New Shapes, New Dolls

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Every once in a while I get the feeling that something needs to change (of course, in my everyday life, I get that feeling a lot – forever restless). The dolls needed to be revived, I needed toΒ  stay interested. So I spent some time fooling around with shapes and made a few new patterns – I love these narrow, easy to hold bodies and thin limbs (even though they take considerably more time to turn and stuff!). There is a sweetness and elfishness about these dolls that intrigues me and makes me want to make one after the other, just to see what the next one will look like – it’s a surprise, even to me, until all the parts come together. Keep an eye out for more like this in the shop – I will be adding them as they are made. Here’s to the beginning of summer!

{ps, loved this episode}

Bon Voyage

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Earlier this week I was cleaning out my studio. I have a lot of supplies and a pretty small space to keep them, so it doesn’t take long before it feels tight. These four big animals had been keeping me company in there for the last year since I made them as part of the Imaginary Architects exhibit at the Saskatchewan Craft Council. I am pretty fond of them, simply because of their size, but I knew it was time to make room, and perhaps someone else would like to adopt them. I put out a call on instagram for anyone wanting to give them a home, and within the day they were off – one locally, one to BC, one to New Hampshire, and One to the UK. I set them in our porch while they waited to be boxed up, and I kind of loved the sight of them there. Also, a shot of me looking like we are telling jokes, when really I am just trying to keep everyone upright after dashing into the photo (I’ll likely never relinquish the self timer…). Bon Voyage sweet animals, it was fun.

 

Animal Dress-Up Dolls!

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You can see them all here in my shop…

Wishing you a lovely day!

Sew Mama Sew, Six Weeks of Love for Softies

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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…

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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!

-Erin

The Wee Elves, New for Spring!

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It all started with those ears…

And then I really couldn’t stop. I just couldn’t. Actually, let’s back up – it really started when a lovely customer requested a custom elf for their baby born on Christmas. The doll I made for them had a pink pixie hair style and a certain look, and I knew I would have to make more. And then when I went to make a few little people dolls recently, well, I remembered about those ears.

I am entirely smitten with every one of these dolls. Their frizzy hair and freckles, their little pouches, that corduroy bunny jacket(!), their rosy little cheeks. Oh there is something so good about the tiny little changes that happen in making, the ones that make you fall in love with it all over again.

You can find these Wee Elves in my shop – and to be sure, there will be more…

Have a wonderful weekend, xo

Imginary Architects hosts the Farm Family

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I am so excited about this little (okay not so little, most of these animals are pretty hefty) group of farm friends that is part of a group exhibition happening at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Affinity Gallery right this very minute! My piece is called ‘Farm Family Photo’ and as you can see, the animals have decided that they should most certainly have their photo taken. It was sent out with their Christmas cards…sheep made sure.

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If you are in Saskatoon in the Broadway area you should really stop by and see the show, it is full of good, fun art, and would also be a wonderful place to take some *well behaved* children. The Gallery is right on Broadway, and you can even take your own wallet sized version (that sheep! she is on top of this!) of the Farm Family Photo while you are there. Thanks to the Craft Council for putting on this show, I am delighted to be part of it.

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Inspiring People: Evie Barrow

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I first learned of Evie through her very beautiful and detailed dolls and plush creations – these folk-inspired one of a kind dolls that embrace their material flaws (and just look at all the tiny hand embroidered stitches!). But then I followed her a little further and it turns out that Evie is so talented in so many areas, the kind of illustrator-designer-maker that makes me immediately feel jealous and want to be friends all at once. Her blog is where she shares her new work, her drawings, doodles, inspirations, personal tid bits, free crafts and designs, and stunning photography. I may have read the whole thing all at once, and it is completely inspiring me to get back to drawing and finally learn some computer skills that are sorely missing from my life. To say the least, the little world Evie has created is really really lovely.

Have a look at her blog, facebook page, instagram, and etsy shop. Thank you so much Evie!