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By sheri williams

OOAK Cloth Dolls

Princess, used as mannequin for Art Tag jewelry

OOAK Cloth Dolls

Rachelle, made for daughter (looks like her)

What Types of Arts or Crafts do you Handcraft?

OOAK cloth dolls, 48" ht. Hand painted face

Do you Sell Wholesale or Retail?

Haven't sold any yet. New to doll making. I have been working on my prototype doll for 4 years on and off. It is a hobby, so I do it in my spare time,

when I am not designing commercial signage for the trade.

Since I had never made a doll, and hadn't sewn since I was a kid (Many, Many Moons ago) it was totally an experiment of experiences, trial and error.

The process can be very frustrating,but when you are stubborn like me, and on a mission, bound and determined to figure it out on your own, yikes! I wanted do it MY WAY, unorthodox as it may be. I wanted to create a life size cloth doll so you could dress her any way you like. She wears a standard little girls size 6. I also wanted to create the doll as a contemporary modern day version of the old fashioned cloth doll with yarn hair. The hair is a weave, stand by strand.

I have a stock of about 30 faces, different hair colors, eyes, and ethnics. So far, White, Black, and Chineese. If I don't like the face when I finish, I throw it away, and even the ones that I think are okay, when I look at them later....I don't like them either..lol! It is a endless process of improvement on your skill.

The other thing about trying to create something is not being afraid showing it to people and asking for their opinion. Thank God for honest friends. Don't get your feeling hurt. Their feedback helps you improve where needed.

There will always be some people who just don't like your work. A few have called my dolls creepy, so oh well... doesn't stop me from making them.

As long as you are having fun and enjoy creating your vision, whatever that may be, it can only be a postive thing, no matter how elementary your skills are. It's good therapy and the more you do it you can only get better!

Lessons Learned

  • Keep on trying. Practice, Practice, Practice...there is always room for improvement.

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