My first peg doll commission of 2018 has certainly been an interesting one! I love taking on something different, and this was a really special project!
I received an email asking if I could make a peg doll based on the cover artwork of a book, The Innocent Wife, by Amy Lloyd. Amy’s aunt is extremely proud of her niece and wanted a special gift to mark the publication of her first novel.
Amy’s psychological thriller about a British woman who falls for a prisoner on death row won the Daily Mail’s First Novel Competition in 2016, and since being published in just December has already been listed in the Sunday Times Top 10 Bestsellers. She has even been approached by a film company who want to take her novel to the big screen. So to be asked to create something marking such a momentous occasion for this exciting new author is quite an honour!
When I saw the art work, I could see this would be different to any peg doll I’d made before. As you’ll know I’m usually all about the details – but there weren’t may here to go on. A real mystery with lots of gaps to fill- quite fitting!
I really enjoyed working with the monochromatic colour scheme. Turquoise is one of my favourite colours.
I didn’t have anything to go on for the body. Therefore I “dressed” her in a plain gown with flowing sleeves in order to complement the mysterious atmosphere of the book cover.
I added the book title and authors’ name to complete the personalised peg doll.
Mr T and I are massive true crime fans, and have binged our way through all the usual television suspects like Making a Murderer, The Keepers and The Confession Tapes. A typical evenings’ viewing usually includes an episode of Criminal Minds and The Forensic files. So it’s no surprise that The Innocent Wife is on my to-read list! Here is Amy reading a short excerpt from her novel to whet your appetite:
If you’d like to find out more about Amy and her book, you can follow her on Twitter.
If I can make a special or unusual commission for you this year, get in touch!