Hi! And a big hello to everyone who has jumped over here from Sew Mama Sew – I am so honored to be part of their current series, Six Weeks of Love for Softies. When I was asked to participate as a contributor I was shaken out of my hidey-hole studio for a moment – I work alone (and love that part) and sometimes forget how big the internet is, and how great it is to connect with women in the same field. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who felt this way, and then I loved all those women even more. I am contributing alongside doll makers whose work I have loved for years – sooo, feels pretty nice.
The series of posts that is currently running is a truly great roundup of maker talent, tutorials, tips and tricks, and showcase dolls – just the kind of thing I wish had been around when I started. Also they are running a Soft Toy Drive (of handmade toys) for kids in foster care, and a Spectacular Softies Contest where you can make your own project and enter it to win some amazing prizes. And don’t you be scared to enter! Honestly, you couldn’t be surrounded by more warm and encouraging people. Doll makers I tell you…
I have also created two tutorials for Sew Mama Sew that come out this week! I am new at this kind of thing, and it is really interesting (and lots of hard work!) to look at your process step by step, taking notes and photos along the way. I am generally a pretty scrappy sewer, and it’s very rare that I follow patterns. More often I figure things out as I go, so it feels pretty good to have focused on these projects enough to share them. Enjoy, and it was so nice to see you here!