Bonnie and Doll Making

Many years ago, my friend Vivian held a series of classes in her basement for friends who are artistically inclined. One of them was doll making. We hand sewed a simple doll and then clothed it with supplies that Vivian provided. The idea was to complete the doll within the session, which lasted 2-3 hours. I had a range of emotions throughout the project. First, I was frustrated because the doll itself just didn't seem to be coming out right, and that was really the boring/easy part; I wanted to get to the fun, decorative part. I almost gave up, but then I realized that the problem was that I'd forgotten that basic rule I'd learned in 7th grade sewing: you've got to make cuts in the seam material when it curves to be able to turn it right side out! Once I crossed that hurdle, the rest was great fun. With simple materials and in short order, I created a doll that I really liked!

 

I decided then that I needed to make other dolls, but I didn't get around to that until a couple of years later. Anyway, the original doll, who I named Matilda, sits on our home office desk (where I work one day a week) as a reminder of a few important things: (1) don't give up so easily (2) think creatively (3) don't forget to use what you already know. 

 

Sculptural Crocheted

Flat Crocheted

Crocheted with Beads

Wire and Fabric

For the Kids in My Life