Tuesday, July 27, 2010


This doll is articulated so she has lots of movement. My daughter is fascinated with making her dolls dance. So I figured I'd make her one that can really dance. For modesty, she is wearing one of my daughter's play silks. I haven't measured her, but I'm guessing she is roughly 24". She is made from all natural materials.

Update:  Flopsie now has a top and some bloomers keeping her warm now.  They are made out of minky trimmed with lace.  Just need to get a picture of her and then make her dress and some hair.


  1. ...I love her! I can't wait to see her finished... :o)

    ...Where did you learn how to needle sculpt? Are you self taught or do you know of a good book to recommend?

    ...I know this is gonna sound silly but I just have to ask, whatever became of the Orphanage creations that you used to do? I was always mesmerized by that. I remember that is how I actually found you and started following your work. :o)

    ...Blessings... :o)

  2. Hi TJ,

    Thanks for the kind words. I can't wait to finish Flopsie either.

    I learned how to needle sculpt from several sources. There are three I can think of right off the top of my head. The first is Needle Sculpting Cloth Doll Faces
    By Virginia Robertson, the second was an article on needle sculpting by Leslie Molan and the third and most important source is Akira Blount's video.



    You may rent Mrs. Blount's dvd here:

    Also, another good source is Vickie Riley's Dinky Baby patterns.

    Free Pattern here:

    As for the orphans, well...when I was pregnant with my daughter, I wasn't able to sew because I was put on bed rest. Unfortunately, that meant I wasn't able to sew and my interest in my group MRSBO waned. So it kinda fell apart. Now that I'm a Momma, I like to make things my daughter can play with and, hopefully, other children. The orphans were not something a child could play with. Now I feel comfortable if I'm working on something that's safe for my little to grab and put through the ringer. Maybe someday down the road, the little orphans will return.

    Thanks again for your interest and I hope some of the links I posted will help. One last thing, all of Susanna Oroyan's books are great to have on hand as well.

    Best wishes,