Would she give away her green doll?

My sewing room is also my prayer room and ironing room, and where I keep a big tub of knitting supplies, and my secret packages before they are wrapped as presents. And my big gym bag for when I swim. Of course it has to accommodate all the piles of fabric I’ve saved, and old clothes that I’m saving to use for the fabric when I make doll clothes or quilts. Ha! I so seldom sew anymore, much of this is largely theoretical.

Sometimes I have the thought that I should give away everything having to do with needle arts and fabric. But that doesn’t feel right, and I keep saving patterns I find online, and pictures of the sort of quilt I would like to make, and tutorials for making Waldorf dolls.

My most recent investment in the sewingly creative side of me was some gorgeous fabric from Weir Crafts. They have all kinds of things one could want for dollmaking, and as soon as I picked out my favorite colors and received my order of cotton velour, I wanted to take its picture. At first I restrained myself, thinking I should actually sew something with the fabric and take a picture of that, but all it took was Frances posting a photo of pretty fabric to weaken my resolve.

In addition to these colors I have some green that I didn’t wash yet. It’s the most delicious stuff to handle, and will make a nice First Doll for Ivy. Ah, but which color shall I start with? I picked out a pattern for the doll, something appropriate for a first-birthday girl, and then in the chapter on “Soft Dolls” I read,

A young child just emerging from babyhood needs gentle colours: white, cream, pink, lilac or pale blue….

A doll made for an older toddler can be sewn from fabric with a colour which appeals to the child’s temperament and general mood….

An outgoing or strong willed child will respond to a red doll because red energises, stimulates and gives confidence.

Blue is relaxing and peaceful; it will be appreciated by a thoughtful boy or girl.

Green is a harmonious colour and can encourage giving and sharing, while pink or lilac is restful and calming.

Yellow often excites and animates children, which is not too good for a quiet bedtime.

My most favoritest colors

Thank the Lord I didn’t read this before ordering my fabric, or I’d still be deliberating over whether I should be choosing for a young or old toddler, or over which moods and behaviors I want to encourage in my grandchild. If I give her a green doll she might give it away, and then I would need to sew her another!

Mostly what I think about is that if Ivy likes the doll she ends up with — and I’m quite content knowing that she may not — it could get dragged around a lot, and I really can’t see sewing it in white or cream, which would soon be just dirty.

Lilac sounds safe, and I plan to use it for this first doll, called Baggy Doll in the book. Baggy Doll has a hat, which I hope to make from some recycled wool sweater material in a different color.

It’s a lot of creative effort I’m putting in just making these plans. There was no place in my super-cluttered sewing room to lay out all the possibilities with enough space for me to think, so I have temporarily taken over two other currently unused bedrooms, one for the doll decisions and materials, and one for the ironing and laundry. Just getting that sewing room in order is a project in itself, which may have to wait. But at least I will be able to uncover the sewing machine.

Susan at Sun Pours Down Like Honey posted a good thought today,  oh-so applicable to me and my stuff:

It’s not a group activity. It’s what you do or don’t do, what you do with your days, your time,
to move towards your goals.
Choose hourly, daily. It’s entirely your deal.
Discipline is remembering what you really want.

Wish me luck!

6 thoughts on “Would she give away her green doll?

  1. That discipline concept is very interesting. I'm taking that to bed with me now! I can't get anything even started if the space isn't right. This is why I never get anything even started, ever!


  2. I do love the Waldorf dolls. My two youngest have one of the rag dolls each, and they are so loved. The little baggy dolls for babies are adorable. Friends have made them for their babies, and they are so cuddly they are always loved.

    Look forward to seeing doll photos. I do understand your hesitation though – I personally NEVER finish craft projects, so I just don't start them any more!


  3. It may well become her most favorite doll, the one friend from her deepest childhood that never leaves her heart.

    I love this post, GJ. You admit that your heart and mind are full to overflowing with creativity. That is perhaps the most important room to “stock” with supplies (ideas), and in which to rumble around while the ideas ripen. Don't look at your spare house rooms as failures at all; they are potential. More than that, they are over half-way to the creative finish. How many times have we read that in order to feed and flourish our creative thoughts, we must provide ourselves with opportunity. I often find (even in writing books) that the hardest step for me is stepping from the finished ideas into the first actions of making it tangible. Isn't it scary? And exhilarating?


  4. I love that quote.

    My grandmother used to make dolls for me, and I still have a few of them. I know that when my kids have kids, I will be making all sorts of things for them. They may love them or they may not, but that is just the kind of Grandmother I want to be.


  5. Lilac is beautiful! I love your favoritest colors too. I'm glad you are not giving up on fabric arts–your projects are inspiring expressions of yourself. The Seventh Grandson Quilt, by the way, is in nightly use again… its coziness can't be resisted for long!


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