I finished my big doll order last week! Yea! I finally got around to taking some pictures of the completed dollies. The lighting isn’t very good, but you get the idea. I was experimenting with the kuspuks, and I didn’t realize how varied the lengths were until I saw this ^ picture. And somehow I missed getting a close up of the one in the middle. Oh well, I don’t really want to see any of them again for a while anyway . . . .
I made this sweet little doll in a kuspuk as a donation to my daughter’s school fund-raiser. I think she came out really well – and my daughter’s teacher was the winning bidder!
Now, I really have to finish up a custom order of dolls. A local lady gives handmade dolls to her 5 nieces every year for Christmas, and this year, I was lucky enough to win her business. The 5 dolls I’ve made are about 18″ tall, with embroidered faces and black velour yarn hair. They will all wear socks or tights, undies, shoes and a kuspuk (a traditional garment worn by some groups of Alaska Natives). I found instructions for human-sized kuspuks, then scaled them down for my dolls’ proportions. All 5 doll bodies are sewn and stuffed, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on the kuspuks. The undies and footwear won’t take long, but I’ve been pulling my hair out over the dolls‘ hair! When I was a kid, I always disliked doll hair that was only sewn down along a central part, the way rag doll hair usually is. If I untied the doll’s braids or undid her ponytails, I then had a doll with a long mohawk – the sides of her head would be bald. I preferred rag dolls to baby or fashion dolls, but the plastic dolls had rooted hair that could be brushed and styled. And what little girl doesn’t want to styled their dolls’ hair? So, now that I’m making rag dolls, I’ve been trying to solve this problem, without buying doll wigs. So far, I have one doll with the traditional central part and one with a crocheted cap with strands of yarn knotted all over it. (The doll’s scalp showed through the cap, so I covered her head with some black fabric.) And 3 bald dolls.
By the way, sorry about the crappy photos – natural light is pretty hard to come by in Fairbanks in November!
November seems like a good time for a sale – so I’m having a FREE SHIPPING event (to the US and Canada, only, though I will give overseas customers a break on shipping)!!
Here’s my latest creation – and it’s all mine! I love how she came out…and the little vest just cracks me up. Tell me what you think!
I’m having so much fun making dolls and toys for sale at our local farmers’ market, but I’d been nervous about selling some of my work, because they were based on other people’s patterns (modified by me, but still…). I made the pattern for this little kitty entirely myself. It’s pretty simple – just a pancake doll (front and back pattern pieces are the same) – but it’s a start. And its simplicity lets me play with fabric choices.
The vest is knit from one strand Red Heart TLC Essentials and one strand Lion Brand Fun Fur. Isn’t it cute?
My nearly 5-year old daughter likes to call her Barbies “showgirls.” She has 2 fashion dolls, both bought at a resale shop. (They might have been naked, but they were less than $2 a piece!) One is your typical blond Barbie; the other is a Disney Pocahontas. I made a doll-sized pink and gold ball-gown to match my daughter’s preschooler-sized pink and gold Halloween princess costume. Pocahontas was wearing the ball-gown tonight as I tucked my DD in. We (DD and I, not Pocahontas and I) had the following conversation:
DD: [holding up Pocahontas and wrapping her long braid around her head]: If you wear your hair like this, that’s a way to be a showgirl!
Me: Nah – you don’t want her to be a showgirl.
DD: Well, in my world, this is how you wear your hair to be a showgirl.
Me: What is a showgirl?
DD: A person who goes up and does goofy dances.
Me: What kind of dances?
DD: Like, Bingo dances…
Me: Bingo dances, huh?
DD: Yeah, or Happy Princess dances – those are the best.
Maybe I should make a little sequined bikini with feathers….