But you know how it goes - sometimes it takes a while to rediscover your passion for something. A few years ago when our little girl was just a baby I embarked on a doll making journey which gave me so much pleasure - a vintage style cloth doll with embroidered features. I was in the earlier years of recovering from a severe hand injury and every stitch was a concerted effort. It was a slow and sometimes painful process, but oh my, when that little doll's personality began to shine through, I proved to myself once again that hand stitching truly is such a wonderful therapy - I could create something beautiful from my heart and with my hands given perseverance and patience. I was hooked. You can read about her here.
Since then I have made a bunch of dolls. A few in a similar style, and also some traditional Waldorf-Steiner dolls which I love for their beautiful simplicity and tactile nature.
I have played with doll hair - making crochet wigs, stitched hair and even wefted hair (that was a steep learning curve!) Doll making is something that our little girl loves to be a part of too. I often find her fossicking in my button jar or choosing wool for hair. She tells me about the dresses she would like for them and more recently is coming up with wonderful names and stories. It has been so much fun experimenting and I have learnt so much along the way.
After my original blog series on the doll I made, I received a bunch of emails requesting advice and information. It seems the instructions on vintage doll patterns are notoriously scant, assuming considerable sewing knowledge and experience. Often less than half a page of the doll body, face, hair and clothes instructions combined! So over the years I have been making notes of what I have learned along the way.
This has led to the creation of "Fleur", my very first cloth doll tutorial. She has literally been years in the works, and I am very proud, somewhat nervous, but mostly very excited to share her with you soon...
I'll be looking for pattern testers - so stay tuned!