Butterfly Fairy Fiber Art Doll

This has been such a wonderful project! In the future I would make her with a simple Waldorf Doll face, the art face too so long!

This little project was started way back in November as a gift for my mother. I wanted to make a needle felted butterfly fairy, but could not get the face right. It just looked creepy to me, finally I put it aside and moved on.

Months later, this little fairy was still calling to be finished, so I packed her up for our trip to Mexico. Maybe a change in climate would help her along. Luckily I packed a bit of cotton doll skin.

The change was just the thing. I quickly realized that this little one wanted to be an art doll, not a needle felted doll. She wanted some soft skin. As soon as I covered her felted face I was in love.

Sitting in the sun with my family all around, working on this little fairy was heaven for me. The kids played with their cousins and I felt totally free to relax and create. One set of wings were already felted, but I decided to make another set so the back could have the same pattern.

I was not working from a pattern, so I did have to re-sticht her body once.  In the end I was very happy with her. With just the tiniest scrap of blue felt left over from the wings I was able to piece together a little cap and attached antenna.

She was done in time to travel home with my mother… only 6 months late for Christmas 🙂

 

 

 

 

Bumble Bee Superhero Doll

A very dear friend asked if I could make her daughter a little girl version of the Bumble Bee Superhero. While looking for material for her costume, I was excited to find the old golden colored silk pants I’d recently bought at a thrift shop. We wanted her to look childlike instead of sexy, so I decided a romper would do the trick. After talking back and forth a bit, this is what we came up with.

I can not tell you how much I enjoyed the process -especially since it was only my second needle felted fiber art doll face. In fact, I had not even heard the name “Fiber Art Doll” yet. I just wanted to see if I could make one 🙂 After breaking a dozen needles and stabbing myself as many times… This little one was born. Truly made with love.

The clothing was also very fun. The undergarments were made from a very soft cotton shirt. Her wings and boots are wool felt. For the sweeter I found bamboo and silk yarn. It was so soft and easy to knit, I keep looking for excuses to make new doll sweaters out of it. I’m not the most efficient patten maker, so there were a few do-overs -but in the end, I love the result. 

Shipping her off to North Carolina I felt closer to my friend. It’s lovely giving something meaningful to a person who has spent her life fighting for justice and spreading love. It warms my heart knowing she is now a mother. If ever there was a lucky baby girl, it is the one. She is being raised by parents so passionate and kind. I feel blessed to be a part of their lives. All these many miles away, I am happy knowing her daughter is playing with this little doll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first Waldorf Sculpted Art Doll

What a fun experience! This little baby boy is a gift for my son. He’s my first attempt at a Waldorf inspired sculpted art doll. The face is made in a similar way to a more traditional Waldorf doll, but then the face is sculpted using thread and wool felting. Once the skin fabric was sewn on he really came to life! Given how enjoyable it was to work on this face, I know there will be many more to come

I will prepare tutorial to help you make one as well. Hope to have it ready soon 🙂

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Little Knit Friends -Tutorial

I’ve finally found a simple and free pattern for these little knit friends just click on the link and it will take you right to the downloadable PDF. This pattern is by Jean Greenhouse

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Once you get the hang of the pattern, they are very versatile. You could easily be adapt the pattern to make elves, gnomes, simple comfort dolls -anything. You can make them with cotton, wool or any yarn you’d like. If you use a larger bulky yarn the dolls will be bigger, a thin yarn with small needles will give you a smaller doll.

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Have fun 🙂

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