First, I’d like to point out that attached to the cover are supplies to make your very own doll: one piece of cute babushka fabric and one piece of backing felt. I love these special touches Su adds to her zines!
I was also thrilled that she invited me to participate in this project. I designed this little felt Daruma doll (the full pattern is in the zine). If you aren’t familiar, Daruma dolls originate in Japan, where they’re used for wish-fulfillment (or goal-setting, depending on your orientation). When you get a Daruma, you set an intention and add one eye. Then, when your wish/goal comes true, you add the other eye.
You’ll also find a full pattern in the zine for this beautiful beaded doll by Robin O. Mayberry. As she describes them:
“…These beaded charm dolls are absolutely soaked with creative energy. When I give them away – only to people I really, really like – I know I’m giving them a hand-held power source. These little darlings aren’t just dolls. They’re talismans.”
In the center spread, there’s a mini-zine by Sarah Graham about guerilla doll-making. What a cool idea, leaving tiny handmade dolls in the wild for people to find!
And more! See the back cover? It’s a Zen Doll by Penelope Harris that folds down to the size of an Artist Trading Card.
I have a few to give away, too!
While my Daruma is setting itself a new goal (to get out of the clutches of Pushkin), let’s have a little giveaway. To enter, please leave a comment below and do two little things:
- Make sure I have your email address so I can contact you if you win.
- Tell me about your favorite handmade doll ever.
I’ll draw three winners on Tuesday, September 6th at noonish PST. International readers, please enter away. Good Luck!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Glenys, msb3362 and lsmucker, who were our big zine winners!