Saturday, February 4, 2012
Felted Spirit Doll
I took a break from felting vessels but used the same wool roving to wet-felt a flat piece of 8" x 10" cloth. I liked the way it turned out but didn't know what to do with it. Someone (who doesn't quite "get" vessels ;) humorously suggested I go back to making dolls. So I took that felted cloth and created the front for this doll (I like the fabric I used for the back just as much though, see photo below). Unlike my other dolls, there isn't much of a theme for this one, just embellishments that I liked. The vintage sterling silver charm chest plate was sent to me by Ooglebloops in a giveaway. All the beads are glass -- bugle, seed, and larger rounds. There's one lampwork bead at the bottom of those hanging from her arm, and the felted bead above that came from Beth Moore Beads Etsy shop.
As always, this doll is weighted for standing with polished river rocks, and home-grown dried sage is inserted with the stuffing. Along with the sage, positive energy comes from four Swarovski crystals hanging freely along the side of her chest plate. She's definitely one of a kind because I'm not going to felt (and bead) flat cloth again, it was challenging. I know I keep saying this, but I think she will end up in my Etsy shop. I just need to make myself sit down and get busy stocking that shop!