Do you offer tutorials or classes?
This is maybe the most common question I am asked lately. I wish I was further along in this department but it will take some time. I had a few years off from doll making and am currently in the middle of a busy life season (new home build!) It’s definitely an area I’m researching more and hoping to develop as soon as possible. Please follow me on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
What are the dolls made from?
Every doll I make, is for the most part, a wool sculpture. I love sculpting with different mediums, but the fact that wool has warmth and "squish" makes it my favorite. It does take significantly longer than sculpting with clay. Underneath the fabric, the features look very much like they do finished. I felt the wool very firmly to achieve this.
Can you make a doll for my child?
Unfortunately, even though the look of the dolls may appeal to children they are only intended for a child's eyes, not hands. These creations just take far too long to craft, with too many small details, and should be viewed as more of an art gallery item.
How do I buy a doll?
My hope right now is to list dolls for sale here on this website as they become available. This website is a newer selling platform for me, and changes may come down the road.
Do you take custom orders?
I will likely open up custom orders in December 2022.
How much are your dolls?
An exact number can be complicated! I make a wide variety of styles, with different fiber for hair, clothing etc. I wouldn’t be surprised if I spend well over 100+ hours on certain dolls depending on detail levels. However, prices are as follows for a naked doll, without hair. (This means that the hairstyle, clothing and accessories will be added to this base price.)
14” Waldorf inspired doll $700
18” Waldorf inspired doll $850
20” Waldorf inspired doll $1000
20-22” highly detailed doll, ball jointed or with armature $2000
20-22” highly detailed custom portrait doll/ BJD or armature $2500
I will occasionally make miniature dolls and felted animals in the $300-400 range
How do I take care of a natural fiber doll?
Each natural fiber doll is shipped with cedar, lavender, and moisture absorbing packets. If you need to store your doll for any length of time please keep these items with her.
I use a variety of hair, from commercial wefts to locks straight from a sheep, alpaca etc. From time to time, depending on handling conditions, your doll may need a slight hair “touch up”. Commercial wefts are typically made from Angora goat fiber and can be gently combed if needed. Curly locks that have become a little too wild can be lightly dampened. Then you can use a sponge roller, or wrap the lock around a cylindrical object and secure it with a Bobby pin to dry. This method should make a curly lock look fresh again. Please be sure to let any damp hair dry with zero contact to the fabric of the doll to avoid dye transfer. Combed alpaca and mohair can also be gently brushed, but they are fine fibers that shed more easily, so take care not to brush them too often. Straight hair that becomes frizzy usually responds well to heat, (similarly to human hair) and you can tame it with a clean flat iron tool.
If you ever accidentally get a spot/stain on your doll, address it as soon as possible by using tape or a lint roller to remove as much as you can. If any residue remains you can spot clean your doll with mild, dye free soap and water. Be sure to gently rub with the grain of the fabric. Allow any moisture to dry completely in a heated and non humid environment.
Please contact me with any other care instruction questions or concerns.