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Felt Wee Folk & Dabbling with Dolls (and a Give-Away)

 

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Are you familiar with the Salley Mavor’s wee felt folk?

Quite a while ago, I fell in love with Salley’s artwork, through her book illustrations. (I reviewed her book, Pocketful of Posies, here). On exploring her artwork, I discovered her website and blog, and her book Felt Wee Folk, reviewed here.

Salley’s approach to her doll making and the creation of her little scenes struck me as very adaptable for embroiderers who are particularly interested in dimensional embroidery and stumpwork – especially stumpwork figures.

Ever since my first encounter with Salley’s work, I’ve longed to dabble with doll making.

I never gave into the longing. After all, I’m an embroiderer, not a doll-maker, right?

But earlier this year, my sister and I got into a few discussions on doll making and we found ourselves exploring all kinds of options for making little dolls. When Salley contacted me about her upcoming new book, Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures, and asked if I’d like to review it and participate in a “blog tour” of book reviews for it, I thought it was serendipitous. I said, You Bet!

It seems like the best excuse in the world to throw off my inhibitions about making dolls!

So, today, I’m going to review Salley’s new book for you, and then I’m going to introduce you to my new stitching companion and offer you a chance to win your own copy of the book!

Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures - by Salley Mavor

Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures is an instructional book, first of all.

But it’s oh-so-much more than that! If you work with felt and embroidery, if you create three-dimensional textile art and the like, the book is a terrific source of inspiration, too!

Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures - by Salley Mavor

The book instructs on how to make 120 different wee felt dolls, from very small 1.5″ dolls to larger, 4″ dolls. You’ll learn what supplies you need to create these little masterpieces, how to paint their faces, build their bodies, decorate their clothes, dress them, fix their hair and add a myriad of adorable details to bring your dolls to life.

Ok, well… not literally to life… not really. But almost!

Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures - by Salley Mavor

The book is divided into various clusters and groups of interacting dolls – from woodland fairies, to children playing in the snow, to Mary and her little lamb and all her school chums, to dollhouse families, a nativity scene, a royal court, and much more!

Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures - by Salley Mavor

Each group of dolls is displayed in a particular setting, like this little group of fairies in the woods. We see the setting and all the individual dolls, and then Salley takes us step-by-step through creating each doll in that group.

It’s a very organized book, and the instructions are super easy to follow. (I tested them thoroughly, as you’ll see below.)

In addition to the instructions for making each doll, there are patterns for their clothes along with suggested embroidery embellishments, and there’s a small stitch dictionary in the back of the book to help you with the embroidery.

You can easily mix and match the various clothes patterns, dolls, embellishment ideas, and so forth. The book provides a vast variety of possibilities.

All in all, a thorough, fun book, and a super resource for anyone interested in making dimensional characters.

My Adventures in Doll Making

When I received Salley’s book, the first thing I noticed is that the supplies for making her dolls are very easy to come by. The only “specialty” thing that you might not have access to locally is a variety of wool felt. But … because I use felt in embroidery quite a bit … I have a pretty good stash.

Once it was obvious that all the supplies were easily available, it seemed a shame not to try making one little doll. Just for a little diversion, you know!

My sister suggested a “craft hour” where we could work through the method together with some of her kids, too, so that’s how I spent Friday night.

Just a warning: this doll-making stuff – it’s super addictive!

So that’s how I spent Saturday afternoon, too.

And, if you must know, Sunday afternoon, too.

Bendable Doll with Felt Clothes, Embroidery

So, here she is. My first attempt at a complete doll.

I’ve decided she can be my stitching companion. I even gave her a needle. It’s a #10 crewel (which is tiny), but it looks lethal in her hands.

She was a bunch of fun to make! If you have any inkling at all that you might enjoy doing this kind of thing – try it!

What I especially enjoyed was the fact that the instructions in Salley’s book are so very clear. I didn’t have to guess at anything. She tells you exactly what supplies you need, gives precise measurements for everything, tells you what steps to follow, and in what order, making the whole experience a pleasure.

Where to Find Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures

You can find Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures through Salley’s Etsy shop, where your order comes with some special little extras – faux flowers to make a couple fairy dolls, the author’s autograph in the book, a Felt Wee Folk poster, and a Salley Mavor notecard.

You can also find Felt Wee Folk, New Adventures on Amazon, where it is ranked #1 best seller in toy-making books right now.

Worldwide, you can find Felt Wee Folk: New Adventures through Book Depository, with free shipping.

Other Insights on the Book!

You’ll find other insights to Felt Wee Folk through the other bloggers who will be reviewing the book in the near future and giving away a copy as well. Here’s the blog tour review schedule – feel free to drop in and see what others have to say about the book!

March 6: Mimi Kirchner will review it on her blog, Doll: The Art and Craft of Mimi Kirchner.
March 10: Look for Margaret Bloom’s review on her blog We Bloom Here.
March 12: You’ll find it reviewed on the C&T Publishing blog.
March 13: You’ll find a review on Wee Folk Art, a blog devoted to all kinds of crafting.
March 15: Phoebe Wahl will review it on her blog

Book Give-Away – She Needs a Name!

If you’d like to join in a give-away for a copy of Felt Wee Folk, New Adventures, please follow these guidelines:

1. Leave a comment below, answering the following question:

My stitching companion needs a name. Any suggestions?

If the winner lives in the US, C&T publishing will send you a hard copy of the book. If you live abroad, you’ll receive a downloadable electronic copy.

Leave your comment by 5:00 am (central time – KS, USA) Saturday, March 7th, and I’ll announce the winner that day!

 
 

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  1. Oh dear, now you’ve done it! I make dolls now and then, varying from tiny pipcleaner based ones to knitted ones (the Dollivers on my blog are the characters adapted from the Knitted Babes book, and have taken on a life and a following of their own!).

    And now here you are with a reminder of those great felt dolls. I think I saw this maker on HGTV ages ago, and loved her woodland dolls. So here’s where some of my time will be going….oh, and I think your new stitching friend is Stitchmary!

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    1. Hi, Liz! Salley’s dolls are pipe-cleaner based, too. Then they’re dressed up in felt. The base is quite sturdy and bendable, due to her method of reinforcing and wrapping the various appendages. They’re so much fun to make!

  2. You could name her “Sophie” (“Sewphie”?). Everyone else will probably come up with that one. Her brown curly hair inspired me. She’s very sweet.

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  3. Her name is Alsarada Botchakaloopia. (This is the name of my mother’s childhood imaginary friend.) It’s a big name for a darling little doll.

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  4. The clothing she is wearing looks somewhat Ukranian to me, so I think Sasha would be a good name for her! I just adore Salley Mavor’s work – your first attempt at this was outstanding 🙂

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  5. I have long loved Salley’s work. She not only creates beautiful wee ones, but the world they live in too. Fairy houses, animal friends, trees, birds….oh the list is long and magical! You mention Salley has included patterns…how fun! I look forward to reading more reviews of the book and seeing more of her work.
    Your sweet girl does indeed need a name. When I first read the post I thought you had named her #10 crewel! My pick is Grace…which also means to embellish.
    Deb

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  6. Hi Mary. I think your stitching companion looks like a Bonie. With her cute bonnet she is gorgeous. I’m a stump work fan and have been trying to make a stumpwork fairy but not with good results. Sally’s book would be soooooooo useful. Gill in the Uk. xxx

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  7. Matilda! (As in Dancing Maatilda!) I have 3 grand daughters and this looks like a project we could have a lot of fun with!

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  8. I found Salley’s previous book a delight too, so hoping this one is just as good, if not better. It has been lovely seeing the build up to its release.

    I think Esmerelda not sure why 🙂

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  9. She is beautiful Mary! What a beautiful face you created for her. Love the idea that she is your companion! My companion is the spirit of my grandmother, Theodora who taught me the beautiful art of hand embroidery. Perhaps you should name your doll after someone who inspired you! If not, then I think you should name her Sera for Serendipity which is what brought her to you.

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  10. I think you should call her “Coral Daisy”. Because her jacket is the color of coral and had daisy stitching on it. ;-). She’s adorable by the way. I have made lots of these little dolls. Maybe close to 100. Love Salley Mavors work and yours as well.

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  11. You should name your doll Embroidra. It relates to the thing you love and it has a vintage ring to it that matches her look!

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  12. Miss Muse ! She needs to have a special place in your studio where she can be the source of inspiration for a creative artist like you.

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  13. Good morning Mary,

    I apologize in advance for my poor attempts at humor but initially nothing cute came to my mind looking at the needle in her little hand!

    The needle looks like a deadly weapon, she is a murderess with a sweet face. Imagine Don Corleone saying “Send the Needle Doll Face to finish the job”.

    Bad jokes aside, she reminds me of Lizzie Bennett, cute face with a sharp mind (or needle in this case).

    Regards,

    Jackie

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    1. Just home after a quick trip before the freezing rain, taking a minute to look at all the newer nominations….What a whimsical, imaginative group of people read Needle ‘n’ Thread. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a convention?

  14. I think something old-fashioned – part of me likes something simple, like Anne or Jane, but another part of me like Tabitha…and then I thought of Hitty (after the book – Hitty: Her First 100 Years by Rachel Field)

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  15. Great job –and she’s your first time out! Especially the face.

    I took kaminingyo (paper doll) making classes in Japan. The teacher gave each of us an identical kit yet he could always tell who made which because, he said, our dolls look like the maker. Do you think she takes after you with her curls and wide open eyes, and her needle (or her magic wand? Perhaps she is missing her embroidery from her other hand?)

    Perhaps you could name your doll “Little Mary” or another version of your name–something not too obvious –like Marbette, especially since she will be your sewing companion? Marietta. Even Betty. Or go generic–Mme. DeLaBroderie, for example. Mary Broder. Too many to think of–but you will find the perfect one, I am sure.

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  16. I would call her Mabel after my aunt who taught my mom to knit. (Mom never got too good at it, but she was able to teach me how to cast on and knit – just enough to get me going!) Every year when I was little Aunt Mabel made all the nieces a flannel nightgown for Christmas – all seven of us. Every other year we got a homemade robe made of quilted, satiny fabric, too. For many years she worked from her home making custom draperies for many satisfied customers. We thought she could anything with a needle. Mabel. Yes.

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  17. Beautiful job on your first doll! What did you use for her hair? I love it. Did you sew it to her felt wig or glue to the wooden bead?

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  18. This is crazy! I literally just found Salley Mavors work last week. I want to BE that woman! Did you see her rabbitat video? So inspirational! And now here you are, my other embroidery heroine reviewing her book. If that’s not fate telling me to get this book then I don’t know what is!

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  19. Dear Mary

    I don’t usually participate in a give-away but I love this book your doll above is gorgeous, lovely first attempt and I love the colours you have chosen for her clothes. She reminds me of a woodland character so therefore my name for your lovely doll is MAUD which represents the Malden Forest here in Bedfordshire in the UK, the name means powerful battler and a variant of Matilda. She would have to be powerful living in a forest and surviving in such a rural setting. I really like this post I can’t believe you made her in an afternoon. Thanks so much for reviewing this book it looks so delightful.

    Regards Anita Simmance

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  20. Hello, Mary. It’s another White Christmas day here (snowing like mad, is this December?)
    I also have wanted to “play with dolls” ever since you reviewed her other book Felt Wee Folk (which I ofcourse HAD to have. LOL) Well, I may just have to purchase this one as well. I have a dear friend who lost her husband a year ago today. She also has a mentally handicapped daughter of 25 yrs. If we ever, ever get this new house built (it’s half way there) she is planning to come for a visit and I intend to pamper her – she needs it! Well, wouldn’t this be a fun thing for us to do together? I have lots of oaks, so I can gather plenty of caps. 😉 Thanks again Mary, I was unaware of this book. So, onto the wishlist it goes…
    I am terrible with names (titles for paintings give me fits.) But I have to give my 2 cents worth. Hahaha! How about…
    Frou-Frou Fandangle, Fanny when you are talking with her. LOL.

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  21. Annabelle is the name that popped into my head the moment you introduced your new companion. I have always loved little things: tiny cups and saucers; miniature Christmas trees decorated with beads and handmade lace; miniature books; Borrowers (I’ve always wondered what uses they find for all the needlework tools and toys that have disappeared around my house) I think I have to have this book.

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  22. Oh Mary, I would love this book! I so adore tiny projects. These dolls would be fun. I would like to make a fairy garden with the. Oh and your companion looks like a “Naomi” to me.

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  23. Absolutely adorable!! How about Miss Muffet as she is sitting oh so comfortably, possibly on a tuffet? Or maybe you can make one?! 😉

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  24. How about the name “Angela” so that she can be your little Angel and watch over all your stitches…

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  25. I’ve been an admirer of Salley Mavor’s work for years and she has had a strong influence on my own creative life.
    Mary, your doll is lovely. She looks like a southern Belle with her long curls and bonnet. Perhaps you should name her Belle.

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  26. Croceate Cate (to go along with Corbet if you like a lot of C and refers to saffron colors of her current costume). Like you, I am thoroughly enchanted with Mavor’s felt constructions. Whether it comes from an inability to not pick up & take home an acorn cap or a seashell, I love the felt Wee Folk. When I told my adult niece about the new book she was afraid to let her 3 daughters know about it as they might never go to soccer practice or other activities. Easy to see your spending an extra day and I’d love the book to play too.

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  27. Well, Mary, her name has to be Cynthia! My mom drove a mint green Chevrolet named Cynthia. It’s a pretty name seldom used these days. For a pretty doll!

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  28. She reminds me of the Coralbell flowers my mother-in-law used to grow. 🙂 How about “Cora Belle” or “Cora Beth”?

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  29. I vote for Nelle.
    what a great job you dod on her. I have long been fascinated with Salley and her books and will have to purchase a copy if I don’t win.

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    1. Lady Lancealot. Love it!

      An option for hair is to use mohair locks. Naturally curly, long enough, you can buy it in small amounts and style it.

  30. How about Cotton Jenny? I’ve loved that name ever since I first heard the Gordon Lightfoot song, and though her coat is wool, it looks like her beautiful dress is cotton. I love Sally’s books! I’ve purchased the original one for friends, and have made a few of the dolls, now I’m inspired to pull it out and make some more.

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  31. I have to agree with the others who suggested Elizabeth (for Elizabeth Bennett). That was the first name that came to mind after looking at her.

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  32. I’m showing the nerdiest parts of me, but I think you should name her Lt. Uhura, because Spock died Friday.

    Alas, poor Yorick, we knew him well.

    -Monika in Mobile

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  33. I think her name should be BLOSSOM. She makes me think of a new flower just blooming in the early summer garden.

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  34. Miss Flossie is a lovely little thing. Good job!

    And, yes, making these little dolls is addictive. I have a fairly battered copy of Sally’s first book (found at a used book store), and made LOTS of wee folk when my grandson and nephew needed a royal family, knights, and pirates for their castles and pirate ships.

    I’ve seen the new book around, but haven’t looked into it, yet, but it’s on my list!

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  35. Your little companion looks like an Emma Jane to me. Not sure why, but I have seen these lovely little dolls and thought why not make one…but do I really need to add another kind of thing to try?? I may succumb someday, but meanwhile I’ll watch your wonderful stitching with “??”. Love your work, Mary.

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  36. I have long been a fan of Salley’s. Your first attempt is a success I would say. She has the sweetest face and should be a wonderful companion. When I saw her Lucinda popped into my mind.

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  37. Annabell! That is just what comes to my mind every time I look at her. I have 2 little granddaughters and am thinking they may be quite delighted by these little figures.

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  38. I like Sarah Jane. It is kind of old fashion and I think it suits her. I love dolls and have them of many sizes and materials. I have enjoyed making and dressing dolls all my life, which is getting to be quite long. Dolls have always been a joy!

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  39. Great job on your little companion. I love these little dolls and can see a huge community for my grand daughter to play with. OK….me too 🙂 I’m not sure if anyone else mentioned this name, but “Flossie” came to me the minute I saw her. It just seemed fitting….you know 🙂

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  40. Hi Mary – These wee folk dolls are so cute.

    Here are some name possibilities for your stitching friend:

    Sewella
    Stitcherella
    Threadelina
    Threadina
    Flossy
    Sewy
    Stitchy
    Little Stitch

    oh, the possibilities are endless…

    Judy

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  41. She’s adorable, what about Elsie? That was my English mother’s name and she taught me embroidery when I was a child. Now I want to make one!

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  42. Hi Mary, I have Sally’s first book in my library of “must keep forevers”! And thanks so much for the other bloggers of inspiration; what fun! So I just wasted over a half-hour (I think, I don’t dare to look at the clock) getting recipes and ideas…
    How about “Prudence” for a name? She’s very sweet, whatever you name her!

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  43. She looks like a Phoebe to me. I have no idea why as I know no one with that name but as soon as I saw her, before you even asked for a name, I thought, “Phoebe!”

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  44. Thanks for the great review of the book. I’m looking forward to seeing the book in real life.

    Your girl is just lovely. I think she looks like her name could be Chloe.

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  45. She very much looks like Cecilia to me. Wonderful colours…. thank you for the opportunity – I have Salley’s first book and it is very inspirational.

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  46. Well, you have me spinning with your new delightful and darling little sewing companion!! She is absolutely wonderful!! As I’ve told Salley, I am normally a paper crafter, scrapbooking and cardmaker, but this new book captured my attention immediately and I do believe this is going to be my next crafty obsession lol!! I love hearing that Salley’s instructions are straight forward and easy to understand–that is exactly what a beginner like myself needs! I do happen to have a decent stash of fabrics and wool felt so I’m thrilled that I need very little other than this book itself to get started!!! Thanks SO much for sharing your first doll and you have done a most fabulous job with her!! You inspire me–thank you Mary!!! My pick for your sweet doll is Emma! 🙂

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  47. Oh dear – another book to add to my wish list. As for a name – how about ‘Marbet’ (first three letters of Mary, and last three letters of Corbet).

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  48. I enjoyed your review and your sweet little doll. She has a lot of personality already. I think Elspeth Neustytch would be a good name for her.

    I am a big fan of Salley’s and have her first wee folk book. I’m looking forward to sitting down with this new one.

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  49. I think she looks like a Marie DuBarry…..French eyes and hair, and a needle that looks more casually dangerous than an ice pick!

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  50. I have no idea why, but when I saw your little dolly I thought “Clorinda” so that is my suggestion, she is very cute.

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  51. Dear Mary, your excellent first wee felt doll might like to be called Mary-Clare – after our well-known patron of needlework, Mary, and St Clare of Assisi, the patron saint of needleworkers.

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  52. I think her name is Rebekah. She is quite lovely.

    I would really love to win the book.
    Thanks for giving us the opportunity. Enjoy your website.

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  53. A fun name for your sewing companion could be “Feltlicity” or “Salley” in honor of Salley Mavor!
    I’ve been following her work for years and to this day have not made a doll as beautiful as your first one! Ha! You are so talented. Looking forward to exploring your blog too!
    I’d love her book with my 5th graders!
    Peace~
    Liz

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  54. My first thought was Hannah.
    Second thought was, Mary 2.
    Third thought, looking at that needle, is Crewella (no DeVille needed) we know it’c because of her stitching preference.

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  55. I think your little doll looks like her name might be Celeste. I can see her dancing under the stars and a full moon, the fringe on her skirt swishing back and forth. Another name could be Pearl Purl. She’s lovely! Take care, Nancy

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  56. lovely review! I’ve been a Salley Mavor follower for about 10 years!
    Your sweet wee girl looks like an Anjanette to me!

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  57. Hi Mary, a grand effort for you little companion.

    My late Mother had a friend whose name was Mavora, maybe this would be suitable for your new ‘friend’.

    Regards,

    Marian

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  58. I really love Salley Mavor’s work. Some friend’s and I really got into making some Woodland Fairies based on her earlier book, a few years ago. They make such great small projects and you can really get creative with embellishing their clothing with beads and embroidery. I’d love to win a copy of Salley’s new book. I think your new companion should be called Nellie the Needle Girl.

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  59. Salley’s books, cards and kits (from a few years ago) are just plain Wonderful! I’m so glad you are reviewing her book so many more people can see her work and try it out for themselves. She was the reason I purchased wool felt years ago and am glad I still have a stash for this new book. I’ll choose the name Ophelia–I can just see her lounging in a row boat on a lake (but very much alive) and that needle in her hand has been stitching just like a little pal of yours would do. Thanks for a chance to win Salley’s new book!

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  60. Your little doll is adorable. I started making Salley’s little dolls when she sold kits to Waldorf School stores. My daughter — then ~10 yrs old — and I made her set of three Nutcap Children and two Flower Fairies.

    You could name her Arachne, who was the Greek goddess of weaving and needle arts. Or one of the three Fates of ancient Greece:
    Clotho, who spins the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle
    Lachesis, who measures the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod
    Atropos, who cuts a person’s life-thread with her “abhorred shears”, when the thread has reached it’s allotted length

    OR, in Norse mythology, the three corresponding Norns who do those same tasks, plus keeping Yggdrasil alive. Their names, in the same order, are: Urth, Verthandi, and Skuld.

    Too deep? Ah, well. (Oh, and my mom the needlework enthusiast — where I got the bug — used to refer to her “abhorred shears”, when they went missing.)

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  61. I know this sounds corny but my first thought for a name is Minnie Pearl. She is a sweet wee thing and it looks like you used some pearl cotton. What a great web site. Your work is outstanding!

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  62. Hi Mary,
    I always love your book reviews. You nudge my muse to look at something I might not notice. It looks like a lot of fun to make those cute little dolls. Hm-m-m, my choice of a name for your cutie would be Mary Corbette. 😉

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  63. She looks like a Penelope to me!

    I love these little felt people of Salley’s. I had seen her work on a calendar several years ago and didn’t know who had done them, but her work is instantly recognizable! So nice that you had some fun with your sister and her kids. My sister and I used to share craft and art related things since we didn’t live near each other. I think I will make one of these little dolls in her memory/honor!

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  64. Celestine. No reason other than I was watching Ernest and Celestine this evening and thought how much I like the name. I ADORE Salley Mavor’s work. Maybe it was through you I discovered her. How I wish a museum around us would exhibit her work so I could see it up close. Sometimes when I go to the big box museum in the big city I live near, I look at some of the new works and think, “Come on people, is this the best we can do?” (e.g., a room full of dried up orange and banana peels strewn all over the floor…) Her work certainly deserves a showing in a major museum. So creative, so endearing. I have so much respect for publishers who choose top notch artists to illustrate children’s books. It’s so important for children to be exposed to quality artwork. I know I always appreciated the really good illustrations in books when I was child. Children know the difference. I guess it would be too obvious to call the doll Salley, but maybe Maeve?

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  65. Zelma. After my wonderful neighbor and “adopted” grandmother who taught me, a slightly annoying little girl, to knit, crochet, and embroider a bit, long ago…

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  66. I think your companion looks like a proper southern belle and you should name her Scarlet. However if it turns out she is a midwesterner then her name should be Laura. Just my thoughts.

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  67. Ooooh, she is lovely! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I love her first one. Your little companion is darling. She looks like a Clementine to me.

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  68. We love making dolls over here. And I like the way you wrote the review. So informative. I think she should be Henrietta.

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  69. G’day Mary,
    Well, you’ve set yourself a crewel, and could I say needling, task choosing from all these wonderful names suggested here. Well over 100.
    I’ve been following Sally’s Wee Folk for quite some time. Have one of her earlier books.
    Your Wee Folk person is the darlingest and now graces my ‘Dolls, peg, wire, toothpick’ Pinterest board.
    I’m a bit shy in suggesting this, the others are so good, but… perhaps I could try Aide-a-stitch, aka Aidea or Aideas. Aide de camp was my jumping off board. Confidential assistant to the top rank!
    Cheers, Kath

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  70. Dear Mary,

    I love Salley Mavor’s work too. There’s a rustic beauty about everything she produces, especially in the little details, and her colour choices are just right.

    Your little stitching companion is an excellent first attempt and looks a lot like you Mary! I think you should call her Agnes. Then you can make more wee dolls with names starting with the rest of the letters of the alphabet. That’s 26 little helpers!

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  71. I love Salley Mavor’s work and would love a copy of her book. You did a terrific job on your wee folk lady. My suggestion for her name is Mademoiselle Sue (Sew, Suzette) Petite.

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  72. She says “Araminta Crafter” to me. Just don’t let her near the scissors 🙂

    Adorable – well done. How did the kids get on?

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  73. She’s absolutely gorgeous Mary. Well done! She looks like a blue-eyed version of Elizabeth Bennet so I’d call her ‘Lizzy’.

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  74. I think she looks like a lady from a Proust novel. So I would suggest “Mademoiselle Albertine”!

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  75. Sarah – just because I like the name.

    I love the look of this book – I think I am already addicted to doll making!!

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  76. You’re Mary, you’re faithful, so I personally think her name should be either Martha or Elizabeth. By the way, I think she’s lovely!!!!

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  77. So adorable. I have never done anything like this but the book sounds detailed. Would love to try it.

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  78. I’ve always been partial to the classics – how about Arachne? Spider, silk, weaving, craft, dollmaking.

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  79. I can remember the first thing I sewed – I was about 6 years old. It was a rag doll about 4″ tall and I named her Belinda (no idea where that came from but I liked it). Your doll looks a little like her.

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  80. Mary, I have seen this book before and I LOVE the little felt people. I love how they are tiny and very tactile. They would be great for little girls or even boys who are visually impaired. It would be fun to make a little quilted wall hanging to put them into. I think I will try. My friend just worked for months on a felt Christmas stocking that is unbelievable. I am won over on felt projects. They would be darling Christmas Ornaments or could even be worn by a little girl as a necklace in a pouch to have ready for play in a car or waiting somewhere to keep them busy. I would make angels no fairies. Thank you for doing this as part of your newsletter. I totally enjoy your work. I send your emails so others can enjoy them too.
    I think you should name your little woman “Rosanna” My Grt Grt Grandmother came from Ireland and she taught her daughter Mary Ann how to sew, crochet and work on a farm and run a boarding house. She worked very hard. I’m sure she taught Mary Ann my Gr. Grandma her skills. She became a dressmaker. I have a wedding dress she made. Rosanna was born about 1840. Rosanna Lamb should be her name. I even have a photo of her. The sewing skills have been passed down to my Grandma’s sister Aunt Marie, to my Mom and to my sisters and I. I passed it onto my daughter Deanna. And I would like to teach my grand daughter to sew too. These little felt dolls would be a great way to start teaching sewing to kids.

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  81. I think you should name her Eve, since she is your first one. You and I know she won’t be the last .

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  82. Hi! Oh, she is adorable! Elise came to mind right away for a name. My daughters say Joan or Abigail. We made little fairy figures like this when the girls were younger. You’re right, once you make one, you want to make oodles of them!

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  83. I think she looks like Esmeralda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. That is my vote.
    Yesterday in my inbox I was so disappointed that there was not a give-away. Thanks for letting us know.

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  84. This is without a doubt the cutest little doll I’ve seen. I make clothes for small dolls but not the doll itself and would love to learn how to do it. You inspire me. The first thing I do in the morning is look for your email. Thanks so much for your giveaways.

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  85. Given the hassle she’s given you, Nagdelyne would fit for a middle name, but with some pretty first name, too.

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  86. I’m a fan of flower names, so I would say either Rose or Chrysanthemum. She just looks so sweet!
    I just stumbled onto sock-doll making and fell in love, and these dolls look like so much fun! Thank you for all you do Mary!

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  87. How about Meredith? I would love to learn how to make these dolls; I have an old wooden dollhouse from my childhood that I want to re-do with my daughters.

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  88. NADINE, the Needlewoman!

    Mary, she is absolutely ADORABLE! Years ago, I made acloth doll, and her wardrobe, that was featured in the original Cross Stitch and Country Crafts magazine. I gave it to my young niece and she has loved her and passed her on to her own daughter.

    I would LOVE the chance to make my own Nadine and companions for my flesh and blood stitchy-friends!

    Rosalie

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  89. She is such a stylishly dressed little being!!! How about Clothilda? Anyway, I would love to win this book. I would love to share the dollmaking with my grandaughter, age 9, who is becoming more and more interested in hand embroidery. She loves any kind of crafts so I know she would adore making little “beings” and at the same time learn to embroider and sew. The dolls are so adorable and leave so much room to be creative.

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  90. your doll is darling, and she reminds me of shirley temple in “heidi” so that’s my choice for her name.

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  91. I love making dolls, but they are around 10-20 inch range. Seeing these tiny treasures makes me to want to learn how to make these smaller versions.
    These dolls are so cute and the different personalities are amazing. Would love to win this book.

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  92. As an addendum to the suggestion of my name for your lovely little creature……”Clothilda”.
    She could be “Chloe” for short.

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  93. Solly Piper.
    Solly for Salley, of course. Piper because of the pipe cleaners, but mainly because the name reflects the way she looks. Confident and boho and just a bit mysterious. Love the way she came out!

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  94. I’ve made fairy dolls with silk flower petals and would love to learn how to make these dolls too. She looks like a Maisie to me. My birthday is on the 7th and this would be a lovely birthday present. Thank you for the chance, Teal

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  95. She looks sweet, so a sweet name is in order.
    a flowery name, also something to do with stitching.
    how about Naeldine?

    lovely book!

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  96. She does need a name! I offered one already, but now I think I’d prefer Stitcherella! she’s lovely and has definitely spurred me on to more dollmaking, so many ideas, so little time…

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  97. Hi Mary – do you recall M from James Bond movies? Well, since your new companion is “inspecting” your work and already offering lots of opinions and perhaps ideas, I personally have nicknamed her Miss N – I first thought of suggesting Needle since she is after all nagging and “needling” you – LOL. I am having so much fun reading your escapades and imagining my attempt at constructing these incredible small people characters. Hope to win a copy of the book – Thanks for sharing –

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  98. I like Sewsie, I am just starting in doll making and don’t have any books yet, so even if I don’t win, this one will be on my wish list.

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  99. You could name her Salley in honor of her designer or name her after your first doll that you remember as a child. I think ‘Matlida’ is a great name for her.

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  100. I think she is beautiful, and looks just like a “Cleo” to me! I have one granddaughter who loves to sew and make things. What fun it would be to share this with her!

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  101. OOPS – think i need to clarify the choice i made for your companion – i meant her name should be HEIDI – not shirley temple!

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  102. I would love to make these little dolls, what a amassing experience it must be to see the little people come to life, under the working of your hands, I would love to have this book, Hugs, Meriel

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  103. I love the little felted dolly. I would add a thimble full of flowers for her to hold. Much less of a hazard than holding a needle.
    A name is such a personal thing I am having a hard time in choosing a name for you. How about Sewsie. A little play on Susie.

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  104. These are soooo cute! Just love them! Love the idea of using embroidery and stump work to enliven these cuties!
    It would be wonderful to win this book!
    Thanks, Sew much!
    Just so you know it, I’ve been on your “needlenthread” for a number of years now. I don’t miss a day of your wonderful embroidery. I feel like I’m sitting there with you!!!
    Thanks for all the work you do!!
    Elaine

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  105. Your beautiful stitching companion could be named Salley Seamstress in honor of Salley Mavor’s delightful imagination.

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  106. Your lovely doll looks so prim and proper sitting on your frame, she looks like a Catherine (but not Cathy!).

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  107. “Sylvia” is who she looks like to me. It means “from the forest” so that sealed it for me. What do you think?

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  108. I think I’d go with gypsy rose lee. An outspoken wit who lived a colourful life on stage and off.

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  109. Little Liza Jane..it just popped into my head…I am really impressed…I love her books and can’t wait to make one…

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  110. She looks like a Martha to me. That was my Danish grandma’s name and she did beautiful crochet and tatting.

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  111. Nellie! Of course she can be nurturing, a nimble needle-ie, narrative, a nuisance when she nags you for being neglectful of your needle, or a nugget of nourishment for your noble stitchy soul!
    I have a beady “Emerald” that has served me well for decades. Not really even a doll person, but I love these tiny figures. They may work great for other embroidery projects for my group of girls. Thanks for reminding us of this fantastic author!

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  112. Your doll is lovely and rather old fashioned looking. I think Fern would be an excellent name for her as it is an old-fashioned name, also the name of an embroidery stitch which seems rather appropriate as that is what you do. Fern–a lovely name for a lovely curly haired girl.

    Cheers, Jean

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  113. Oh! so many wonderful names – how are you meant to choose. My thought was Marigold because of the colour of her coat.

    I really really should not even think about trying out something new, but they are soo adorable – just might have to have a go.

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  114. Initially I had two names in mind – Fanny Flower or Meg the Egg Girl. My final decision is —
    Meg the Egg Girl. A silly name but she reminds me of my granny who lived 97 yrs. For many years Granny lived in the past & she often spoke of “Meg”, the young girl who brought eggs to the farm every day. I could picture “Meg” standing at the front gate with her basket of eggs under her arm. LOL
    Cheers,Linda.

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  115. She is beautiful. I think her name is Isabella she is a first generation Italian with lovely brown hair and fair skin. She is a nag because that’s how she shows her care and love for you

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  116. I think her name should be Maggie. Naggin’ Maggie maybe. Related to your article and why she needed a companion. They will always be there encouraging you to stitch more, and more, and more!

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  117. You are so right, these dolls are addictive. I took a Wee People class one time and fell in love with the sweeties.

    How about Lucy. It is such a joyous name and she is a delight.

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  118. Maryanna

    don’t know why. but I do want to make some dolls. painting faces will really be a challenge.

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  119. I would name your friend Trioblaid which means “mischief” in Gaelic. Your friend is bound to get into some mischief while you are stitching.

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  120. I have the first book and would love the second book and if I don’t win will be heading to Amazon to make sure I have a copy.
    I think you you should name your little lady Maid Mary, a play on words Made Mary…and because it is almost spring and I always think of Maid Marian from Camelot in Spring.

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  121. Emma B. Broidery is my name.
    Stitching for joy and for God’s praise is my game.
    Life is so great; I’d love to share!
    Each little stitch is like a new prayer!
    (B. stands for Beautiful)

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  122. Once again Mary you have taken a book that with my first glace said to myself “Whew, a book I won’t need” but after reading your review now, of course, I must have it! Sigh. Just when I thought I had gained a couple inches on my shelf.

    After reading Wednesday’s post, “Harriet” seems a good choice! Lol

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  123. Sylvie. I just finished a book with a main character of that name and it sounds like the name of a fairy

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  124. Your little lady is an Edith that’s for sure. She will help and keep you in line–stitching that is. In all the time that I’ve been embroidering, I know I’ve made some French knots that look like the drizzle stitch and stood up just as high as your video showed. I’ve improved some and learned some, thank you from you. I now make a proper French knot and not a “drizzle” one.

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  125. She looks like Pippin to me. She would sit at my work station and remind me that i can do accomplish and finish great and wonderful things. I like her friend now too! She looks like a Polyanna.

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  126. I love these dolls. I have one of her books. I have been working on a stressful project for someone. I think making a few of these will be my reward for finishing the other project. I think Sew Sew Sally should be her name, since she is always prodding you to sew.

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  127. I think her name should be Maggie Flynn. She looks like a nice Irish Girl. And I just love Salley Mavor’s work. I have checked her books out of the library many times and have made a couple of small projects. Would love to have a book of my own!

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  128. Sent a comment to you yesterday. Not sure if it registered as my chance at your giveaway. But as I said yesterday. I like the name MAGGIE. As usual thanks for providing the opportunity to win this darling book! Oh and I am going to take your advice about your nephews advice for my grandsons!

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  129. WeeAnna–not to be confused with Rihanna! Hi Mary, may I mention the felt balsam pillows in the back of Salley’s previous book? They are wonderful as well especially if you order the balsam fir from the Maine vendor listed in the book. Nice folks with a super aromatic product! Her other work–the Birds of Beebe Wood” is stunning. I have not seen a book on her birds but there was a nice article in NeedleArts mag (EGA) awhile back. Thanks for reminding me of her talents!

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  130. I love you wee doll, might I suggest the name of “Mary Alice”, she is small and sweet and the name Mary always calls to mind peace and Alice is the fun side of her. Mary Alice would keep you company and make you laugh from time to time. And her new friend would be a great Bessie, always the busy one!
    Thank You,
    Jolene

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  131. She is beautiful please name her Fanny. My grandmother’s name. She stitched all the time and never tired. So she could help you along to finish you ufos. Her new companion would be Bernice my oldest aunt that inherited her mother’s talents and carried on the tradition. If I should be lucky enough to win, all my people on the casket from Trisha will be well dressed and none would be bald. Love your daily letter, it is the high spot of my day. Thanks Pat

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  132. How about something very old-fashioned since she’s an old-fashioned girl? How about Araminta Ottermole? It’s kind of Benedict Cumberbatch-y, don’t you think? She’s obviously some little girl’s governess and as such would be required to teach her embroidery.

    I’d love to win the book as I’ll purchase it if I don’t!

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  133. The wee folk are so cute, and your new little friend is wonderful. I thought those might be drizzles–how perfect!
    As soon as I saw she was holding a needle, the name Nellie Needlewoman came to mind.
    It’s times like these I wish I wasn’t allergic to the wool felt. I’d love to play and create some sewing friends of my own.

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  134. Hi Mary,

    With her “wise” appearance and focused gaze…

    She looks like a “Margaret Elizabeth” to me. Lots of “nickname” possibilities, too. 😀

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  135. Hi Mary,
    As soon as I saw her I thought of her as Rosie, because of your love of the colour red and because she is beautiful.
    Heather

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  136. My suggestion is Nanette. I’ve been a huge fan of Salley Mavor for a long time and have collected some of her books. I know I’ll buy this new one if I don’t win the giveaway.
    Whew! I just read the (currently) 248 suggestions – many of them are absolutely terrific. I don’t usually enjoy comments, but many of these were very entertaining! so I guess I’m 249.
    thanks so much for your newsletters – one of the highlights of (most) of my days!

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  137. Oh Mary, SHE is beautiful!!! Also, her handmade clothing ensemble is gorgeous; your work impeccable!

    Okay, am suggesting three names that come to mind and you choose which fits best (if you like any of the three).

    1. Amber……reflecting the beautiful colors in her outfit.

    2. Gladys…..because as long as she is by your side while you’re stitching, she’ll always be glad to be with you.

    3. Sewsie (pronounced Susie)…because of ALL the many, many stitches you make in your beautiful embroidery work.

    Sincere thanks for your daily emails and for the time you invest researching and sharing all the valuable information that you do. Greatly appreciated. Enjoy a magical week!

    Fondly,

    Cathy B.

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  138. Well, I think she should be called “Flossie” (just making a correlation with embroidery floss. This book about making wee folk is very much up my crafting alley. It would be great fun to give it a try.

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  139. Hi Mary…

    What a wonderful article/book! Once upon a time I made a Cabbage Patch Doll and this little one looks to be so much fun to make! Thank you for sharing!!

    She is a ‘Tootsie’ to me…just so sweet!!

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  140. Hi

    What a lovely little miss. What about ‘Flossy’ for a name. Seems appropriate to me. I’d love to have a go at making a family of wee people. Oh to have the time to do everything I want to.

    Enjoy!

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  141. your little miss that you “stitched to life” is very cute, I will try your method of making curls for my next mini softie. If she were on my crafting/sewing table I would have to call her Nancy.

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  142. Hi,
    I never thought I would be interested in doll making but these are intriguing. I think your doll looks like a ‘Meg”!
    Thanks for the competition.

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  143. I first thought “Sally”, but with a Jane Austen hat maybe she needs a Jane Austen name. How about Emma, or, how about “Fanny” since she will be resting hers on your work!!

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  144. I think a good name for your new companion is
    Wee Twila. Don’t know why, she just looked like a Twila to me. She’s adorable. You did a fantastic job.
    I would love to make a cousin of Twila’s to sit on my work table to keep an eye on me. I have made felted animals but never dolls. This book might just be my inspiration. I have often wanted to do stumpwork and this would be my chance. I think it is fabulous. Thanks for the possibility of trying.

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  145. I think Sarah Jane would be a fitting name for your beautiful stitching companion,a classic name for a classic little doll

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  146. Hi Mary,
    I was reading your article, when my daughter (4 years) sat down with me. She really loved the doll, so I said her:
    – Choose a name! – And without thinking she said
    – Lacash!!
    – Lacash? Sure? – I answered
    – Yes, Lacash.
    I don´t know the doll nationality, but my daughter got out with a big smile

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  147. i love the Wee Folk dolls, I helped my daughter make a couple a few years ago. I think a good name would be Abigail.
    Thanks
    Gayla

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  148. Isn’t she adorable. I think she is a Penelope. Looking forward to making her myself. Thanks for the great review.

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  149. I think that since you are in a Jane Austen frame of mind, you should name your friend Emma.She will be able to give you helpful hints as you work your way through your projects and be a boon companion.

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  150. She looks like a good listener and will help you through many projects. And her name . . . Poppy – her top looks like the color of Poppies.

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  151. She looks so sunny in her floral skirt and coral jacket; and her expression? – just a wee bit prim and satisfied…how about Miss Amelia Jane Clareheart.

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  152. Hi Mary, love working in felt and making creatures, would love to get into little people. At the moment am working on dragons, must send you a photo, I could make a rider.
    I think her name is Amber.
    Regards
    Roma

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  153. Dear Mary,

    I think your new companion should be called Araminta

    I think she looks really posh!

    regards Melanie

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  154. Hello! I must have this book and I must make a doll so I hope I win a copy of Felt Wee Folk. I’ve always loved dolls. OMG!!!
    Your doll looks like a Sally to me. So I would name her Sally.

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  155. Your stitching companion looks like an Elsa to me. 🙂 I’d love to win the book and make my own. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  156. the book looks amazing. I enjoy making doll stuff for my great nieces (and myself). I think a good name would be Babs.

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  157. I think she looks like a “Gabby” she looks tough and in charge….or a Scottish name would be “Biddy”……..

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  158. She is wonderful! I make cloth dolls, and know what a joy they are when they come to life. It happens at some point when finishing the face, suddenly they have a personality, and need a name. She looks like a Norah to me – sort of European/oldfashioned/butnoteasilydefined.

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  159. Don’t you just love making dolls. It is so relaxing and then you have someone to talk to while you work. I think you should call her
    Little Mary the needle fairy. (Then you would
    have someone to blame when your studio is a mess.
    hehe)

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  160. I love this! Call her Caroline Pepperpot as she reminds me of my mother and the character ina book she used to read to us. Mrs. Pepperpot took in all kinds of animals and treated them like people. Imagine your lady living in a little cottage with rabbits, foxes, badgers, etc.

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  161. I think “Mini Me” is a great name for your companion and perhaps “Mindless Mini Me” for her headless friend!!!

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  162. I think she should be called Maykin – after a little girl in my Ida Rentail Outhwaite book the Road to Fairyland. She drew the most glorious pictures of the Australian fairies and bushland. Thank you Mary for once again being so informative and generous. And I love making little people,haven,t made any for quite a while.Best wishes to everyone Chris

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  163. Your sewing companion does look quite lethal, and after studying her for a moment I offer the name of Ninja Sew Sue.

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  164. Salley Mavor is an amazing artist! She has an incredible imagination. I think your first doll should be named Sally in her honor.

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  165. As she has the same hair as my granddaughter I would call her Meghan ! Thanks for the opportunity

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  166. I would name your new little friend Shisha Floche. She is darling. As a curly- haired person, I very much appreciate your tutorial for curly hair! Thanks. 🙂

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  167. I think her name should be Sweet Marie. Kind of a French version of your name, and obviously because she looks sweet!

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  168. Well, Mary, I have read all 295 comments in 10-point type as email! Of course your blog had to go around the world and all your followers wake up and sip their tee or whatever and think up names. I would LOVE to win this book! Then in time my dolls would each have a doll! Additional name suggestions: Edeltraud, Irmgaard, Fanchon, Mitra, Beatrice, Hedy-Victoria, Mildred, Solange, Odette, and . . . Mimi! Seriously, I think little girls should have simple names that are already well known. It was miserable always having to spell “Marylon” on the first day of school. My baby brother couldn’t pronounce it and gave me something much nicer.

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  169. Oh Mary Mary Mary what have you done to us? I just love these little people!

    Part of Australia is an island state called Tasmania when we visited there some years ago there was a display of felt moles in their burrows going about their daily business, Going to school with tiny desks, blackboards, pens & pencils, baking bread, growing vegetables all sort of scenes. The detail was just amazing. The beds had tiny patchwork quilts, the mother moles wore crocheted shawls it was just so enchanting.
    Now these little folk – I would love to be included in the chance to win a book please.
    Sandy Southern Highlands NSW Australia

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  170. The doll is called Phyllis – a sweet, old-fashioned name, with a touch of school-marm about her.

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  171. Mary these dolls are just the cutest, I would dw dearly Love to win the book as I have a couple of granddaughters who would be over the moon if they were to receive one, two or maybe more. I used to make dolls for them when they were small and I KNOW they would LOVE these.
    Please let it be my turn. 🙂
    Flora

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  172. There you go Mary! After today’s revelation “I was kind of going for the Jane Austen bonnet look.” I think you should call your little stitching companion “Jane”. And if not Jane, then “Roberta”, because I’d like to be able to sit and chat, have a cup of tea, and watch you stitch.

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  173. Virtue
    Virtue are the angels which maintain order in the cosmos. Looks to me like that is what she is doing for you

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  174. While Elisabeth is probably the loveliest of names especially when spelled with an “S”; your little sewing friend looks like a Maggie to me. Simple and sweet but short for another elegant name, Margaret.

    This is a wonderful book and one I plan on getting for our daughter, Elisabeth Margaret. 🙂 Elisabeth loves dolls and started doll making when she was very young so I know she will treasure it.

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  175. I’m enamored with Sally’s wonderful pieces.I love reading her blog and her facebook page.
    I bought her nursery rhyme book to read to my grandchildren when they visit. In fact, I like the book so much that I now give the book as a baby gift. Last year I has fortunate enough to see a traveling exhibit of her work. Wow!!

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  176. Oops–I can’t believe that I forgot to leave my name suggestion in my previous comment….I think she looks like an Agnes.

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  177. hermosa definitivamente hermosa, hay que aventurarse a hacer cosas nuevas, la muñeca merece un nombre,puede llamarse , la gran Catalina, o sofía nombres significativos. Sería una satisfacción tener el libro para tener nuevas metas.Un saludo desde Colombia.

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  178. Oh Mary, you are awesome. I would name her after my favorite French Christmas Carol: Jeanette Isabella.

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  179. Being a doll maker I have looked at this book and found it delightful.

    Weesie is what I would name your companion.

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  180. I would have to call her “Sali Blue Eyes”
    These figures are adorable and I will have to try them. So cute!

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  181. Morning Mary,
    Your stitching companion is lovely, Maybe her name should be Pearl,You know like the floss. 🙂

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  182. Love your doll, love your work!

    I think she suits the name ‘Natalia Rose’.

    I look forward to your newsletter in my inbox every day! Brights up my dreary office mornings.

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  183. My elderly distant cousins were identical twins. After they became widows they lived together & went everywhere dressed alike! Their names were Drucilla & Marcella… Drucy & Marcy! Perfect names for your companion & her new friend.

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  184. Love your companion. As a doll collector, maker, repairer(?) I have many companions without names.
    So I have no name for you, one day as she is helping you a name will come to you, maybe something that means “to Nag”.

    The book looks very interesting, it always great to see what someone else is doing with dolls.

    Thank you for being here for us,
    Sammy

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  185. Your new friend looks like an Amy to me.
    I hoe if win this book as I have been in need of a mermaid for a grotto project I bagan several years ago. Hopefully this book would help me figure out how to make something that doesn’t look ridiculous as all my efforts have so far.

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  186. Oh, my such fun! We have really enjoyed Salley’s first book and so this would help us add to our little group of dolls.

    How about Lambeth (since she will over see the ecclesiastical work you do)? You could call her Beth for short.

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  187. “DERY” as in “embroidery, since she is such a dear, and an embroiderer extraordinaire made her. I am a self proclaimed doll maker and have such fun. Good on you for going for it! I love your blog!!!!! Thank you for sharing your gift. Sara Jane Apple

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  188. Penelope Threadwell. She’s friendly, but a little reserved. She appreciates beautiful things and has an excellent sense of fashion.

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  189. She looks like an Angelina to me.

    I’m so glad Salley included a link to your blog–a new addition to my favorites.

    Thanks,

    Patti

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  190. Buffy – I think it’s a great name for her. Have Salley’s new book – and the other publication too. Love Salley’s works!

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  191. Great book review – I’m eager to get my hands on a copy! As for a name for your sewing companion how about Molly Dolly?
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  192. I think that you have a “Bee” companion – Beatrice Carmen to be precise. Ready, steady, stitch. Bee will be happy help you create beautiful friends to join her in her new stitching and doll making life. I can tell that you are going to enjoy being a doll maker and you have a wonderful companion to travel along with you.

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  193. I think your beautiful doll looks like she should be named Anna.

    After reading your blog, I think I may try one of these adorable dolls. Of course, I need the book before I can try them out. 😉

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  194. To me she looks like a Nanette. A knowing demeanor but faraway look in her eye. Quite skilled with a needle, too.

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  195. Hi Mary,
    Just looking at this very cute doll, only one name popped right into my head. I would call her Curly! Thank you for telling me about this book. I LOVE stumpwork and there are many ways to use the information from this book in my embroidery.
    Stay warm!
    Peg F. from NJ where it is VERY cold and snowy

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  196. Mary,
    I would call your stitching companion doll Nella after Nella Last who was a middle-aged housewife in the North West of England who kept a diary in the late 30s and 40s which has been published. She loved sewing dolls and quilts in the evenings for charity raffles. Her sewing kept her going at times.
    Really enjoy NeedlenThread – thank you

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  197. I think your companion should be called Needler Nellie. She is so cute. I would have to make all the dolls and give them names.

    My husband is interested in making doll houses. It would be wonderful if I were able to make dolls to fit the doll houses. Every house needs a family.

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  198. I choose the name Esmeralda ! For no other reason than it slides off of the tongue so smoothly. Love every one of your postings !!!

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  199. I love Sally’s work and I plan to buy the new book. I’m glad her blog tour led me to your site. Thanks.

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  200. How about Onneli or Anneli? They are from Finnish children’s book. (Onni means happiness.)

    Though I could agree she looks a lot like Lizzy!

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  201. I picked this up on Amazon as an e-book (Kindle), because it’s half the price of the paperback. I’m glad I did.

    Good news.
    There’s a PDF file to download that has all the clothing patterns.
    The e-book is well formatted so that you can see all the pics, you can zoom in on them (touch and hold, then touch +), and the text seems to be with the appropriate pics.
    Looks good on my 7″ Nexus 7, and also on my Asus 10″. (I don’t own a Kindle. You can run the Kindle app on nearly any device.)

    Not quite so good news
    The patterns are all hand-drawn and are not my idea of well done. Look on page 23 of “look inside” on Amazon (be sure you are looking at the print version, not the Kindle version) and you will see 3 patterns down the right side of the page. Notice how the lines aren’t straight? Notice how the two sleeves on the boy’s shirt don’t match? I call that sloppy, and would be unhappy to have paid $21+ for it. Most of the patterns are not quite that bad, but none of them really have straight lines. Doesn’t she own a ruler? Sorry, but I come from several generations of seamstresses, draftsmen, and civil engineers. I like things to line up and match. If I cut a dress like that, it would never hang right. However, most of them are not too far off, and I DO have rulers, so I know that I can straighten things out. I just don’t like paying for something that requires “fixing.”

    My first thought when I saw Mary’s review was that it would be great to do with kids & grandkids. After poking around, I’m inclined to think that it would depend on the child’s age. All that wrapping with floss would take some dexterity. Another book that might work better for some would be Forest Fairy Crafts: Enchanting Fairies & Felt Friends from Simple Supplies • 28+ Projects to Create & Share by Lenka Vodicka-Paredes and Asia Curie. There is no wrapping and the clothing patterns are much simpler. So, from this book, I’ll be doing some for myself and for gifts, but I’m not going to buy copies for any of the grandkids at this point.

    I found a very nice deal on Etsy for a variety of the better wool/rayon blend felt in a lot of colors at sweetemmajean. If you have no sources close by and nothing much in your stash, she’s been very good to work with.

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    1. Hi, Sarah – yes, the designs are hand drawn, but I’ve found they work out just fine. Felt is very forgiving and easy to work with, so the clothes patterns work out fine.

      You’re definitely right about the children’s ages for making these. My ten year old nephew got into the head-painting part and had a blast with it, but was not so patient with the body-making part. We found that making them “assembly line” style was helpful. Older kids with the dexterity and motor skills needed for wrapping the bodies neatly made a few bodies, younger kids who could paint basic details worked on heads, and the clothes, really, could be made by anyone who could wield a needle, once pieces were cut out of the felt. We weren’t, of course, looking for showcase dolls – just fun figures for the kids to put together and play with. It worked well!

  202. I think your little needleworking friend looks like a Phoebe. I love the way you do the faces and am going to try that type of face with the little arc for a nose. I already own your book Peg Dolls and More. If I win Salley’s book, it will be a gift for my daughter. I am a grandma and already got one of Salley’s new books and even already made my first doll for one of my grandsons when he was sick. He calls it his “pocket buddy”!

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  203. I absolutely love Salley’s work and you showed it off to it’s truest form. Your own little doll is very sweet too, I hope she doesn’t prick her fingers though! x

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  204. I still like the name Miss Molly
    I have a special corner on my computer
    where I keep all your e-mail
    and helpful hints and how-tos
    I’m glad I found you
    great weather here in SC, windows are open
    have a great day

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  205. Your sweet friend is definitely an Anya! The name from the Russian origin means,”gracious or bringing goodness” in Hebrew. Another origin is ancient Irish, “Aine”, pronounced: awn + ye which means “splendour, radiance, brilliance” and is connected to fruitfulness and prosperity.
    All of which seem perfectly suited to you and your work and this little darling, Vicki

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  206. What a sweet doll!! I thought of the name ‘Poppy’ when I saw her. With her yellow cap (center) and the orangey color jacket and skirt.

    I have joined your Stitch Tuesday and enjoy it all. Thank you for sharing.

    Nearly finished with Trish Burr’s needle painted bird and when my eyes give out, work on the 24 Teneriffe wheels that I need for a hankie. Will send photos.

    Hugs,
    Ruth

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  207. I’ve took up doll making as a stress release from a horrible job I had. Joined Doll Street club online and I have been having a ball ever since. even designed small faceless cloth companion dolls for a Psychologist friend of mine, children client’s.
    Always wanted to make Sally’s dolls but never got around to make them. I do make Mimi’s dolls. Mine are from 6″ to 24″ If the doll bug hits you, beware, can’t get rid of it.

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  208. Hi Mary! I am new to embroidery and love your site. I have been knitting for a few years now and love it. I think it is definitely worth it to learn and it is not hard at all. I was like you and wanted to do the most complicated things right off the bat. One thing that is great to do and can be done pretty early on in your knitting career is Entrelac. Look into it. It’s a great technique that looks really complicated but isn’t. If you learn to knit backwards, it really moves quickly.

    Thank you again for your site. It is a source of great inspiration and information. I am glad you are going to be working on some felt items for us to see. I love working on small things (even in knitting) and I love felt. I’m looking forward to see what 2016 brings.

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