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20 December 2009 @ 08:25 pm
Dollies!  
So, one of the best benefits of friends who have produced daughters is the opportunity to make extra-cute items. It's not age-appropriate yet, but I could not resist making a little dolly for Miss M. I tried to document it, but while I can find references to little Norse children "playing house," I have not found a mention or example of a dolly. Oh well, you can't play house without a baby, so here she is: She's linen, stuffed with linen scarp, wool hair, linen embroidered features, linen tunic and dress, wool shawl, leather shoes, all items handsewn. There's a tin annular brooch and metal button "brooches." I made her to be one of the "awake on one side/sleepy on the other" dollies, with the little coif to cover the side not in use. This was actually a little ironic, since zarhooie was also working on a project for me that she just gave me at Border Down's Yuletide. Here's Miss M's dolly and Gelgeis chilling out on the couch. She has a linen under tunic, linen tunic, wool coat, wool braids, "amber" and glass necklaces, a handwoven tabletwoven belt, leather shoes, and a bag with a sewing kit and money purse filled with "gold" coins. Hee. So cute! Hurray for geeky dollies!
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Eliane/Jennifer: Colleen speaksgflower on December 21st, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
YEEEE! They are BOTH wonderful. I'm going to remember the decorating/costuming possibilities of Build-A-Bear animals.

Did I tell you that I once made a "Ren Faire Bear" out of a plain teddy bear for one of my Bismarck co-workers? (I had a month in Bismarck in August after leaving my job, before I was moving to Marshfield. So I made some going-away presents for friends.) Not being very well-versed in garb at that point (about, um, six weeks before joining the SCA) the bear had a little red satin vest trimmed in acetate lace, attached white cotton woofy sleeves, a white cotton petticoat, and a matching red satin skirt trimmed in more lace, with a tulip cut in the front. The co-worker was sort of a flower child--she and her fiance had traveled with the Dead for a summer--but I didn't trust my costuming skills to make a hippie outfit, so Ren Faire it was.

The other co-worker got a Sailor Bear wearing a little navy-blue-with-white-piping jumper and sailor hat. I kind of wish I'd gotten pictures of both the presents and the co-workers. We three were our only support system that year at that library.
jtdiiijtdiii on December 21st, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
Love the pigtails on the frog... :)
Miss Katzarhooie on December 21st, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
They were not hard to do, even! I was very impressed with myself. :)

Here's the Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/llama_go_moooo/sets/72157622811534413/
birdkillerladybirdkiller on December 21st, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
the research I've done into doll making says that pretty much every time and place has some sort of cloth doll.
eithni: Pictisheithni on December 23rd, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
Yeah... but no Viking EVIDENCE... :P
lady_annora on December 21st, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
I've been wanting to make doll garb for my own Miss M
Your doll turned out SO cute!
(Anonymous) on December 21st, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Best of both worlds - cute *and* geektastic!
Saraidhsaraidh on December 21st, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
That was me. I thought was logged in, but apparently not...
Eyja: norseeyja on December 21st, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard of any cloth dollies surviving from the Viking Age. There is at least one wooden doll that has survived from Novgorod (12th century), and this website references clothes for dolls found in Russia:

http://aelflaed.homemail.com.au/doco/vikingtoychest.html
eithni: Pictisheithni on December 23rd, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've seen that. :)
Eyja: norseeyja on December 23rd, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
I figured, just wanted to make sure. It's a good article it is. ^_^
dread_exdread_ex on December 23rd, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
Awwwww!
ego_id_non_feciego_id_non_feci on December 23rd, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
I know. I want to regress and have you adopt me, so I can get doll prezzies from Aunt Eithni.

Sigh. Well, if I get some sort of dementia that causes me to mentally regress, that's what I want out of life.

An Eithni-quality doll.

Please?
eithni: greeneithni on December 26th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
Or spawn of your own... or maybe if you just ask extra-nice...