Guess what I found on one of my junking days at the second hand shop?
THIS…a big bag of mismatched wooden doll pieces and giant peg doll looking things to decorate. Don’t laugh…I know someone is laughing out there. Even here in a world of typed out letters, those giggles are pretty powerful and even the tiniest of giggles can be felt from miles away.
Okay, go ahead and laugh, I know it is a weird bag of sorts. I have never seen these craft supplies before. So for anyone who does the hobby of wooden dolls, understand that not everyone knows what these are. I didn’t, but I do know a bargain when I see one, so I bought them to take home and decorate.
I have always been fascinated by folk art. This bag was a big bag of fun, that’s what I saw.
But before I had a chance to decorate them. I decided to head to an exhibit a museum in our city was having this month.
It was all fabric dolls.
There was no way I was going to be able to create anything like these. If I even tried I would have ended up frustrated and disappointed. Creating is about just letting go and doing what our heart tells is to do.
No stress, no competition, none of that pressure…just create away. Oh and never worry about perfection. Nail it moments sometimes turn out the best little pieces of art.
Okay, back to the museum for inspiration. The dolls at the museum were amazing of course.
Folk art gives us all a bit of history with how things were in others loves when the art piece was created.
Of course my favorite part at the museum was the photography of the native Americans and their lives back in time. So beautiful.
Such much beauty in those old black and white photos. I will have to do a fun post on hunting for old black and white photos at antique shops.
The exhibit had several pieces to get me in the creative mood before I started on my dolls.
My dolls will not be like these beautiful soft sculptures. Look at their detail, just amazing to see up close. I can’t do this you guys, just not happening. I loved seeing these though, so glad they were created for so many people to enjoy.
The horses had a ton of little beads in their designs. The photos are a bit dark. You are not allowed to use the flash in art exhibits.
Some of the dolls did not have faces. I am terrible at faces but I decided I was still going to try to come up with some sort of face when I did my wooden folk art dolls.
Once I got home I pulled out all my wool and vintage yarns and started designing my doll’s dresses.
It was pretty easy, just wrap different colored yarns around the doll.
The faces were hard. But I tend to stick to whimsical things, so I just did some cute little faces with heart cheeks.
The painting part always makes me a little nervous.
For hair I tied yarn strings together and glued onto tops.
Then glued little bits of cut yarn for bangs.
I always add bangs to my dolls, think they look cuter that way.
Adding hair really adds character to them.
Then I needle felted arms for them
I made sleeves out of bits of felt, then added the arms and glued that onto the dolls.
Flowers were the theme for my dolls and lots of color as always.
In my world there are always lots of colors and flowers everywhere. For extra detail, I even added some beaded necklaces.
You probably recognize the Sunflower from an older post. I wanted one of my dolls to be holding a flower and this felt flower was perfect for that.
I started this project around our 4th of July celebrations. I added an Americana doll for a holiday display of mine. I have so many wooden dolls to decorate that I will be making a Fall/pumpkin, Christmas and Easter doll too.
Hope you all enjoyed this dollar day do over and I hope you guys get a chance to create your own folk art dolls. They are fun little conversation pieces to add to our home decor. Maybe a self portrait kind of doll would be fun to do with a photo of you or even a family member that you design your dolls after.
Happy creating everyone.