One of my favourite things about creating patterns is seeing what other people make using my design as a jumping off point.
Jo Burke was a "beginner" when she attended one of my doll making classes for the first time at Blue Haze in Chesham.
Jo seemed to skip right over the pitfalls that many beginners face (stuffing that looked like lumpy doll cellulite, an eye that looks wonky no matter what you do with it - sound familiar to any doll makers out there?) and jumped right to utter fabulousness.
Jo decided to participate in my Mystery Doll pattern offer where doll makers got a very special discount for buying a pattern without knowing what it was ahead of its release. The pattern was later revealed to be my Counting Down the Days pattern.
In creating her version of this doll, Jo really got geared up. She made a Steampunk version which really worked well with the Victorian costuming for Counting Down the Days.
Jo told me "I decided to make her a steampunk doll so chose the fabrics appropriately, I sewed watch cogs and watch parts onto her dress, I also adapted her hat to make it more like a top hat. It was a great pattern to follow and I really enjoyed making her!"