Meanwhile, I also picked up the "Bobbin Robin" pattern that was presented this year for Row by Row participants to make and use on their travels. Got her finished last week as I didn't pick up the pattern until we got back from our trips. She's making her entrance on this blog with her first Row pattern and quilt. She'll also be around when my Row By Row quilt is finally finished and if I remember, she'll be around when I visit shops next year for Row by Row 2016. btw. the theme will be announced tomorrow, Oct. 9.
In the picture on the left is "Bobbin Robin" then Beverly Ingram, owner of Quilter's Dream, and me on the right. You should see this quilt made from batiks and Moda fabrics. Really stunning.
Beverly suggested that I show you what I did with Bobbin Robin's boots.
As suggested in the pattern, I had bought shoes designed for 18" dolls (American Girl type dolls). Went to Walmart and they had a little package of boots for less than $4. They are slit up the back to make it easy for a child to slip on the doll (since the doll's feet don't bend).
After I had made Bobbin Robin and got her stilt legs readied to put into her body, I needed a way to use the boots to help hold her steady while I fit the legs to her body. I had a couple of empty plastic spools from Coats & Clarks (size that holds 300yds) that just barely squeezed into the boots. They held in enough that they could be used to steady her body while I adjusted where they went into her body. I then thought that I would probably only need to use the air dry clay (suggested in the directions with the pattern) to permanently hold the spools inside and there would still be enough clay inside the boot to give the boots the weight needed to hold everything steady when all was done. That meant that she could have a change of shoes in the future.
So, I put a couple of wads of the clay inside each boot pushing it solidly into the toe area and leaving a good layer on the bottom to push the spools into.
When you push down on the spools into the clay, it's going to go into the holes in the bottom of the spool but you don't want the center hole full of clay . It's ok for it to go into the other holes in the spool as it helps hold the spool into the shoes. This way, you can remove Bobbin Robin from her shoes and change to another set of shoes in the future, since her legs won't be stuck in the shoes permanently.
I then used one of the stilts (wooden skewer) to push down the clay in the center hole to kind of squeeze it out of the center hole thru the bottom so the center hole wouldn't get filled up with clay. I did that so both legs would sit at the same level in the boots and it helps balance Bobbin Robin.
I had left the spool tags on the top end as one was made in the USA and the other in Eygpt, but it's not necessary.
If you use normal shoes instead of boots for your Bobbin Robin, you can probably still use spools in those shoes and either paint the spool or leave a layer of thread on the spool as "socks". I haven't tried that yet.