hair pins

I did order these Clover basting pins I mentioned and I love them! They’re perfect for setting this gal’s super long mohair hair into all sorts of hairstyles. They’re definitely impractical. They’d be great for holding a complicated hair-do into place so you could sew it down. I like them just for playing though. Maybe for a doll for older kids or an art doll, definitely one that wouldn’t see any play because the pins would come loose. Not sure … More

Curly Heads and Long Legs

hilda cowham illustration

I’ve always loved and been inspired by children’s book illustrators and one of my favorites is Hilda Cowham. Her girls are floppy mops of curls, with the 1920s drop waist dresses & giant bows and are always hanging out with ducks or elves or something equally adorable. I often come back to these drawings and channel them into dolls. The Pixie from my book and this Blackberry Fairy I made for Phoebe come to mind. And now this girl.

handmade doll wee wonderfuls original

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a woodland elf

handmade elf doll at wee wonderfuls

I tried to jam a bunch of new ideas into this doll. Only a few took. The yarn hair in different V layer cuts… it’s there but it’s not as visually obvious as I was hoping for. I think it’s because the alpaca yarn I used is too smooth, not fuzzy/dense enough to fill in and create clear layers. Using the gorgeous embroidery from a thrifted Indian top to make a quick dress worked pretty well. As her dress stands … More