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.
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.
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 especially lucky for gambling ventures
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.
Today is my sister’s birthday. I sent her a doll I made to add to her doll collection. It’s the blond one.