Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Dolls of all nations
So far it's working, except inventory has been getting depleted by my co-workers.
Which is not a bad thing.
One of the women in the office saw my cloth dolls, and asked if I could make a custom one for her granddaughter. She gave me the colors her granddaughter liked, and asked if I could put her name on it.
I did, and within a few days, she was back. "I've got a neighbor," she said. "She's Liberian. My granddaughter loves her. Can you do a doll that looks like her?"
There's been a new request: another neighbor is from Laos, and could I make one in something resembling her traditional costume?
Her theory is that by the time her granddaughter gets to nursery school, she'll have a collection of multi-colored, multi-cultural dolls and a firm understanding that friends come in all colors and costumes.
There are worse ways to raise a kid, right?
The most difficult part of this doll wasn't the costuming, it was the skin color. I have a light brown that I use for African American dolls, but she asked for a darker color, something closer to her Liberian neighbor's skin tone.
I had a darker brown in stash, but when I tried using it for a doll face previously, it was so dark that the embroidered features just didn't show up well. I was biding my time until the right color appeared, and not long after she made her request, I was in the thrift store and this brown scrubs top appeared.
Turns out it was the perfect shade, and a large enough size that I can get another half dozen dolls cut before I run out of fabric - with the exception of a scrap I can carry with me, so that I can color match when I next visit a fabric or thrift store.
Coming soon, Ms. Laos. Just as soon as I find a sparkly fabric for her dress.