I have worked on lots of new dolls this week and am introducing my newest young women, Miss Mouse dolls. They are smaller than my Molly dolly’s, larger than the little Oshi’s and fall somewhere between as far as play or display go! The Molly Dolly is a special doll for a child, nursery decor or for the adult collector, little Oshi’s are decorative and can hang on the wall like the larger Sazzy dolls that are display only. Miss Mouse dolls were designed as beautiful home decor showcasing my huge collection of beautiful vintage fabrics and their clothes are removable so gentle play is possible. They are between 14″ and 16″ tall, they are sitting dolls with gently shaped arms and legs,linen bodies and wool hair. They have hand knitted and hand-made clay bead details. The fabrics are beautiful quality silks and fine wools also some vintage Liberty of London pieces. Dolls available here.
My mini hand embroidered lavender pillows are finally finished and in my shop today! I have been so busy I sometimes forget I have to photograph everything and get it listed!! They are hand embroidered on linen and backed with various vintage fabrics, then filled with lavender.
I am working away furiously preparing for the Selvedge Spring Fair this coming weekend, there is so much to do although with each fair I think I am becoming more streamlined with my preparations. I still haven’t found an easily portable solution to my table display, I don’t drive so travel by train with a suitcase, this does limit my options. Below you can see my work table as it looks today, I am experimenting with these lovely colourful boxes to display my work and am pleased with the overall look. The little linen dolls are the first in my new range called ‘Little Oshi’ dolls, they are inspired by Japanese kokoshi dolls, wooden peg dolls and primitive rag dolls and are the perfect size for craft fairs. I will try to remember to take plenty of photos this weekend and report back as there are going to be many talented artists and makers at this event. Have a lovely weekend and beginning to the Easter holidays and of course if you are in London come and say hello!
I’ve ignored my blog for a while!! not intentionally, I have just been so busy through January. So here is some of what I have done, lots of new designs and ideas on the work table with some older designs reinstated with a few little improvements. Above is a mini rainbow pony and mini molly dolly bear, below are some knitted pocket animals, I used to make these a couple of years ago and have waited for an opportunity to revise the pattern and add them to my shop.
Above is a lovely new Molly Dolly with a linen and Liberty tana lawn dress and little felt fox purse. Below are a couple of new yoyo baby dolls available here. And a lovely Molly Dolly mouse in knitted pants and vintage cotton top.
The white linen puppy and rainbow pony were just completed today and will be in my Etsy shop soon. I love adding just enough kitsch details, like flourescent bling, rainbow hair and cartoon like features to contrast nicely with the linen, hand stitching and vintage cloths. I’m also working up a lot of jewellery samples, some painted clay, some shrink plastic drawings and some leather and cloth wrist bands. The last couple of photos show me half way through sorting out my workspace, with Ikea shelves and boxes, still a lot to do but it’s looking better organised already! so I hope your new year has got off to a swinging start as well, I’ve got to get back to work now, see you soon.
Above and below are images of my last show before Christmas (Colston Hall Bristol), I made some super cute pom pom animals and machine embroidered standing dolls, similar dolls will be available in my shop in the new year. This is my first experience of the Christmas season, last year I was only just up and running so wasn’t involved in so many shows and pop up shops. It has been a huge learning curve, I finished work at about 6pm on Christmas eve, decorated the tree, filled stockings and crawled into bed exhausted. Christmas morning I had the first signs of impending illness, headache and sore throat, I dosed myself with vitamins and medication and made it through the next few days. The children had a lovely time and whilst they spent a couple of days at their dads I lay in bed watching back to back episodes of sons of anarchy! I’m feeling a lot better now and managed to squeeze a birthday in there as well!
Below are some images of my work table this morning because even when I’m not working I’m working!! developing some new designs for 2013. Small dolls made from lightly tea stained jersey and experimenting with hand drawn faces in the next photo (fox)
These little hanging dolls below have hand drawn pencil faces and wool hair.
The large doll below with dark velveteen hair is a new design I am developing for 2013, she is the same size as the molly Dolly with long skinny jointed limbs and a shaped body for sitting.
Below a closer look at the new large doll with embroidered features and beaded felt bear ears.
A last look at 2012, this is me working into the night preparing for Christmas. Lots of love and best wishes to you all for 2013!! less rain and more sunshine please x
I have been working hard on lots of new ideas for Christmas, nearly completed are my first set of teeny tiny Molly Dolly’s at about 6″ tall they are perfect little stocking fillers, like the full size Molly’s they are made from linen and cotton some vintage some new, they have hand knitted skirts and silk ribbons in their hair. I am also making tiny woodland hoots, christmas trees and mushrooms. The Christmas fairies are about 6 – 7″ tall and are inspired by those wonderfully kitsch tree ornaments from the 1950s and 60s, I wanted them to be glitzy and sparkly like they are off to a Mad Men cocktail party, their dresses are vintage silk and they have fabulous apricot and peach wool hair. The last image shows a large Molly Dolly in progress, the first of a special edition of retro themed dolls, this lovely girl will be 1940s. I know I’ve been a little slow posting recently, just so much work to do but I will try to keep updated on whats new for the holiday season, birds and stockings next!
A work in progress. For a while I have been thinking about dolls with painted or drawn faces, I put together this new pattern over the weekend. She has a linen body with a more shaped head that is formed separately then attached to the body, her features are acrylic paint and pencil, her hair is I think Tibetan lamb that I have cut and glued to her head. More work to do.
This is Claudia Meringue, the children have been away this weekend and I always go into work overdrive when I have child free days, there is still so much I want to do before they get home but I’m feeling a bit exhausted which in turn makes me feel a bit stressed as any sane person would try to get a little rest when the kids are away. Still I’ve achieved a lot this Jubilee weekend and if the neighbourhood stops partying I may get some sleep. Very pleased with the way Claudia turned out
It’s been a busy week, trying to get the children and myself back into a routine after the Easter holidays, everyone is a bit tired and grumpy. I’m trying to catch up with emails and orders. Also need to sit down and make sure I have my wholesale prices organised as I have a couple of shops interested in my work, I also have a couple of magazine interviews to complete this week, I have a busy weekend ahead of me!
Jazz my banjo boy is nearly completed, he is just waiting for his arms and banjo … rather essential details for a musician!! Jazz and Bridgette are my first dolls with wire arms and legs, I love their skinny limbs. Bridgette has had a wardrobe update as I found a vintage straw hat that was perfect for her and the weathers been so cold I knitted a blue cape to go with her new hat, Bridgette is happy even Clemence her little bird approves. and above is Billy saying a last goodbye to her friends as she prepares to journey across the ocean to the US.