On dollmaking and Clara & Lilly

If you want to know how you can take Clara or Lilly home just read along…

Dollmaking came to me a few years ago as a need. As some of you know I started making dolls around the time my eldest daughter was born. I actually have a picture of me at the sewing machine finishing a doll for her the day she was born (well it was a bit past midnight and she was born at 6.12 pm that day, I did got some sleep in between). I felt the need to create and somehow dolls were just the right thing to do. I think they chose me, not the other way around.

sneak peekLong story short somewhere along the way I started a business but still felt my creativity limited by the materials I was using at the time. That’s how Waldorf dolls appeared in my life. Through that research for the freedom to do more. The techniques I use now allow for much more.

Soon it will be a year since I started making Waldorf inspired dolls and I’ve grown so much as a dollmaker in this time. I have been adding details and features and playing with eyes and shapes. I have so much more to learn but I’m very happy with this journey so far and I want to thank you for joining me in it. (are you still with me? :) new dollies coming soon after the blablabla)

there's a whole world outside waiting to be discoveredI’m looking forward to see what the future will bring and to share it with you.

But enough about me, today Clara and Lilly are all that matters. These girls bring me a smile everytime I enter my studio. They’re so different but so similar at the same time. I can’t really explain, better if I show it.

Clara is the one breaking all the rules! <3 She takes my breath away with her confidence. (I think I want to be like her when I grow up)

Should I hide

Who says wool and silk don’t mix? Clara is just one of those girls that can get away with anything, she’s confident and strong but also caring and kindhearted.

Clara

I think she’s a fashionista, the one creating the trends, but don’t tell her that, she’ll think it’s nonsense. She just likes to be confortable and pretty, as she says, so she mixes all her favorite clothes and she’s ready to go.

pretty and confy <3And then there’s Lilly… oh Lilly…

I want to see roses

Although she looks very calm Lilly is not a quiet lady. She likes the buzz of the city life the rush hours, the supermarket line… she observes everyone and tells me stories about them.

sweet Lilly

When she needs a break from the buzz she has a favorite spot in the Botanical Garden right between the flower garden and the aromatics garden. She tells me it’s because it smells so good.

Let's go smell the flowers

If you want to give Lilly a home you’ll have to take her everywhere with you, she will not be happy sitting at home, well unless you’re house is super busy.

Lilly, the quiet one :)

really?!

Tiny Clara measures a bit more than 9″/ 24 cm, made from Laib Yala cotton jersey and is stuffed with pure carded portuguese wool. His hair is natural blonde DollyMo mohair crocheted into a cap.

Her nose and chin are sculpted using needlefelting techniques. She has firm but cuddly body and limbs, perfect to hug. Clara has a needle sculpted innie belly button a cute little bottom and also knee dimples. She’ll sit and stand up with support. All face details are hand embroidered with cotton thread, she has dark blue eyes and brown eyelashes.

I’ve knitted Clara a wool sweater in natural (undyed) yarn from an small local production and she matched it with a pale rose beret and a silk skirt that closes in the back with a snap. She always wears her favorite natural white wool boots and cotton jersey socks in dark grey. Clara doesn’t wear undies, only bloomers so she’ll be taking her favorite ones with her.

oops

Tiny Lilly measures a bit over 9″/ 24 cm. She’s made from Laib Yala cotton jersey and is stuffed with pure carded portuguese wool. His hair is brown DollyMo mohair crocheted into a cap.

Her nose is sculpted using needlefelting techniques. She has firm but cuddly body and limbs, perfect to hug. Lilly has a needle sculpted innie belly button a cute little bottom and also knee dimples. She’ll sit and stand with support. All face details are hand embroidered with cotton thread including her cute tiny freckles.

Lilly wears a handknitted pink sweater and jeans with an elastic waist. She also wears a knitted bonnet made from handspinned yarn from a local production wich gives it it’s perfect imperfections.
She never leaves the house without her leather mary janes dyed in dark blue. You’ll notice she has a mend on her jeans, that’s because she thought they didn’t have enough pink.

I’ve found with Clara and Lilly that I underestimated a lot the time it takes me to make a Tiny Petite. I’m pretty sure the fact the previous Tiny ones were made during school hollidays with everyone at home and no work schedule had something to do with it. All the tiny details and tiny tiny stitches (there is a lot of handstitching and knitting involved in making them) do take a long time.

So if you’d like to take Clara or Lilly (or both) of them home just comment here or send me a message through the blog or through the facebook page with your offer.

Their base price is 100 Euros (the same as the previous ones). I’ll close offers tomorrow at noon (Lisbon time in about 13 hours) and contact the winner. Payment is due in two hours after that. If I get two offers with the same value I’ll draw a winner. International post is 11 Euros. (I think I’ve cover it all, did I?!)

Thank you so much!

Love,

Marta

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