I have a little confession to make: every doll I make is special in some way, but this little girl has somehow been able to enchant me completely. Seriously, I’m absolutely in love with her!
Before Forest was born, and even before I started working on her, in my dreams, she was supposed to be a boy… A very playful and cheerful boy. But little by little, as I started forming the head, the body, the sweet little features, I saw the face of a newborn appear, exposing the delicate and tender features of a… girl. I can tell you, at first I tried to resist. I had already chosen fabrics for his clothing; even started to knit a sweater. But I felt that this little soul was guiding my hands, and I just followed the path she had chosen for herself.
Looking at her (still naked and helpless, as it seemed to me at that point), I puzzled over her character. She had a lovely sparkle in her eyes when she talked, an ability to make you laugh even if you weren't in the mood.
She was a very happy girl indeed! Impulsive and trusting, she fell in love so quickly and became a loyal and caring friend. My youngest son remarked that she was super charming and funny. And I can assure you that Forest is a joy just to be around!
Forest is about 16 inches tall. She’s made with Swiss cotton and stuffed firmly with wool. She has a needle-felted face, embroidered eyes and painted freckles. Her hair is Wensleydale mohair locks, washed and wefted by me, and then crocheted into a wool wig.
Forest will come wearing a lovely festive dress with a peter pan collar and snap closure on the back; a pair of long underpants and a petticoat, both made of Swiss dotted cotton; crocheted alpaca/mohair boots; and a sweet little apron made from an English vintage, embroidered handkerchief.
Forest loves nature and is a friend to most forest creatures, who walk up to her and eat from her hands. Her true friend Fox never leaves Forest alone and would go to the end of the world for her.
The Fox is about 7” long and is crafted from wool, made according to the lovely pattern by Cynthia Treen .
Forest and Fox will be looking for a home tomorrow, December 1st, at 7 pm EST at Dollectable.
See you then!