I have been working away on little Jimmy for quite some time. He has been a slow custom doll, taking shape in his own sweet time and taking an age to decide what he really wanted to wear. 


In the end it came down to needing red gum boots, of course. Everyone at some time needs a pair of red gumboots or rainbow gumboots. I had a rainbow pair when I was a child and red ones and for definite and for sure the best adventures came along when I was wearing those boots. We always found the best mushrooms, the best tadpoles and the best blackberries, we built the best bonfires and splashed in the best puddles in those boots.


So Jimmy's time with me is almost up and he will be flying off to his new family. I will miss him I think, it's nice to have a little boy in the work room. I do have a little ginger haired boy in the works though so there will still be a wee lad hanging around.


Isabella gets some hair


No one can deny the charm of the tousled brushed mohair wig. It's my very favourite doll hair. It gives such a innocence and playfulness to each little cloth person I've created it for. But those sweet little wigs take an eternity to make and they can't be hurried, there are no shortcuts, not that I have found anyway. Six to eight hours, that's a huge investment of my time. Then, once the crochet is finished the wig has to be brushed out and dampened with a spritz  of vinegar and water, dried and then stitched in place.


But the result...

so worth the effort every time. 

Isabella is very pleased with her messy, curly locks.