I've got three weeks and 2 days before May 1, the official opening of Alkelda, my Etsy.com online storefront. I've been stitching dolls large and small, working on drafts for the descriptive text, and vascillating between prices. Etsy.com takes a certain percentage of sales, and shipping materials cost money, too. I don't want to price my dolls out of people's reach, but I do want a fair wage for my work. I hope that the smaller dolls will be pleasing and financially accessible to people.
While I won't reveal the the dolls in the shop until opening day, I can show you some of the other dolls I've been working on. The first doll was created for a friend as part of the Handmade Meme (Note to self: If I ever do this again, I'm drawing five names out of a hat, not simply inviting the first five people to respond to the post). Even though the recipients aren't supposed to have a say in what they get, a friend asked me if I would create something that involved bats. Years ago, my friend made me a bat batik because I like bats. It seemed fitting that I make something bat-related as well. I thought for awhile, and this is what I came up with:
I've been struggling against the adage of "The shoemaker's children never wear shoes" by making dollies for Lucia as well as other people. I realized recently that I myself did not have a doll! And so, I made Leaf, a forest elemental:
Leaf's companion is a fox that I made from a WoolPets kit. If you're remotely interested in needle-felting but don't want to commit to buying materials for something that may not work for you, a WoolPets kit is a good way to go. Each kit has everything you need except for a pad upon which to work. I use one that looks like this. Here is the result:
Pssst.... The Unnecessary Children's Book Sequels That Never Were contest is still going on. It runs until midnight (Eastern Standard Time) of April 10, 2009.