Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wee Wonderfuls... and my first doll

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...

... and dressed up ready to go out.

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.

 Even Dane keeps telling me "She's really really cute."


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.

19 comments:

  1. She is really cute! I think I will have to make a topsy-turvy doll one of these days.

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  2. super cute kate! i got that book in the mail yesterday and was so impressed with the whole thing :)

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  3. So adorable! I love Wee Wonderfuls, actually bought a doll pattern from Hillary's shop earlier this year and somehow missed the news that there's now an entire book. Eek, off to Borders today to find it. What a lovely doll you made, she's just gorgeous!

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  4. Even as a child I found topsy turvey dolls far to weird to like. Having a second head under my skirt would completely freak me out, even if it was better dressed than the current me!

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  5. I remember topsy turvy dolls from when I was a kid - my grandmother had one that was Little Red Riding Hood on one side, and Grandma on the other - but if you pulled Grandma's sleeping cap over her face, it was the wolf on the other side! I always thought that was the most original thing I'd ever seen. The traditional one was a Mammy doll on one side, a Southern belle on the other - not very PC these days, so you don't see them very often any more.

    I'm going to have to check out this book, even if only for the little slumber party dolls!

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  6. Yes she is one adorable doll! There looks like there's lots of fun projects in the book! I can't wait until you live closer so I can borrow it. Oh and I love Dane's hair spiky like that.

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  7. Eeek, Kate! You did a really wonderful job with your doll! I have that book on my Christmas list and I'm really hoping I get it.

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  8. Really cute, and I agree, Eddie looks a wonderful one to make too, but just look at that photo of Dane.. talking about the cutest! If your child looks like that at your doll you know you've done good!!

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  9. I love your version Kate! She is beautiful. That book is awesome, I made Lucy the sleepover pals and she plays with them all the time! I have the storybook girl and penny picked out for Christmas gifts - I think you've inspired me to get working on them today!

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  10. I made a similar doll for my now 17 year old granddaughter. I wish I still had it. One face was white and one was brown, I thought that was important.

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  11. Love the Hope Valley dresses! I just picked up this book from the library. I don't know where to start! You did a great job with her hair.

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  12. Not perfect?? Yes she is! She's amazing! She's just beautiful. I'm so glad you're enjoying the book :)

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  13. so cute Katie ... can't wait to see it in person this weekend ... I only wish you were there with me ... I am currently debating as to whether I should make a table runner or not.

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  14. She is just gorgeous. I particularly like that she is a read head. :)

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  15. WOW!!! Amazing job - that hair is incredible! Looking forward to pix of the doll party, what fun!

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  16. Adorable! I'm pretty sure my granddaughter, Charlotte, would love a brunette version. Or maybe I should make a redhead...like me!

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  17. You must be extremely talented to make something that lovely for the first time. I love how you designed her clothes and hair! I always like dolls wearing skirts and yours is one of the nicest ones I’ve seen.

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