Category Archives: Dolls

NATIVE SPIRITS

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I grew up in New Mexico which gave me a love of the American Indian culture and art.  I am so drawn to the ruins and the relics of the Ancient Ones.  I imagine what it must have been like to live in those days, and can picture little Indian girls playing with dolls made of corn husks, bits of leather, and sticks.  These Spirit Dolls are inspired by the old style Kachinas and other Southwest Indian designs.

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Most of my Native Spirits do not represent a particular Kachina, but I made these to resemble the Corn Maiden Kachina.   Real Kachinas are carved from cottonwood roots.

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JuJu Dolls

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JuJu dolls are a part of the New Orleans Voodoo tradition. They are meant to bring their owners good luck and protection from negativity. My dolls are all hand made with love, in the traditional way, containing Spanish moss in the stuffing and pine needles added somewhere on the doll. They are adorned with buttons, charms, trinkets, shell, beads and feathers.

I have included a pocket or purse on each doll for you to personalize bu tucking in a memento, wish, photo, lock of hair, nail clipping, or a snippet of a favorite garment.

 

These cats are considered especially lucky for gambling ventures

These cats are especially lucky for gambling ventures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spirit Dolls

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Spirit dolls have been used as talismans to bring good fortune and protection to people all over the globe for thousands of years.  They have taken many forms and been called by many different names, but all have given their owners a sense of connection with a force greater than themselves.

Three Spirit Dolls on my dresser

Spirit Dolls  were the first project I was inspired to try with my stash of fabric and trim from Fabmo.  I had such a great time making them and didn’t know if anyone else would like them.    I have added other dolls and creatures to my inventory, but I think I will always want to make my Spirit Dolls.  When I am making one, I love the way she seems to tell me what she wants me to do.  I was so thrilled to find there was a market for them, so I can keep making them and sending them out into the world.

These were the very first Spirit Dolls I made. I kept the center one. She and her “sisters” have really inspired a whole new chapter of my life.

By November 2009, I had quite a group of dolls ready for my first craft fair at the San Jose Woman’s Club.

Some little mothers with their babies at For Pete’s Sake Boutique in 2010

Spirit Dolls join some of my other creations at a display at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles gift shop in conjunction with a Scrap Quilt Exhibit in Aug. 2011