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22 September, 2011

Felt and Embroidery - Look What Can Be Achieved

My Kokeshi Dolls

Kokeshi Japanese dolls originate from northern Japan and are traditionally handmade from wood.  One of the main characteristics of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs.  I made these gals while I was laid up with the flu.  I really enjoyed the simplicity of working with felt, it is so easy to sew.  These dolls are entirely hand sewn, which was great because I could work quietly away, just me and my cold.

This would be a great craft

 for kids, lots of fun and easy.

A certain amount of imagination

works well and because they 

are hand made and hand sewn 

each doll is unique.  What's
double fun is that 

traditionally the artist

signs each doll.  Isn't that a 

great idea?

There are some great images of traditional Kokeshi dolls here.

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  1. So cute! You do a perfect job. My new son-in-law's mom is from Japan. love,andrea

  2. Each doll being unique, great idea- saw your little origami, too. Hope you're all healed up!

  3. I love those dolls. This would be a great project for my daughter and I. I am going to give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for linking up today.

    Have a great day!

  4. Wowee - you are not only clever but truly productive.
    When I have the flu I'm generally not good for anything much and here you are making something beautiful - very impressive.

    Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

    xx Felicity

    PS: Visiting via Katherine's Corner

  5. blog your page! the dolls almost look like finger puppets. good work! Growing Old With Grace

  6. Also followed you on google friend and twitter. Growing Old With Grace

  7. Thanks everyone for visiting and leaving such lovely comments.

  8. They are rather Waldorf-like in their simplicity too. I love working with felt and wonder if you've discovered Wee Folk Art blog? They have lots of ideas and free applique patterns.

    Hope you're better now,

  9. Thanks Sue for the tip on Wee Folk Blog Art I'll take a wee look.


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