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

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Spirit Dolls

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.

Dia de los Muertos
Catrina Dolls

Kitchen Witches

Native Spirit Dolls

Chickens

JuJu Dolls

Cats!

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Flying Angel Cat

I love to make cats!  All my cats are one of a kind – individually cut out with no pattern, and are completely hand sewn.

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My great-niece, Hayley, went to Paris recently and sent back some pictures of cat graffiti she saw on a building there.

This inspired me to make these fabric cats.   I haven’t learned how to arrange photos yet.  Hopefully I will improve.

Cats