Eileen and Ethel are ready.

Sure thing. It took them a while to sort out their wardrobe, and we took a day off to go pick-nick-ing but we are all sorted out.

Ethel, a natural cloth doll, waldorf inspired, by Fig and Me.

Lo and behold, they chose repurposed knits.

I think it suits them perfectly to be honest, and since Eileen has trouble sewing linen, I thought this was the perfect choice to help her match seams and not get too sad if she had puckers. I used to be afraid of sewing with knits, and now I always recommend it as a first fabric to start with.

Eileen, a natural cloth art doll, waldorf inspired, by Fig and Me.

Eileen of course was in charge of sewing everything, while Ethel helped picking the fabrics, adding the fancy stitches and embroidery, and hand-sewing the snaps to their dresses.

Eileen really dislikes using needles with her hands, she has a childish fervour for pushing the sewing machine pedal, and we let her. After all, we all gotta focus on what brings us joy!.

Pretty wool flower on Ethel's dress, by Fig and Me.

Tiny stitches on her Peter Pan collar (handmade doll clothes) by Fig and Me. 

Cotton lace, fancy design tulle, cotton flannel and wool knits. Pretty doll clothing  by Fig and Me. 

Eileen, a natural cloth art doll by Fig and Me. 

They each chose their favourite colour. Ethel says it's grey because it reminds her of foggy mornings, wintry afternoons and puffy clouds. She also chose the dusty pink tulle because it's very soft and she likes soft things.

Eileen chose the pretty subdued purple because she loves all purple flowers in the garden: irises, lilacs, chives, the vinca and the violets of course. She was extremely grateful that her sister chose such a pretty and soft fabric, as well as decorating her Peter Pan collar with tiny, wobbly stitches.

Since they are sisters, they wanted to wear something matchy. Girls. They decided on a wide and comfy cotton flannel skirt, made with my a design by my favourite Japanese designer (Naomi Ito). They chose a dainty cotton lace, and giggled a lot while we basted, sewed and put elastic on the waist. I am not sure why, but the silliest things make them giggle.

Ethel, a natural cloth art doll by Fig and Me.

Eileen, showing off her pretty eyes, by Fig and Me. 

Ethel, showing her smack of freckles. By Fig and Me.

Eileen, wearing her long and pretty cashmere dress, by Fig and Me.

Aside their recent fascination for stitching activities, Ethel and Eileen love to spend time in the garden. They love to look under leaves in the strawberry patch, hoping and praying to find a juicy red jewel. Lucky for them, this winter was so mild that they have already found a few. Every time there is a white new flower, they both look at each other anticipating the hunt. Who will get to eat the ripened fruit first? Sisters.

Ethel, a natural fiber art doll by Fig and Me.

Eileen, a natural fiber art doll by Fig and Me.

You can find both Ethel and Eileen in our newly-freshened up BigCartel store. I decided to put them in this store instead so you had time to preview their listing, make a note of their price, and consider wether bringing one of them home (or both!) will suit your family. Shipping is $35 USD. I will make the listings active on  Monday February 20th at 7 PM MDT (Mountain Daylight Time)

Thank you so much for coming to see them, and for considering wether one of them has just the right spunk and personality to be your friend. They are both excited to meet their destinies, and promised to write each other. I, on the other hand, am very nervous and hope that everything goes smoothly and they find homes where they are loved. See you all tomorrow.

Posted on February 19, 2017 and filed under dollmaking.

The little ones: Eileen and Ethel.

If you were under the wrong assumption that they couldn't possible get any cuter…I just shattered that silly notion.

Eileen and Ethel, the little ones. Natural Cloth Art Dolls by Fig and Me.

These two little rascals have been up at odd hours, diving into buckets full of cloth, wrapping wool around their legs, choosing trims and buttons. One sews proficiently with the machine, the other one is a master at hand-stitching. Both are so eager to get into the wide, wide world. 

But first they need their garments! I say.

This is Eileen, freckle face and tanned. She spends way too much time deciding on lace and buttons, and doesn't like to take her braids down ever. By Fig and Me.

This is Ethel, a bundle of cuteness with the longest possible hair, which she likes to let loose and wild. By Fig and Me.

As mentioned in my most-recently-dispatched newsletter, I had the pleasure of revisiting my old Mini Fig pattern. It started as a tiny 8" doll and over the years it has grown to almost 12" tall. They are not quite twelve yet, but judging by those long legs…they might soon get there.

Eileen and Ethel are two little sisters who are working incredibly hard to finish their clothing. They are crafty girls and would not let anybody dress them. They have freckle faces because they spend inordinate amounts of time under the sun, gathering flowers, working on their strawberry patch, and taking leisurely walks through the country roads.

Eileen smiling at me. By Fig and Me.

Ethel, showing off her freckles. By Fig and Me.

As soon as they are finished with their clothes, I should pop them in the shop. I can't promise when (a day, or two), because they giggle too much and they are quite fickle. They mentioned hard-working overalls two days ago, and now they want to look like they came out of a Jane Austen novel. I will try to keep them in check. It's a joy to watch them work if I must confess.

More soon.

Posted on February 16, 2017 and filed under storytelling, dollmaking.