I was absolutely thrilled to find this book - Wee Wonderfuls by Hillary Lang - on my doorstep recently (kindly sent to me by Abrams Books - thankyou!). I had secretly wanted to try making a doll ever since I saw dolls from this book on a couple of blogs, but I wasn't sure that I would be able to drag myself away from my quilts long enough to warrant buying the book. However, from the first peek I was smitten with the many gorgeous projects in this book and I couldn't help but start on my first doll that very same day.
There were so many incredibly cute projects to choose from, with each doll or toy having their own personalities. Hillary shows you lots of different techniques in the various dolls, and so once you've made a couple you could easily mix and match the features you want on your doll (eg. felt or yarn hair).
The photography is gorgeous and there are tonnes of step by step diagrams so that even a beginner doll maker like me felt confident to try one of the more challenging projects. There's also a section at the back that goes through basic doll making techniques - a great resource. I would definitely recommend this book!
Eddie is certainly on the list for my son - just have to find that hair.
And those Sleep over Pals are just too cute!! They look like they'd be nice and quick too.
But the doll that really captured my heart and imagination was Margot, the topsy turvy doll. I would have LOVED one of these when I was a girl. She's two dolls in one - or should I say, the same girl, just dressed down, ready to work...
Isn't she just adorable!
Not perfect, but not bad for a first attempt I say.
I finally let my kids near her and they're just as smitten.
I'm thrilled with how she turned out and have already started on another of the dolls. Actually, when I started showing the book around to family members it caused such a stir that we ended up having an impromptu wee wonderfuls doll making party, which was a blast! I'll show photos soon.
You can find Hillary's Wee Wonderfuls book online HERE and HERE and lots more crafty inspiration on her blog.