Sunday, 11 May 2008

Adventures in Doll Making

As my adventures in doll making continue, I’m proud to introduce my latest labour of love, “JJ”. She’s a little doll destined to become friends with one very special little girl.

I must admit, JJ is quite a cutie pie! I’m simply in love with her hair. It’s no wonder as she has quite a decadent set of tresses. I used an entire 4 oz skein of silky soft baby alpaca boucle to create those bouncy pigtails she’s sporting. Everyone who picks her up is immediately drawn to her gorgeous set of locks. It’s actually quite therapeutic to run your fingers through it. I can envision her special friend spending hours fingering, styling, braiding and admiring her beautiful hair. JJ’s wardrobe consists of a snuggly little sweater I knitted using hand-dyed wool from the Fleece Artist, as well as an adorable sundress in a fun, flowery batik print. I’ve mentioned time and time again, I’m not much of a seamstress. My dear mother kindly offered to assist with JJ’s dress. She skillfully and patiently hand and machine stitched that sweet little dress for JJ. Thanks Mom!

As my good friend Nurtured Mom can attest too, doll making is a tad addictive. It’s so fascinating to witness the transformation of one's raw materials (cotton interlock, clean, carded fleece, natural yarns) into a unique little character with a personality of his or her own. The blank generic stares of store bought dolls simply do not compare!

I’ve grown quite attached to JJ over the past month. I know the time is near to bid farewell as she will soon be meeting her dear little friend. My hope is that she’ll provide her new friend with both comfort and companionship over the years to come.

2 comments:

Gypsy said...

I love this doll - you have a real knack for giving your dolls life. One little girl is going to be very lucky.

jenny-junebug said...

Thanks so much for the kind words! These little dolls are too much fun to make!