About Me & FAQ

Hi all, this about me page is a work in progress! I had to take down the terrible, out of date page that has been sitting here since 2007. I hate writing about myself evidently.

Here are some helpful facts in a nutshell: I’m a dollmaker and I love it! I have two kids who have outgrown dolls but I’m still hooked. My 12yo son would say he was never interested but I have the photographic proof otherwise. It was when he was born that I started on the craft blog road and now I’m proud and happy to still call myself a creative small business owner. I feel like I’ve come full circle in a way. I started with general craft blogging, got hooked on making toys, then I was selling toys, then decided to focus on designing and selling patterns, wrote a book on sewing toys (a beautiful book, thank you STC craft!), licensed doll designs for Land of Nod (beautiful dolls, thank you Land of Nod!) and then after sort of losing steam for a few years, I am newly invigorated by selling handmade original dolls. Making dolls and then sending them to new homes keeps the creative fires burning for me and I’ve fallen in love with dollmaking all over again.

So where to find stuff… are you DIY? I have PDF sewing patterns for cloth dolls available for sale in the shop. Also some embroidery and cross stitch. Are you looking for a one of a kind heirloom doll for your son or daughter (or yourself), you can find my available dolls on etsy. And if you want to see what will be next added to the shop you can follow me on instagram, @wee_wonderfuls. Do you want to see behind the scenes dollmaking, thrilling stuff I promise you! Come be my friend on snapchat (@weewonderfuls).

All of my FAQs were out of date except the one below. I will add back more FAQs as I get them. If you have any questions please email me! hillarylang@gmail.com

thanks for visiting!

Where to start if you want to design your own patterns
I started at the library. I’d never made a stuffed animal or doll before I started this blog. I checked out some vintage craft books from the library and just started following patterns and then after making a few was able to start altering them and then drawing them up on my own. Get yourself a pile of muslin and just jump in! Here is an article I wrote on making toys from vintage patterns, it might inspire that first jump.

Creative Commons License:
So the deal is, anything I create is copyrighted by default. I feel the standard copyright laws are too rigid so I’m putting my site under a Creative Commons license. This means that others can modify, improve, recreate, etc. entire designs or elements of my designs to their heart’s content for personal use but not for commercial use. You can read more about the details, restrictions and requirements here. I think the Creative Commons licenses are a really great way to create a community of sharing and building on each others ideas without robbing people of their original work.


Creative Commons License

Sewing lessons or self taught? How long have I been sewing? Any recommendations of books or of a good sewing machine.

Unfortunately I’m pretty useless in this aspect. I learned how to use a sewing machine in Home Ec in 7th grade. Since then I’ve just been teaching myself, following the instructions in patterns and then now making my own patterns. Lots of trial and error! The only class I’ve taken is the basic quiltmaking class I just took. As far as sewing machines go.. I’m using a hand-me-down Bernina from my Grandma. It works really well most of the time. Everyone in my quilting class was very fond of Berninas. Other than that, I’m pretty clueless. And I don’t really have any one craft or sewing book that I use. Most of the time I just fake my way though and hope for the best!

8 thoughts on “About Me & FAQ

  1. Vicky Wich says:

    If I purchase the doll with the beautiful blue hair, does the subscription come with it: Doll $115, or do I pay an additional Subscription $30.

  2. Danielle Caldwell says:

    Can you suggest a source for buying the wool you use to make your dolls? I’ve been to the fabric stores in town and the wool doesn’t seem right for making doll bodies. An online retailer perhaps?

    Thank you.

    • Hillary says:

      Hi Danielle,

      I used recycled wool, from wool items I find at the thrift store. Sometimes there is wool suiting at the chain stores that will work but hard to find in the right color. Linen and cotton are more readily available and work just well.

      thanks!
      Hillary

      • Danielle Caldwell says:

        Recycled wool-great idea! I’ll be on the lookout for some when I am thrifting! Ive started a doll with cotton and its working nicely. But, I do love that cuddly soft look of the wool ones you’ve made.

        Thank you!

  3. Lori says:

    Quick question. My fantasy loving 11 year old daughter is learning to sew and wants so badly to make your elf doll. Do you have a pattern (or option on another pattern) to make that? We’ve so many of your patterns and love every one. Thanks!
    Lori

    • Hillary says:

      The most recent elf dolls I’ve made? They are the same pattern as my make-along doll but with elf ears added on. If you wanted to go that route I could send you a pattern piece for the pointed ear. There are outfit pieces which could be pretty easily adapted to be a cute elf outfit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *