Doll making - create their Personality!
The origins of doll making are lost in the mists of time. Who knows why or how the first doll was made, although we do know that the doll as a symbol of the human form was used ritualistically to bring good fortune or protection through difficult times. But somewhere in the past, dolls became a source of comfort and amusement, and the toy was born. Today, dolls are found in every country in every shape and form. And although it's enough for some people to own them, for others making their own dolls is their hobby of choice. Fancy making your own dolls? Or are you already a fan, and want to find out more? This is the place to do it!
There are many ways for you to get started on this satisfying hobby. Find out about classes at your local sewing or craft shop, see if there are courses run in your area, get out a book from the library or look at the publications in the newsagent, or if you are lucky enough to already know someone who makes their own dolls, enlist their help. It's great to have someone to share your passion with, and there's always an exchange of ideas to boost your interest. There is quite a choice of materials you might choose from for your doll, from fabrics and yarns to plastics and porcelain. All these materials are available in specialist craft shops or big sewing centres, or you could have a look online.
The attraction of doll making is creating a beautiful piece which is uniquely yours, to keep and collect, or to give as special gifts to family or friends. Or you can make a doll to resemble a family member to celebrate a special time in the life. You can make a doll in the style and traditional costume of another country, maybe part of your cultural heritage. For many doll-makers, the dolls they create have a life and personality of their own. Your dolls become little parts of you, almost like children. Please let us know what you love about doll making as a hobby, how it pleases you, and what you want more of. We look forward to hearing from you!