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Making Felt Dolls

January 11, 2018

 

Oh my goodness-hey there you lovely person, you!

 

I'm not going to lie: the last six months have been really tough. As a lot of folks know, I had a mental health crisis this past fall, and I've been having a hard time adjusting since. It seems that up until a few weeks ago, I just wasn't feeling very alive. I felt like I was stuck in this weird, sad space and couldn't get out. Therapy, the right meds, and art have been helping me wake up and get moving. 

 

For a while, I had taken a break from fiber arts, having majored in it in college and just feeling burnt out afterwards. But lately, I've had this mad craving to get back into it: I needed something more therapeutic than painting, something that gave me an end product that I could hold and touch, something soft and comforting. 

 

It started with needing to make a doll for my niece. I had made her a fairy sculpture of a fun little character for Christmas, but it wasn't meant to be played with. It was meant to sit on a bookshelf or her desk, but, as it goes with little ones, the fairy was played with and broken a few times. Thinking that I should have made her something to play with from the get-go, I reimagined her fairy character into a doll. Since completing that first doll, I haven't been able to stop. I feel like I'm 8 years old again.

 

Making dolls and toys out of fiber is like play-time for me. I may not be playing like I did when I was 8, but it feels like play all the same. I'm in love with the results, and I love being able to hold these soft creations in my hands. 

 

Below are some pictures of first three dolls that I've made along with some other pictures of fiber toys I've made within the past couple of months. I hope you enjoy them!

 

I have a book to work on: illustrations to do, new stories to create..but in the mean time, I'm going to keep exploring this fiber play time. Next on my list of fiber creations? I'll be working on a gymnast and a grumpy llama, and I look forward to sharing those with you, too.

 

I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and if you are not, I send love your way. 

 

(Click on the images below to enlarge them and get a closer look.)

 

 

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