My friend Mary’s grandaughter Maggie came to visit Portland. She is 12 and already an accomplished dollmaker. I was very impressed by the fact that she was hand-sewing her creation. I loaned her my two books on sock dolls — Stupid Sock Creatures by John Murphy and Socks Appeal by Brenna Maloney.
I decided to make her one of my Strongheart dolls. I met her on Monday and we had dinner again on Saturday. She’d made 6 dolls and I’d made the one.
She whip stitches the figures together. I backstitch with the idea that my dolls should never unravel. Either way we had a great time sharing our dolls.
Then we traded — A Strongheart for Raspberry the Spotted Owl
It was a wonderful experience at play and enjoying the company of a budding fabric artist. Next post I’ll write about the series of Strongheart dolls I’m making.
Check out the sock books, too. Both are very whimsical but I love the way Brenna Maloney writes about her craft. Maggie said she sounds like one of her friends — chatty, informative and very funny!
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