Saturday, November 12, 2011

Lots Of New Dolls Ready for Christmas Adoption

I now have a new facebook page so drop in and "like" me! The dolls you see there are for sale on my website here. To enlarge the photos click on the thumbnail and then click again on the photo for an even larger size. Or see them at Etsy here. Here are just three:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tips for Boys and New Dolls

I love selling my dolls at fairs. The best part is not how many I sell, but the children's reactions. I notice that all girls are immediately attracted to the dolls, even 6 month old babies' faces light up as though dolls are already hardwired in their neurology. Some boys, usually between the ages of 6 and 8, fall in love with Frodo (as per photo) or the Parsifal knight doll. But most boys, especially babies and toddlers, need the doll to come alive for them.

A mother carried her toddler boy to my stall and pointed out a baby doll to him. The boy turned his head away in disgust. So, I picked up the doll and made it play peek-a-boo with him. I made it wave and talk, At first he covered his face, but slowly he started to look at the doll for longer. When I saw he was starting to look intrigued by this doll, I made the doll say: "Can I touch you?" A faint smile came to the boys face and he took his hands away from his eyes. He was still very wary, but now he couldn't take his eyes off it. The doll continued to make spontaneous comments like: "You could be my friend." Soon it was time to leave, but now the boy had fallen in love. He reached out his hands for the doll and started crying for it! His mum promised him one for Christmas, but he wanted it now.

I'm sure he won't be scarred for life over that little incident, but it demonstrated a point I always make: that boys need the doll to come to life before they see it as a 'being'. Make it talk, interact, give it a personality, give it a name, interests, make it have emotions ... the sky's the limit here.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

More Gnomes!

Spring is almost here and I will be at the Spring Market Day at Perth Waldorf School, Bibra Lake, on the 20th of September from 8.15am, with these gnomes, waldorf dolls, wool stuffing, tricot, my DVDs and more! Hope to see you there.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Little Parsifal Knight Dolls

I just love making these little dolls. I buy the wood and wire frames Winterwood and make their hair from crocheted mohair boucle.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

NEW PATTERN!! Medieval/Renaissance Outfit for dolls

Finally the new Medieval Dress, Cape, Hair Wreath and Shoes pattern is available! The pattern is created for 13-14" dolls, but it be enlarged, as always. To do this, you need to print the templates and take them to the printers and have them enlarged by percentage, according to the doll size. Click on the pics for a larger view ....

This is the easiest clothing pattern I have, and the best one so far! I love short-cuts and this pattern has designed to be simple yet effective.

Included: 20 pages, 29 photos, 6 templates, and lots of clear instructions.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Human Who Makes the Dolls!

So I decided to wear the blue one on the night :-)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Medieval Dress: First, the human version ...

Within a few days I will have a new doll's clothing pattern out, which will be based on this stunning medieval dress pattern, which I made for a medieval banquet. It is such a simple pattern because there are no sleeves to set in. I was told by a medieval clothing expert from the SCA that the seamless sleeve was typical of that era, and it really looks effective. Watch this space closely as I will soon have this pattern available for Waldorf Dolls. The new pattern will include a cape, shoes and hair wreath!
The new pattern will be made for the 13-14" doll, but if you want to make it larger just take it to a printers, and have it enlarged by percentage.

The velour I made these dresses from has a rich look and feel about it. It has 4 way stretch and doesn't fray!! It hangs so well and doesn't crease no matter what you do. If you're in Australia, you can buy it from Spotlight in a variety of colours.

A close-up of the sleeve

Now to decide which dress to wear to the banquet;
blue or pink?? .......

Monday, January 31, 2011

Lost And Found

We watched a movie called "Lost and Found" on Christmas eve, and my son loved it so much that he asked me to make a boy and a penguin. The story is very simple and there is no talking. It's about a penguin who befriends a boy and the boy wants to return the penguin to Antarctica, but when they get there they decide they don't want to be apart from each other. Here is the boy and penguin I made using the movie pics as a guide. I crocheted the cap and knitted the jumper.