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Making Dolls.

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I do think that the best toys are simple, natural and, usually, handcrafted. We make dolls that are knitted and crocheted with a variety of wools including yarn and roving from the lovely Rock Loaf Farm (so very local dolls!)

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Every time I make a new doll I am amazed to watch a personality develop as each feature is added. The dolls really come to life (sometimes cute – sometimes a little unsettling).

The “Doll Wigs” have to be the craziest things. I think that making the doll’s hair has to be my favourite part. This is the perfect place to use the pretty hand-painted yarns from my stash.  Sweet little bob-cuts in merino-silk, ccrazy “Fraggle Rock” style pony-tails or wild coloured dreadlocks! So many ways to style and create fanciful hair. Making a neat little crocheted cap is the first step to great doll hair. Then the cap is knotted with individual strands of yarn after which it is cut and styled.

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Crocheted pinafores, felted shoes with sweet wooden buttons and knitted bloomers clothe the dolls and get them ready for a trip to the market.

Then we get to fill the doll’s market bag with miniature needle-felted or crocheted fruits and vegetables. Big Fun!