A while back I joined a Yahoo fiber art swap group. Quirky little dolls kept appearing and before long my curiosity was peeked. I didn’t get what made grown women spend valuable time making the strange little dolls so I issued the challenge to myself and made one. One is all it took. I’ve been bitten by the Dottee doll love bug.
Here’s my first. I call her Lottie Dottee. I’m considering adding a piece of under-fabric to her skirt…red to tie in the red buttons. If I do I’ll add an after picture.
Dottees basically just hang around, but they are good for a smile. I can understand now why grown women busily stitch the little darlings. My second is a mermaid Dottee named Madeline. She’s a prototype for a one-on-one mermaid swap I committed to. The biggest challenge in making her has been drafting a pattern. It turned out to be a tad more difficult than I expected. It’s made me very glad not to be a mermaid sewer who makes my own clothes. Those tail flippers are tough to get just right. :) I’ll share her soon.
Yesterday my son-in-law’s dear mother passed away. My husband and I were blessed by time with three of our grandchildren for most of the evening while daughter and sil took care of business at hand with sil’s dad. Our six year old granddaughter loved Lottie Dottee, and we agreed making her first Dottee was a great idea. We started it together; Rachel selecting the theme, colors and embellishments. Her’s will be Bonnie Ballerina when it’s finished (Rachel will call her Sarah)…and she will go to live with Rachel. That’s the only hard part to making a Dottee…sending them away to a new home. The quirky little dolls really do stitch their way securely into your heart.
Anyone else make Dottee dolls? I’d love to see yours.
Until next time…
You need both blessings and difficulties, because one without the other is neither. ~ unknown ~
Now I’m off to spend the day with my mom…Y’all have a blessed day.