Hope everyone is enjoying a lovely Sunday. Spring is finally making a bit of an entrance here in the Uk, well as of today that is -one never knows what lays in store for a British weather- 🙂
So today I wanted to share with you the second collection of dolls I’ve been working on, called “Petite Miss Mademoiselle”
After creating “Les Petits Compagnons” I wanted to try something new and explore further the creation of dolls. What really fascinates me is the creative process and the endless possibilities. Trying new things and letting my imagination run wild and free.
Practice makes perfect, as they say, and while I have yet to consider any of my creations as work of perfection, some techniques are finally sinking in, which allows me to try new things in other areas.
Below are the two first “human” dolls I made. They are much bigger than what the “Petite Miss Mademoiselle” look like now but I am very fond of these two, so much so that I’m still debating whether I’ll put them up for sale or not.
They were my first attempt at embroidering faces before stitching the doll together. They also have individual limbs in comparison to “Les Petits Compagnons” designs.
They also have hair!! which is a bit of a tricky process and rather tedious to make but so much can be conveyed through a hairstyle.
So when I decided to create the “Petite Miss Mademoiselle” collection I really wanted to push that hair feature on the dolls, and especially what “black hair” looks like. Growing up it was really hard to come by any toy that resembled me, and when they did match my skin colour, the hair wasn’t anything like mine. Hair that defies gravity and blooms wild and free, to be worn like a crown. So I wanted to reach out to my little self and say, “your hair is beautiful in its natural state, don’t be ashamed. Celebrate it!”
And there it was! Big Afros and Afro Puffs 😀
The Afros were created using a selection of natural un-dyed super chunky yarns from
supplier World of Wool.
Top picture, from left to right: Grey Corriedale, Moorit Shetland and Black Jacob wool.
For a more straight looking kinda of hair, I’ve used different dyed Merino wool. It is as soft as the wool listed above but with less texture and form.
In the end, I managed to create a variety of hairstyles, echoing the beauty of all the textures, colour, and hairdos we come across in real life.
I intend to make more of this “Petite Miss Mademoiselle” but in the meantime keep an eye out as these sweethearts will soon be out for grab in my shop!
Have a lovely Sunday.