Wednesday, August 3, 2011
"Penguin Girl" Spirit Doll
The first time I saw this penguin print fabric, I knew I had to make a spirit doll with this theme. Penguins were my daughter's favorite animals when she was very young, so they have special meaning. The vintage sterling silver charm hanging from one arm belonged to my daughter, but she willed some of her outgrown treasures to me when she grew up. This charm is unique and looks to be hand-crafted -- the head, one wing and feet are all movable. Attached to the other arm is a gold and black metal charm and a hand-crafted dark green bead at the bottom from Beth Moore Beads Etsy shop. The glass beading is done with Czech seed beads, bugle beads, a yellow and black lampwork bead and there are some sequins. The cabochon on her chest attached with seed bead stacks is a piece of green sea glass collected on the Boston Harbor Islands. Her face is hand-embroidered with many tiny stitches, and her hair is adorned on one side with seed bead strands held together by glass rings. She has sage inside with her stuffing and a Swarovski crystal is attached to her hand, both believed to add positive, healing energy. The usual pouch of polished river rocks for weight is in her base so she stands firmly. This was a fun one to create!
Later PS: A couple commented they liked the fabric, so here is a photo of the back of this doll. After the doll was put together, I had a hard time choosing which to use as the front.