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 I had to take down the terrible, out of date page that has been sitting here since 2007.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All of my FAQs were out of date except the one below.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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!