Kasumi, Sisley and Oona, three natural fiber art dolls ready to play.

As time went on the three girls kept being hushed away. They tried and tried again, to brush all that snow, but King Winter and their cousin Jack Frost would not go away. It seemed as if their Spring time brooms were strictly to be avoided.

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

The weeks rolled, one by one, and yet the winter winds wouldn’t cease howling. Branches broken by ice storms, puddles of melted snow, gone in the blink of an eye with the help of three industrious girls; only to be covered again by a white mantle of crystals.

Kasumi, a natural fiber art doll by Fig and Me. Petite Fig style.

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

You see, Kasumi, Sisley and Oona are nature helpers. They tidy up rooms, giggle dust bunnies out of corners, and coerce early blooms to spring forth. They help melt the earth, so that everything wakes up. But King Winter is a stubborn man (aren’t they all?) and while he dearly loves the three girls, he also loves to tease them. Let’s them get away with a bit of spring cleaning, only to cover it all under snow again in the blink of an eye. 

These girls do not lose their spirits, oh no! they fluff their skirts and tap their shoes, kerchiefs on and they get right back to work. I sure hope they convince King Winter to go home, he has definitely overstayed and we don’t want to be rude. It would be most unbecoming.

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

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

Oona, a natural fiber art doll (waldorf inspired) by Fig and Me.

So, it is with a hopeful heart that I bring you this three little helpers. Hopeful that you are savouring the smells of Spring where you live, that you love them and open your doors to one of them. Let’s see what the lucky winds of Spring bring.

 

Sisley and her freckles, by Fig and Me. A waldorf-inspired natural fiber art doll.

Kasumi, Sisley and Oona are three natural fiber art dolls, made by me. They were made with cotton interlock and stuffed very firmly with wool. Their hair is made of alpaca locks, that I processed and sewn into wefts, then sewn to a wool cap. Their hair is very fragile, and is only suitable for finger styling. You can braid it and lightly scrunch it to keep the curls bouncy, but you cannot really brush it. All three girls have faces sculpted with needle felting techniques, embroidered eyes and blushed cheeks. Sisley has hand-painted freckles. Sisley (blonde) and Oona (brunette) are approximately 18 inches tall, while Kasumi is almost 20”. They are made with my Petite Fig pattern, which corresponds to bodily proportions to a 10 to 12 year old. Although tall they are of very small build. They are suitable as dolls for children 10+ or adult collectors.

Kasumi in her drop-waist dress, a natural fiber art doll by Fig and me.

Kasumi, the eldest, has almost black brushed alpaca locks and deep blue eyes. Her hair is very long and reaches all the way down to her knees. She wears a lambswool drop-waist dress (repurposed material) with long set-in sleeves, bound neckline and cuffs. The dress opens fully on back for easy dressing. The skirt is made with design tulle, so soft and bouncy, and a japanese-inspired cotton print. A small wooden button adorns the skirt, reading “handmade”. She also has old-fashioned underpants and wool maryjanes that close with metal shabby chic buttons. Kasumi has a hand-knitted collar made with baby alpaca and leather ties. When she needs to start cleaning the mess of leaving winter, she dons her pink linen kerchief.

 

Sisley under the morning sun, a natural fiber art doll by Fig and Me.

Sisley, the middle child, has Suri Alpaca curly locks in many different lengths that give her hair a very wild appearance. I cleaned the locks very well but in order not to destroy the curl you might still find a wee bit of hay in one or two. Sisley has green eyes and a dusting of painted freckles. She wears a Liberty of London long dress, over-dyed with tea (I know, heresy!), the dress has set in sleeves and bound neckline and cuffs. Dress opens fully on back for easy dressing. The skirt has a wooden button that reads “hand made” and it also sports a muslin underskirt with design tulle to support the top skirt of the dress. It makes it look like she is wearing a petticoat, but she is not. Sisley has long underwear and wool boots. She also wears a lovely wool collar with bobbles and leather ties. When she gets busy cleaning, she dons her striped cotton kerchief, also over-dyed with tea. 

Oona, sitting pretty for me. A natural fiber art doll (waldorf inspired) by Fig and me.

Oona, the youngest, has a very unique hair colour: reddish chocolate alpaca locks. Her hair can be put into pigtails and braids, but she likes it best wild. It cannot be brushed and only finger-styled. Oona has deep brown eyes and a lovely smile, because she is a very chirpy-type of person. She wears a cotton dress, over-dyed with tea, that has long sleeves and a muslin underskirt with stiff cream tulle. Her long sleeves and neckline are bound with wool ribbing. The skirt of her dress has a small wooden button that reads “handmade”. She wears baby alpaca boots and long underwear. Oona has a small cape made with baby alpaca yarn and leather ties. When she decides to tackle messes, she wears her dotted cotton kerchief.

Kasumi in the early morning hours, a natural waldorf inspired doll by Fig and Me.

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

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

If you would like to offer your home to any of these industrious girls, please enter your details in the form below. Their individual prices is $1200 plus postage ($45 to the US and Canada, International needs a revised quote). Taxes apply to Canadian residents. You can enter for all three girls but you will have to re-submit the form every time. Only one entry per household, and only enter if you are personally interested in buying the doll for yourself and not on behalf of somebody else. 

We will leave the form open to receive entries until tomorrow Wednesday April 13th at noon (Toronto time), at which point we will randomly select homes for all three girls, send you an email and a Paypal invoice. Payment is due then. 

- - - ALL THREE DOLLS FOUND HOMES. Thank you so much to everybody that opened their arms to one of them. If all goes well, they should do their Spring work at their new homes soon. 

The three nature helpers, three natural fiber art dolls by Fig and Me.

Three natural fiber art dolls: Sisley, Kasumi and Oona. Made by Fig and Me.

Thank you so much for cheering me on as I worked on these three girls. I think I greatly underestimated the time it would take me to finish their hair and clothes, but I can honestly say that putting that much effort and hours of work on them always leaves me very content. I love making dolls, it's my absolute passion. I love dreaming about them and letting them develop under my hands. As you can understand, I am absolutely exhausted but very excited and eager to find out where will their destiny takes them.

Sisley, Kasumi and Oona: three natural fiber art dolls by Fig and Me.

As I clean my studio, I will play a little bit more with them. Thank you so much for coming to see them. Hope you enjoy seeing them finished and ready to find a home. See you all tomorrow.

Posted on April 12, 2016 and filed under dollmaking, storytelling.