Princess Kate
I was contacted by a loving mother from US recently. She wanted to gift her daughter a doll looking like Kate Middleton, Princess of Whales. Her daughter was keen to sew clothing for her own princess. Thus her mum asked me if I could make the doll a little bigger than I usually make my dolls. So, I changed my pattern a little. Kate is 45 cm tall. I must confess, I really like her size and proportions, and will surely make new dolls in her size. It was such a fun to work on this modern...
Mia
Designing and constructing Mia took me months. I wrote about this process in my previous blog article, which you can read here. I knew instantly what I will sew for her. It is not always like this. Usually it takes me very long until I choose the fabrics and the design. However, for Mia, I had an exact image of her dresses in mind as I was making her. The shoes were the challenge this time. I found it hard to put her sweet feet into shoes. For me she is a romantic child who would walk bare feet...
Mia, making of...
I have been working for couple of months to make a new development on my dolls. My dolls are already movable for a while now. But I wanted to make them move more naturally. It is not very easy, as the materials on the market have their limits. So, I went to the man of my life for help. 😊 There are many sayings about “the women behind the successful men”, but it is well forgotten that there are some “loving men behind crazy creative women” too. I am grateful to have one in my life. My...
Hansel and Gretel
My first trial on theater figures: Hansel and Gretel
Milan
"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you." (Khalil Gibran) As hard as it might be to let my wooly children go, I always remind myself this poem. Although they come through my hands, they are all longing to find their loving families to live with. So now it is Milan's turn to find his new home. He is available for adoption. He is youngest of...
Miara
Miara is the oldest sister of the three kids living in my atelier at the moment. She and her siblings, Chiara and Milan, are made with my pattern for fully movable, free standing dolls. Miara is 14" /35 cm tall. Completely needle sculpted with pure new wool. Due to the armature within, she can move her head and limbs fully. Her skin is made with organic doll making fabric in a sun kissed tone. Her beautiful blue eyes are embroidered. Her skin is blushed with bees wax crayon. She has beautiful...
The Doll Collective
Miara will be listed on the 9-10th April at 6 pm CET. Her album on my facebook account: www.facebook.com/loulabee_dolls Please join me and my dear friends Fig&me, Little Jenny Wren Dolls, Maria's Nature TOYS, Mum&Dot, North Coast Dolls, Petit Gosset Dolls, Winterludes at The Doll Collective event on 9-10th April. https://indiecart.com/stores/thedollcollective/
Miara and Chiara
Miara was a little upset with me, since I told you in my last blog article, about the sister rivalries going on here. She insisted that I should write a new post to correct her damaged image. I should let you know that she is not a jealous person at all. She is a very loving elder sister and is proud of her younger sister (although she is sometimes too demanding with her temperament). So my apologies and a correction post after fact checking carefully: Miara is a great, loving and caring big...
Miara and her sister, whose name we don't know yet
I have told you about Miara in my last blog entry. The special girl with my new pattern, who is fully movable and can stand stable at the same time. I needed to work on the construction of the body as well adjust the patterns for my 38 cm tall dolls. As she was finished I started to work on her sister. I am getting old. Each time I leave time between dolls, I somehow forgot many details, how I solved the problems on my way, and start new. 😄 So this time I wanted to continue making new dolls...
Free standing full movable dolls
Exactly two years ago this time, I have finished my first full movable doll. Coral could turn her head towards the sides, and bend her neck, so that she could look up and down and tilt her head. She could also bend her legs and arms. The construction of the head and the neck, and the connection to the body was a result of many experiments, trials and errors. But as it always is, every trial and error leads to a satisfying result. Following Coral, I made many dolls in this manner. Last summer I...

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