After receiving many comments expressing empathy and understanding, I feel, once again, confident that my fabric babies will find love in this world.
All the pocket dolls shown here will be listed one by one until all of them are in the shop.
This is the biggest update yet.
Pair of redwork kitty ornaments
I tried placing them in different parts of the house. It doesn’t feel right to keep them apart. They only understand words spoken by each other.
The guy on the left looks down, always searching in his memory. Little guy on the right, always looking up, imagining a new world. They can’t live without each other.
Both kitties are embroidered entirely in red thread, hinting at the simplicity of traditional redwork, but made more naive with these two dollies.
Expressive stitches implying fur pattern on front and the back.
Look, they even play chess together, on one side. It is ‘they’ against the world.
Squirrel with Chinese silk tail
My plants here on the veranda are often dug up by squirrels from the neighboring tree. Wonder if this squirrel will attract or repel them…
Little squirrel has short limbs that swivel for posing. They do assist, if a little, for balancing on trees.
This squirrel is made extra soft with a very flexible neck. It sits rather wonky, albeit without support. It has intuitive hand embroidered features, done free hand, made to capture the naive charm of small animals.
The tail is made of upcycled Chinese silk with major fraying. The flamboyant tail is supported by a piece of flexible wire, making it a joy to bend for balance and photo alike.
My favorite part is the belly with a piece of shredded silk, begs to be tickled.
Bunpire Rabbat aka Vampire Rabbit Bat
The day after seeing the Super blood moon, the picture of the red glow illuminating darkness took a permanent place in my mind.
Black and red. That was the immediate and direct response.
A different creature was on my mind when I started. Comments, however, were divided between a vampire rabbit, and a bat.
It must be these oversized red ears and eyes that bring the image of rabbit to mind. The nostrils and mouth are sculpted, with black thread. The shape of the features are not prominent but can be felt when you touch it. I like this creature mysterious.
The wings were a joy and a pain. As mentioned in this post about making of the wings, I wanted them to hold the shape but has the softness of the body itself.
Fabric is folded, rolled and stitched to the desired effect. Visible unruly stitches highlight the ‘bone structure’ of the little bat, yet retain flexibility.
His wings will wrap around his body comfortably for a sweet dream.
Donkey the walking garden
Patterns. It is a love-hate relationship for most people I know. Those who hate it think patterns are dated or imposing, or just eyesore.
On the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find me.
Ragdolls made using patterned fabrics are everywhere, mostly made usually craft cotton, or quilt cotton, with a tiny print scale to match the small size of most home-made projects.
The upcycled fabric is my preference, and the source is mostly clothes, or bedsheet. The challenge is the scale of the print. Strategic placement of the large print yields a natural animal patch effect. I like the pink on the snout, and hands.
As with all my dolls, donkey sits well on his bum, in your hand or on the desk.
He is quite 3 dimensional, making him very photogenic from all angles.
Real life donkey has stiff bristle-like hair. This garden donkey has ruffled mane of manipulated ribbed cotton. No brushing is required.
The oversized pink hands and feet makes donkey a fighter, don’t you think? Ready to take on challenges big or small, with a dash of gentleness.
Baby donkey loves nature, he wears the flowers on him, so he will have a garden wherever he goes.
Wrinkly baby hippo
Wrinkles are undesirable, well at least I think so when I see them on my face. But not on a baby hippo. The more the merrier.
My hubby thinks this one has so bunched up it looks like a water monster.
Oversized head, eyes, hands, and feet. Tiny body. A monster indeed.
The head is proportionally the biggest amongst all the dolls. It sleeps on it’s back easily due to the balance.
All the limbs swivel, it makes a great pretense of paddling in this big,big world.
Three Boston Terrier siblings with different personalities
While the previous dolls experiment with altered proportions, these little Bostons were designed with a different intention.
The combination of embroidered faces against the ‘fur pattern’ patches is emphasized as the body and limbs are downplayed.
These are slim around the neck, with a bulbous bottom, floppy limbs that end with a simple knot.
The simplicity of the form directs attention towards the hand-cut irregular patches and free-hand embroidery. The pointy ears, too, are free-form sculpted with needle and thread.
I think of these littles as embroidery pieces that require no hoop or frame. They potter about in their sturdy but squishy bodies, adding a dose of whimsy to any corner of your life.
They are lightweight, big houseplants make great habitats for them.
Visit the shop to take them away.