Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I make a very firm doll. Yes it's true. A doll that gives some resistance when hugged has a strong presence. It has substance. I believe that squishy bodies are wonderful in stuffed animals and pillow style dolls but a human formed, dressable doll that takes on the role of companion and confidant to a child needs to "feel human" to that child. A firm doll will hold it's shape even with loads of hugs and rough and tumble play.
It has taken me years to be able to stuff a body firmly and smoothly. It is very difficult to make the proper lines on the head when it is made as firmly as I make it. My hands really pay the price. It is well worth it though. Knowing that the doll can withstand a lifetime of adventures is one of the most rewarding aspects of doll making.
I love what I do.
Posted by Barrie Hamby at 6:02 PM