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.
I started making Spirit Dolls about 3 years ago. I had found a source of decorator fabrics and trims at FABMO, an organization which gathers and distributes discontinued home design materials that would otherwise be thrown away. These inspired me to make some dolls! At first I just gave them to family and friends, and then one of my friends suggested I could sell them, so I entered the world of Arts and Crafts Boutiques. I started also making birds and chickens, and then Kitchen Witches, Day of the Dead Dolls, Ju Ju Dolls, mice, and cats among other things. There are lots of other creatures I have in mind to attempt. Too many ideas, too little time! Here are a few examples of my work. All my creatures and dolls are one of a kind, each one individually created, and most work is done by hand.
Today is my sister’s birthday. I sent her a doll I made to add to her doll collection. It’s the blond one.