Violet Child

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Davis Farmers Market in Davis, California

It is so fun to sell my dolls at the Farmers Market in Davis.  I meet people there from all over the world.  The first doll to sell was on her way to the Alps in Italy.  I sold many dolls and soon must replenish my supply for the upcoming holiday season.  There are many fairs that I go to in the San Francisco area and around Northern California.  I hope you enjoy viewing this basket of storyteller puppets.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Waldorf Doll -- Storyteller Puppet

Okay the sideways photos are an issue.  I took these photos from my camera phone and I think that is the problem.  The photos are not sideways on Etsy so it could be a problem with the website.  I'm so sorry.  The doll is 10" tall and the sleeves are empty for your index finger and thumb for puppeteering.  The cape, hat and leggings are made of a recycled angora/lambswool sweater which was felted in the washing machine.  The doll skin is light brown and her hair is dark brown mohair boucle which makes for soft curls.

I have had some customers tell me that they take the storyteller out only at bedtime, which makes it very much fun for young children to go to bed at night.

The doll is for sale on my Etsy website. I'm giving Etsy a try.  Oh, and see how much better the lighting is on these photos?  They were taken in outdoor lighting on a natural dye rainbow silk.

Doll With Indigo Dyed Bamboo Velour Body

I can't figure out how to turn the other photo around so you can see it better (sorry).  Still kinda new at this.  Anyway, this 10" tall doll was made in the traditional Waldorf fashion only the body is made from indigo dyed bamboo velour (organic).  The fabric is so soft and snuggly, it is almost like silk velvet.  The wig is crocheted and brushed up to look more baby-like.  The rainbow silk in the background was also dyed with natural ingredients.  I have also learned (from Etsy) that natural lighting is best, as you will see from my next blog.  This doll is for sale on Etsy at

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sunflower Child

A woman at work, who collects sunflower art, lost her mother a week prior to Mother's Day.  I had wanted to make a sunflower doll for her anyway so thought this would be good timing.  The doll, by herself, stands 6" tall and is made from 100% wool felt.  She is stuffed with wool and her hands are cloth-covered wooden beads on a pipe cleaner, making the arms poseable.  The stem of the flower is wool felt sewn around a pipe cleaner.  The center of the sunflower is brown wool which has been needle-felted into the flower.  Her hair is the same color brown wool roving.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


These bunnies are made from upcycled sweaters -- either cashmere or angora.  The sweaters are washed in hot water in the washing machine causing the fibers to catch onto each other (felting).  The sweaters are then dryed in the dryer.  I cut off all parts of the sweater which will not be used and then the fabric is ready (no fraying).  I also use this method with my dollmaking.  The bunnies are stuffed with wool and lavender.  Just at the top of the photo you can see "baby carrots" which are made of wool felt.  The green mohair is needle-felted into the head.