I love making babies. Okay girls, you know I mean the cloth ones!
I just finished working on this custom dolly, Arden. Apart from a couple of trades I have, she is the last of my custom orders for the year. I’ve been making dolls for about 6 years now but rather than getting quicker, I am getting much slower. I keep thinking of new ways to make their bodies, their faces, their clothes and trying to perfect every little detail, while also learning new skills. I recently learned to knit from my Mother-in-law, so I am happy to say that now the little knitted booties and bonnets are made by me! It only took me about a month of lessons involving my poor MIL unpicking a lot of knit and looking puzzled over my attempts. These days it’s taking me about 3 weeks to finish a big doll but of course I can’t really work on it full time, the duties of family life take up a good part of the day. I will say I am really enjoying spoiling each individual doll I make.
There was a time I didn’t love making the clothes but now I find it the most exciting part. It helps bring out their personalities. I found that putting just any outfit on them doesn’t really work for them. The dolls have their own vibe that need something made just for them.
Dressing them up! I think anyone will agree that is just plain fun right?
Taking their picture is another new skill I am trying to learn. I am not very good yet but I hope to improve the photo’s I take of my dolls. It is a part of them I get to keep, so I think it is important to have nice photo’s.
I think though, my favorite part of doll making is the many lovely people that I get to send them to. While I do miss saying goodbye to the little dollies, I am always so excited for them to arrive in their new homes. I don’t think I can ever express how much I appreciate you all, the comments you send, the support you give and the many lovely friendships that have been made in this crazy/beautiful world of dolls fills my heart.