show you. 

Aspen, a natural fiber art doll by Fig and Me. #clothdoll #dollmaking #dollclothing

Posted on October 30, 2017 .

Jammies.

Windy and overcast days are good for loads of things, but they are especially great for building forts in the living room and telling your sister stories.

The girls are spending the whole day in their night clothes. via Fig and me.

Of course I wish I could have stayed with them, dragging blankets, making tea and eatings lots of toast under their fortress. Alas, my fortune today had to do with several loads of laundry, walking the dog, putting lunches in backpacks, walking children to and fro school and more. I did eat toast, sampled the tea, and snuggled for a bit with these two, while I listened to Amanda tell stories.

Amanda, a custom natural fiber art doll by Fig and Me.

Miss Manda, by Fig and Me.

Aoki in her flannel pajamas. By Fig and Me. 

Their pajamas were the first outfit I made for them. Somehow I knew they were going to kick around longer than usual and decided to make them something comfortable to lie about in the house. 

Amanda's set is made with a repurposed waffle-knit cotton fabric, long sleeves and a pretty detail of pintucks and buttons on front. Her mother is a true romantic so I wanted to send her home with something floral.

Aoki's set is made with THE softest cotton flannel ever. It has cute little pigs and white dots all over. The top has wide sleeves and peter pan collar, and the legs are very wide and cozy too. I trimmed it with tiny blue ric rac. One of my favourite things to use when designing doll clothes. We were going to add a pocket but in the end decided against it.

Amanda telling stories to Aoki, by Fig and Me. 

Of course, they had to have matching bunny slippers. Since Sakasu has a pair, and we know how Sakasu gets, we just had to prop them up for their arrival.

Their pair is made with wool-blend felt, lined in corresponding fabrics, with cute added ears and wee bits of embroidery. Yes, yes. I made a pattern this time and with some jars of coffee and some encouragement, I shall muster the strength to publish it and put it in the shop.

From here on out I am going to try to publish all my clothing patterns in several sizes. This is such a requested feature, and you ladies are always asking me if this fits that, or if that fits this one, and since my dolls have SUCH different pattern, sizes and proportions, I thought to make it a bit easier on all of us, and just do the thing right from the beginning.

This of course is not a matter of mere "down-sizing" the pattern, this is way more involved than that. Their feet have very different shapes, therefore I have to draft a pattern for each size, and the pattern pieces don't always look the same.

Trying to make the instructions to be the 'same' for all sizes though…that's stretching my brain just a bit. So just keep an eye out, and wish me good luck. It is my wish to close this year with lots of clothing patterns so you can all spend leisurely time sewing and knitting for your dolls, so be it.

The dolls in their matching wool felt bunny slippers. by Fig and Me. 

The dolls, I mean, the girls playing. By Fig and Me. 

As for Amanda and Aoki, they only have to model one more outfit for us. Rumour has it they will be going home next week, but ssshhhh…don't tell their mother. We like to tease her and keep her waiting.

To be continued.