A couple of friends from playgroup ask if I would help guide them in the creation of a doll each for their daughter's third birthdays - just a week apart in early October "Sure, that could be fun".
Neither of them are sewers or crafters and both were pretty anxious but also very keen. Monday nights were put aside and my very good friend Tanya of Love Bytes Photography gave us a beautiful space in her studio to hold our doll making evenings.
If you have ever made a doll, fluffling out wool to form a head, think back to your first time...remember what all that wool looked like?
Making a head, especially the first time, is hard work and it is nice to have friends along for encouragement - look how pleased these two look when they had all that wool compacted nicely into their stockings.
The first two finished their dolls with a few days breathing space before their daughter's respective birthdays - I think they were both very pleased with themselves - their dolls are beautiful, full of love and very much loved by their new mummies.
Daisy was 'born' first
and a few days later Simonie made her appearance
I hope to show you pictures of the other women's dolls I have 'midwifed' - they are in a mad race to the finish line as birthdays and Christmas loom large.
While standing at the ready to help I made a couple of dolls myself... They were quite an experiment, big dolls with tails, aka Mermaids.
First I hand dyed some cotton velour and then drew a couple of tail patterns to fit the body patterns I already had. I also hand dyed their hair...so they are well and truely hand made!
I was just putting the finishing touches to the one above when A friend announced "she is mine". Her daughter's birthday was at the very end of last month and she declared her a perfect gift; she named her Isabelle.
I made the second mermaid with a straight rather than curved tail and I gave her a nose because I have been wanting to experiment more with noses since the little winter icicle gnomes.
She is for sale in the local Steiner inspired toy shop Nature Play (also online and facebook) if you are interested.