When I left my day job, I promised my friend Paula I’d make her a doll. She has patiently waited these three months while I experimented with forms and got distracted to my heart’s content. This week-end, I was able to finally deliver. I made a 20″ button jointed doll that has a wry smile, an elegant dress and big heart. Paula is one of kindest people I know and full of life. This doll with the crooked little smile I think suits her well.
She let me know yesterday that she named her doll Jazzy JJ. The JJ is for Joy, me, and Jenn, our mutual friend, who joined us for coffee for the unveiling. Jenn has been a big inspiration for us both. Earlier this year, Jenn got a medicine doll commissioned by Paula — a magic wish fish to help her swim through a life-threatening bout of lupus.
It was a wonderful thing to get together and have decadent Autumn coffee drinks and talk about life and play with dolls.
This is a prototype for a doll I want to make for my Etsy shop. If you’re interested in one, let me know. They’ll retail for $75. I’ll be posting them as I make them, although it’s a slow process and you can commission one from this website. Each doll is hand-stitched with unique features, hair and personality. They feature button joints, flexible joints and bendable fingers. They are made from cotton fabric, poly fiberfill, You can choose coloring and collaborate on the creation, if you’d like.
I finished The Survivor. She is 14″ tall on a 10″ x 7″ bass wood base. The fabric is hand-stitched pearlized cotton. Her hair is 100% wool. Glass beads, wire armatures and acrylic paint. Scroll down past the slide show if you want to look at the details. She’s a little hard to photograph, but I think you can see most of the detail.
I finished The Reader’s Shoes and Book. Now I just have to decide whether to put her on a wooden stand, or let her sit on her own. I’m not sure if I’m going to permanently attach the book yet either. It’s just a little hand made thing with quotes from The Light Princess by George MacDonald.
I got my reader doll dressed and coiffed today. I had recently read a great book on making cloth dolls and how to make precise little garments. I tried a few but went back to draping and attaching the garment to the body. Since I am working by hand, I like using the garments to shape and add character. I love it when the fabric pools into a shape all its own. I also am still attached to visible stitches — not every stitch, but enough to show the fragile nature of human structures. Precision is not my nature.