Sunday, November 10, 2013

How my doll journey began


My name is WendyLee, I'm 39 years old, I live in Arizona and I'm in love with making dolls. This is how my doll journey began..

Back in 1978 when I was 4 years old, my Mother took me to Sunday school for the first time and the Sunday school teacher told the girls to try to make dolls. There were two huge card board boxes in the corner of the classroom and one had scraps of cloth and the other box had naked doll bodies. There was a girl about my age who took the pieces of fabric and whipped up dresses like crazy. I had no idea what I was doing and really got jealous of her and her skills. I REALLY REALLY wanted to know how to do what she was doing, and overtime I figured it out on my own, and have been interested in it since then.

I started making fabric dolls and eventually experimented with clay, which is my favorite type to make (clay and cloth dolls). I get an idea and I just have to execute it. Overtime I've made many dolls, but always end up selling them because there is no space in my house for all of them. Honestly, it's very hard to sell or give away a doll; for some reason I become emotionally attached and it feels like I'm actually giving up a child. It's strange but true.

I've decided to open a blog to record all the dolls that I make, but also to connect with other doll makers out there in the world who have the same interest as me; doll making. I don't know anyone personally who likes to make dolls but it would be interesting to get to know others who do.

Also, I'll be opening up my own online store on Etsy and a Facebook page just for my doll making.

Currently I'm working on a "Vintage Circus Doll" line and will be recording my progress along the way with plenty of pictures and explanations of fabric etc. used in the process.

If you have your own blog, and make dolls as well, please let me know. I'd love to get to know you and see your work.

Till next time
-WendyLee