The Dolls

Each doll is very carefully crafted using good quality materials and takes about 13 hours to make. I make them at home in Hackney, East London, no two dolls are ever the same. If you would like to order a doll please email me. You can choose from the two types below, ’round ‘ or ‘tall’. You can also choose skin, eye and hair colour. All dolls come with either a dress or dungarees. They cost £95 +p&p.

Round Doll
Round Doll – 35cm, with limbs that can be moved

 

Tall Doll
Tall doll – 45cm, more suitable for an older child

Materials

The materials are organic and local (UK) where possible.

The head is made of washed and carded organic wool covered in a bandage then shaped with strong cotton thread. The skin is a good quality cotton tricot in a choice of three colours. Then the eyes and mouth are embroidered on. For the hair I crochet a cap then sew the hair yarn into it.

I use a lovely supplier for the brown hair colours using natural un-dyed wool from traditional and rare British breeds of organic sheep at Garthenor in Wales (www.organicpurewool.co.uk).

The dolls are stuffed with organic sheep’s wool from Rosewood farm in Yorkshire (www.rosewoodfarms.co.uk)  where the sheep “live entirely on our synthetic fertiliser and pesticide free pastures, lamb naturally without human intervention and require no routine medication or synthetic pesticides, meaning a residue-free fleece and an entirely sustainable and natural end-product” All good to know if your child is cuddling their doll to sleep at night.

Why wool?

  • Warmth. Wool is a natural insulator and absorbs a wonderfully warm feeling within the dolls.
  • Naturally absorbent. Wool fibre not only pulls excess heat, but also draws in smells. It is very comforting for children to have a doll that smells just like home.
  • Naturally water repellent. Wool is mildew and mould resistant, which require moisture to grow. Wool also repels and resists lint, dust, and dirt.
  • Renewable and sustainable. Wool (shorn from sheep annually) is a renewable resource.
Mopsa at Dalston Dolls
 Mopsa at Dalston Dolls