Thursday, March 20, 2008

Maminka Grande

The idea for this doll began in my sketchbook. I had an idea that I wanted a large mother with lots babies hanging round her neck. I made the body from some creamy colored barkcloth cut from some vintage drapes that I found at the church bazaar. It took over two bags of stuffing to fill her! Now it looks like a bowling pin...approximately 22 inches tall.

Gluing on the sculpted face

My dollies have to go through such indignities before they come to life!

This skirt is cut from heavy weight linen/cotton with a wide rickrack trim.

Cutting out the babies. This is a fun way to combine lots of my vintage prints.

A detail of her pin made from a vintage earring.

Five babies hanging from vintage narrow rickrack trim.

A close-up of my Maminka Grande's big moon face. She looks remarkably calm for the mother of five!

The completed doll. I am happy with the way she turned out. She is definitely the largest of the dolls I've made and pretty heavy so she sits nice and stable.
I am off to Texas for the week but will check in next week. Happy Spring!


Anonymous said...

Hi Lorbeth - she is lovely! I love the combination of cloth and clay, and all the sweet babies around her neck....I'll be back soon.

Maggi said...

I love her, but 5 kids I agree? How about designing one with twins? Grandmothers would love it! Try listing it on Etsey? Your website is so pretty!

I hope that you are having a wonderful time in my part of the world. I ordered gorgeous weather for you! I'll call next week to catch up.

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Wow! She turned out wonderfully, great job. Thanks for stopping in over at my blog! xo, suzy