Maria's Doll School - cloth doll tutorials patterns and fun
Why do I make dolls?
Hello! My name is Maria and I just love making dolls...
It all started when a friend bought over a TOYMAKING book to our regular Craft Club sessions at my place and we made a very cute bunny each.
I was delighted and over the moon as I remember my mum once made me a rabbit soft toy when I was a little girl and I remember how much she struggled making him! And I received it with so much love - the love it was made with.
So making soft toys I discovered was a gesture of great love in every way!
I wondered... I didn't put ears on the rabbit and instead made some kind of hair out of fabric and made a face - might that make a doll?
YES! It did indeed and there was my first ever doll! She is called Maria Ballerina and I gave it to a very special little girl who loves her very much!
Then I looked online for patterns and went to the local libraries and found the most amazing selection of make your own cloth doll books. So I went on to make them all and learn the technques! There are so many to learn and some are not as easy as they say - you have been warned.
Now I'm a good stitcher! I am a fashion graduate and was in the year just after Stella McCartney went to Saint Martins school of art - the trendiest art and fashion school ever especially since the song about it!
And so I was able to bring all my fashion knowledge into my dollmaking. What I discovered is that by making dolls its a fab blank canvas to bring all manner of ideas, techniques, crafts all together in one project! That for me is the ultimate winner!
INNER CHILD HEALING
I am also a holistic therapist, coach and teacher of Self-Love (as you do!) and am very interested in the concept of the inner child and healing the heart.
By making dolls over the years I have discovered tremendous healing and comfort. For me this is the most rewarding and healing thing I've ever done, and believe me I have tried most of them!
I tend to make dolls when I am REALLY HAPPY. So the energy that I transmit when I make is of real love and celebration. That's why my dolls (and animals) always look cute and have a cheeky glint in their eye...