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How I Started Making Dolls – A History of Bamboletta

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This is Lillian – she is my first ever doll and sits on the windowsill in our workshop.

See – I don’t think this stuff is interesting but I do get asked about how I got started making dolls quite a bit so I thought I’d write down how this all started. I know I’ve written this all down somewhere but I’m not sure where it is and it would be nice to have it somewhere I can refer people to when asked. So sorry for the long, long read…

About 8 years ago a few things happened that ‘ignited’ my dollmaking obsession. The first was reading and developing an interest in Steiner’s philosophy (Steiner is the founder of Waldorf education) – specifically around toys and dolls. Steiner believed that dolls should be made with natural ‘ingredients’ (as a child’s touch is very sensitive to materials, etc) and that the doll should have a neutral facial expression (so that it can reflect what the child ‘needs’ in his/her play – be it happy, sad, or somewhere in between). I don’t know why – maybe it was divine intervention or something, but I became obsessed with this idea – it just made SO much sense to me. I read everything I could about Waldorf dolls – sourcing books from Germany and Japan – I could not get enough info about these magical dolls. Secondly,  we found out my sister in law was having a baby and I was intent on finding her a doll – the perfect gift I believed – from her aunt and uncle in Canada. Well, I searched and searched and just couldn’t find anything I really liked. The dolls were really old fashioned looking (not what I was after) or looked (to me) commercialized and homogeneous – like they had no soul or something. It’s not like it is now – with a search on Etsy bringing up a myriad of dollmakers – back then Etsy didn’t even exist! So – armed with a book called ‘Baby Dolls and Their Friends’ I made my first doll and was hooked. I still remember making my first doll – my breath was shallow as this little doll came together and I worked into the wee hours until she was done. I still have her – lol – I remember how hard it was to figure out what to use for skin and my trip to the wool shop asking for stuffing. I was so proud of her – Lillian .. she sits on my window sill in the workshop. I couldn’t believe that out of fabric and wool and yarn this doll had been ‘born’.  Something was ignited that evening – I felt as though I was on a high – in a bubble where time and space didn’t matter – in the ‘flow’. It was pure magic.

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More of my first dolls – I wish now that I had saved more of them.

I then made one for my niece, and then for a friend – and another and another. Each time trying out different patterns – always tweaking and playing around with what I was doing. It has taken me years to develop my pattern. I wanted to stay true to the traditional Waldorf method of dollmaking but wanted it to have my own fingerprint on it – I love the outstretched arms .. like the dolls are going to give you a hug and their chubby little bodies! Same with the faces – my first few dolls went the ‘traditional’ Waldorf route – but then I experimented with the round eyes – you can see the progression over time on my Flickr site. It’s taken me years of trial and error to get the dolls where they are at and they will still continue to evolve and progress in the years to come .. I can’t see how they can’t! This is one of the most pleasurable things about making dolls – just how much I am continually learning.  So – dolls for friends progressed into doll sales at Farmers Markets and selling dolls at local stores in Vancouver. Then came Etsy.

Etsy started in the summer of 2005 and I joined up in the spring of 2006. When you’d enter in ‘Waldorf dolls’ in the search engine – you’d get something like 2 listings -the Waldorf dollmaking scene wasn’t what it is now! The look of Waldorf dolls then wasn’t what it is now either. I remember going to Waldorf schools selling dolls where the teachers would be aghast that I had made a doll with un natural color in it’s hair, and with funky clothing – it just wasn’t done. The fact that I combined yarns was a big deal too – it’s pretty much only ever been straight mohair. I’m sure there were other dollmakers doing things similar to what I did – especially in Europe and Japan – but it wasn’t anything they’d seen before. I remember feeling gutted when a teacher told me that my dolls looked too ‘happy’ (a true Waldorf doll is supposed to look neutral).. anyhow – it was then I decided that what I do isn’t a ‘Waldorf’ doll – it’s a Bamboletta and it made me happy. I knew that if I wanted a doll like I was making then there sure as heck would be other moms wanting the same thing. I then sold my dolls to online retailers – I had my first son Benjamin – and kept making them .. sort of as a side ‘project’. I was fortunate to get some great press – the dolls were in ‘Mothering’ magazine’s Best Toys a few years running and in various other magazine’s and blogs. I didn’t do that many Etsy sales as I mainly was focusing on store orders, custom orders and Farmers Markets.. then everything changed when I moved to Vancouver Island.

historyblog3She may not be pretty but my 1970’s house has a lot of space – space that is very necessary as Bamboletta grows. I can’t see us being in here that much longer but the basement has been great for holding all our ‘stuff’.

I’ve been on the Island for just over 3 years. I was very pregnant with Jasper at the time and we bought a big old 1972 house. At the time when we bought there was hardly anything on the market and I felt that crazy 3rd trimester urge to nest and settle down. I often wonder about how we ended up with our home – it’s not a type of house that I’d ever be attracted too but it’s got a huge basement that has been perfect for our business and has been able to grow with us (although I feel as though our time in the basement is coming to an end). Again and again I’ve been amazed and have felt blessed that things come together like they have. Once Jasper was born – I decided to take the plunge and hire on a helper – I ended up hiring 2 – Julie and Gillian and trained them to sew on hair, sew bodies together and machine sew various things together. By this point I had Reggie making almost all my clothing (with help from the lovely Con from SillyCon – my good pal!) – I’d send her patterns and fabrics and she sends me boxes of doll sewing loveliness! This is about the time where I got my own website – I’d always had bamboletta.com but I hired Aeolidia create my online shop. Then Michelle joined us and sadly Gillian moved away and Julie changed professions (but I was lucky enough that she piece worked for me until she moved to Vancouver). Brandi then joined me in the afternoons once her shift at the post office was over. Brandi, Michelle and my website shopping cart was a major step for Bamboletta. Then things just snowballed – more press, more sales – uploads kept getting faster and faster and the Facebook numbers just kept climbing. By October 2009 – I had 3 sewing mamas (Michelle, Gwen and Krysta) and Brandi helping me in the afternoons. Before then I’d always have custom dolls spots open (it was just something you’d put in your cart!) I had clothes on the site – and dolls took about an hour to sell out! I’m not quite sure what happened – I think I hit the ‘tipping point’ where enough of my customers had told their friends who told their friends, etc. From then until now I feel as though I’ve been trying to get a handle on what’s going on and where I’d like it to go. I’m so lucky to have the ladies that I have with me (and John!)!!  I’m growing the business slowly , which may be annoying for those wanting dolls, but I know this is how it must be done for me. I’ve got soo many ideas and plans for Bamboletta – it’s exciting to think about how and when they may come into fruition! So far people and opportunities have come at the most perfect times so I trust this process entirely. It annoys my accountant and probably doesn’t make sense from a business standpoint but I feel like what we are doing here is something very different. More on this in another post…

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It’s been a long road with lots of trial and error, many cups of tea and many wonderful hands helping out  (Rachel, Brandi, Michelle, Miriam, Sherry, Deb, Shauna, Valdelia and Liz). And my customers – I can’t thank all of you enough – you are all beyond customers – you have been integral in creating Bamboletta – and for that I can’t thank you enough.

Still awake? 😉

xoxo
C

PS – Big shout out to Petra – the lady who is Bamboletta Helper on Facebook – how awesome is she?

Cassandra - June 20, 2010 - 8:18 pm

Still awake and what a lovely read! Thank you for sharing and must have been a “day” for me because I got all emotional and happy reading your post!
Yay for you guys and please keep doing what you are doing! All of you make us so happy!

Petra - June 20, 2010 - 8:19 pm

Of course we’re awake you silly woman!

Con - June 20, 2010 - 8:25 pm

I never knew that was your first doll on the window sill, I love it!

Amy E. - June 20, 2010 - 8:29 pm

What an amazing read Christina…….you are doing what you love. You put your heart and soul into every single doll you create and it shows. Thanks you so much for sharing this…..xoxo

Alison - June 20, 2010 - 8:33 pm

That was a lovely read! With a graduate degree in Entrepreneurship I have studied many a business, from the tiny tiny small to the multi-national corporation and I have been a business owner myself (of many forms and companies)… and I love to watch a business grown from the ground up, see it flourish and take on new life. I have met with, and sat in meeting with business owners, shareholders and stakeholders and I have learned that a successful business has two main ingredients… an owner with passion and good customers… the rest usually falls into place! Bamboletta, it seems, has both!

So thanks for the blog post – it was truly wonderful! I wish you continued success and joy from your business! I hope and pray that you will continue to have passion…. we will all try and be good customers and I am sure the rest will magically fall into place! :-)

Cheers to you all! 😉

Barbara Houck - June 20, 2010 - 8:34 pm

Thanks for the wonderful background story to your blissful little creations! :)

Alicia - June 20, 2010 - 8:38 pm

I loved reading about how it all started :) It shows even more how much you love what you do and I truly believe that is what makes your dolls special!

christina - June 20, 2010 - 8:46 pm

So very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer P - June 20, 2010 - 8:52 pm

What a great story Christina…it was really touching to read your journey!

Rebecca - June 20, 2010 - 8:53 pm

Thanks for sharing – loved reading about the evolution of your beautiful dolls 😀

Gina - June 20, 2010 - 9:18 pm

lovely post, fantastic journey … and you’ve only just begun!
Auguri, carissima!

Laurie - June 20, 2010 - 9:21 pm

And this is all why I love Bamboletta!!!
C, I’m sure you have thought about this… and not knocking any “more traditional” Waldorf doll styles. But I too have Googled until the wee hours of the morning hunting for “unhomed” Bambos, then “handcrafted dolls”, then “Waldorf Dolls”. And there are many sites to take you into the wee hours of the morning… Only to find that the charm that comes with your creations is unique and truly special. I am so glad (in a very selfish way) that those teachers blanched at your work as being “not-Waldorf enough” because without events like those you might have lost your personal style in the entire process. Hooray for you, for knowing who you are and and putting your own touch on these lovely beauties.

Ingrid - June 20, 2010 - 10:05 pm

For someone who is not very waldorf myself, I remember those early days of “brave-ing” the Waldorf school events so that i could peek in on your dolls. I have loved watching both you and your business grow together. And miss the days of bumping into to a Bamboletta friend in a new shop unexpectedly. I still remember a time when there were a table full of dolls on display!! We still have our first doll, a sleepy-eyed light purple pouch doll. Although our dolls don’t look quite as clean as the ones in your pictures. I look forward to the many adventures ahead for the Bamboletta family.

Ashli - June 20, 2010 - 11:03 pm

Your story is certainly inspiring! Congratulations on your success xo

Cassie Cardinal - June 20, 2010 - 11:44 pm

Christina – Thank you for sharing such a lovely story.

Rachelle - June 21, 2010 - 12:04 am

So interesting to read how you first started….I love seeing your earlier dolls…..Thanks for sharing this!!! It is obvious you love what you do……

Lea T - June 21, 2010 - 4:10 am

I loved reading the synopsis of how Bamboletta came about. It was definitely meant to be! I’m so happy for your success and look forward to seeing just how awesome and successful you continue to grow in the future!

Naomi - June 21, 2010 - 5:10 am

I loved reading about how you fell into dollmaking, thank you for sharing your story!

kate - June 21, 2010 - 5:35 am

Love you to pieces C. Really. Look forward to seeing how Bamboletta grows and changes and thrives and creates in the future. xoxox

Jamie - June 21, 2010 - 6:34 am

I just noticed as I finished reading this that I have a smile on my face that had obviously been there from the start because my mouth kind of hurts. Thank you for sharing, it was wonderful to read the growth of your passion through your eyes!

Teri - June 21, 2010 - 8:03 am

Your dolls are so amazing because everyone can feel the love you have for them! Thank you for ALL you do!!

Vira - June 21, 2010 - 10:46 am

It is truly amazing how things come together. I remember first coming across Bamboletta in early 2008 in one of the online shops based of of the island. I was pregnant at the time and fell in love with the dolls. I thought I’d come back once my DD was older, and here I am with my 2 year old :) Hopefully by the time she is big enough to play with her own Bamboletta I will actually manage to get one 😉
I also think that since Waldorf dolls are supposed to be simply kids – it is normal for them to be happy. Childhood is a happy place, even if at times it is sad or grumpy. So it was a little shocking to hear that you were criticized for making them like that. And it is so great to see those dolls that really seem to have their own personality and soul. Thank you for all your hard work!

cheryl - June 21, 2010 - 1:38 pm

Love your first doll and the magic of Waldorf whatever it is…mine has a lot to do with the block crayons and love the beeswax. So glad you found inspiration as now we can share your vision of filling the world with the squishist Bambolettas that make me smile:) Thank you !

Michelle - June 21, 2010 - 2:23 pm

This just reinforces my need for one of these beautiful dolls. I don’t care how long it takes, I feel like the correct doll will come into my (and my daughter’s life) when the time is right. I’ve looked at other Waldorf dolls but none of them speak to me like these darling dollies. I’m so looking forward to the day when I actually manage to get one.

Hillary - June 21, 2010 - 2:41 pm

I know when I recieved my doll in the mail last week and I opened her it was MAGIC… if we could all be so lucky to be passionate about our careers. Thank you all for what you do and in a way youve added a measure of happiness and joy to my life! and introduced me to some very wonderful people all because of the admiration we share for these dolls.

Thank You C…
Hillary

Brenda Bell - June 21, 2010 - 5:31 pm

I am so glad that you wrote this Christina! It shows that you put so much heart into each one of these dolls! I love how you still have little Lillian sitting in your window to remind you of why are do this everyday! Thank you for making the most wonderful doll for my little girl! I can’t wait to see where you go from this and hope that you allow me to go with you!!!!! Love.

Inga - June 22, 2010 - 9:25 am

I heard a friend mention your company yesterday, and I quickly found myself enchanted by the family of dolls you have created and the obvious joy they have brought to so many families. Thank you for sharing the story of how you began and how you reached where you are!

Amber Strocel - June 22, 2010 - 11:46 pm

I love your story. I love that you are doing your thing, YOUR thing, totally, and growing it that way. It inspires me and makes me think that I can do it, too. If only I can figure out what MY thing is.

Shelly - June 23, 2010 - 11:52 am

It is such an HONOR for me to witness your growth, C & Company! You have mentioned ‘hiccups’ and ‘growing pains’ in the past, but I see it more like a musical staff … with different tempos and chords, rising and dipping, and all lovely, loving music along the way. Big hugs to all of you who make Bamboletta so, so special :)

Jan - June 29, 2010 - 5:54 pm

While your first doll were wonderful, lately they are just getting better and better! Worth missing a few uploads, and waiting for the ultimate bambo – LOL

Vera - July 3, 2010 - 1:50 pm

Thank you for sharing!…

Monica - July 8, 2010 - 12:41 pm

I just loved reading this….and love that I’ve “known” you from so early on….it’s been thrilling to watch you grow Christina!

Heather - July 28, 2010 - 2:49 pm

I really enjoyed reading your story. Kudos to you for following your heart and waiting for the right time to make changes. It is no coincidence that the right people, circumstances, etc. came to you when you needed them. That is very inspiring to me.

Kate G - May 21, 2011 - 7:10 pm

Wonderful read- I am so happy to learn about Bamboletta, you, the Mommas, & now I want to learn about Waldorf :) Thank you for sharing your passion, your life with us

Ang w - May 21, 2011 - 8:27 pm

What a lovely story! You have a gift, we are all so lucky you followed your heart and stayed true to yourself. Bamboletta is truly wonderful and unnique and I’m very greatful for what you and the rest of the Bamboletta team do. The smiles and joy to the little secrets my daughter shares with her doll are truly priceless. I will cherish those memories aways and i have you to thank for it. I’m happy to be a small part of the community that supports your shop. It’s a win win situation in my book and i hope to support the Bamboletta Team any way i can as a thank you for all the little giggles your doll brings ro my little one. Hugs! Ang

Holly Jean Donovan - May 21, 2011 - 9:08 pm

This is a great story! You have enough fans to fill a small stadium, lol. All for the love!! Your dolls indeed have little spirits all their own :)Thanks for sharing.

Bambo lover - May 22, 2011 - 12:18 am

OMG only just saw this

Bamboletta Team Rocks

Megan Benson - May 22, 2011 - 7:24 am

It is always fascinating when passion, commitment, vision, hard work, and good business sense combine. It is my impression that it doesn’t happen very often. Your story is inspiring. Thank you for sharing this.

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susie - October 19, 2011 - 3:21 am

Well, not sure how I missed this wonderful story, but I feel I am still a newbie in so many ways, although I got my first doll in January of this year, sweet Sally. She was a gift for my first granddaughter, and since then, I have been able to find our other 2 girls a doll, and one for Mimi too:) I have fallen in love with your company, and every doll I see each week, just keeps that magic real and fun for me. Dolls have always had a special place in my life…lots of wonderful Christmas memories where a doll was all that mattered under the tree. I loved them all:)Thanks for sharing your story, and so happy I found Bamboletta! My grand girls and MiMi are making sweet memories with your special dolls:)

Theresa - November 24, 2011 - 2:27 am

Oh, I loved reading this and finding out more about the origins of the happy dolls :)
I grew up with Steiner dolls, but yours just exude joy and make me smile. oh, the cuteness!
Thank you for inspiring me.
Theresa xx

Kathy Hoy - December 3, 2011 - 12:26 am

amazing story and very inspiring =) thank you. I always believe that things work out even when you dont expect them to. You moved in a house that allowed you to grow and you didn’t even know it =) Love stories like this.

Amy Lynn - December 8, 2011 - 6:16 pm

Thank you for sharing your story! As a Waldorf parent I just want to say that I absolutely love your dolls and cannot wait to get my hands on one! We have other Waldorf dolls but there is just something ‘magical’ about your bambolettas or the elusive bamboletta as we call them lol. Waldorf education seeks to spark creativity and imagination within the children and your dolls are clearly born from that, as they are all works of art. <3

Hillary - December 11, 2011 - 11:31 am

What a lovely natural story…..everything just truly flowed for Bamboletta. Thanks for sharing!

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sahara Goulet - December 12, 2011 - 7:57 pm

i can tell how mutch you have workedhard to make them look this good.

Erica Eley - December 14, 2011 - 11:51 pm

Awesome, my first time reading how it all started. You’re an inspired woman and I am so happy to be getting to know you through Facebook and blog posts and I will forever be supporting you and the team. Someday I hope that every child in the world will be blessed with their very own Bamboletta doll, the most special doll in all the world. xoxo Thank you for following your heart!

Victoria - January 12, 2012 - 11:51 am

It is so refreshing and inspiring to read a great sucess story, keep making Bamboletta dolls I’m certain they are every little girls dream to be a proud mom to one of your dolls. When you do decide that you want to grow bigger I’m sure the Dragon’s would be right behind you on this one. Are you familiar with the American Girl doll (cute but plasic), Bamboletta has the potential to be as big and I might add is a much prettier doll – go for it!

Kelly Paquet - May 7, 2012 - 3:49 pm

Thank you for sharing how you got started making your lovely dolls! I wish you all the best in the future!

[…] We are over the moon about having over 10,000 fans on our Facebook page, can you believe it?! For those of you who are new friends of ours, having 10,000 fans is so crazy exciting. Bamboletta has grown so much in the past decade and we cannot tell you how much we appreciate all of you. From farmers markets to our most recent expansion at the studio, everyone at the shop and the women who work from home are all honoured to be doing this for you!..and you!…and you!! If you are interested in reading about our history, go here! […]

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How to ‘Do’ Freckles

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The freckles are a great hit. The thing with the freckles is that they can eventually be ‘loved’ off – but that’s why I’m creating this post – so you can ‘love’ them right back on – easy peasy!

So, what you need is either a watercolor pencil in a brown color or a light brown-y lip liner (I think Spice by Mac is good and we all seem to have that one in our ‘kit’).  First of all, the pencil has to be sharp  (obviously). Then, do a few ‘test dots’ to get the feel of things. I then start at the side of the nose and do about 12 dots per side – from the side of the ‘bridge’ of the nose then along the tops of the cheeks. Easy!

**BEWARE THOUGH!** Placing freckles on dollies is sort of like plucking your own eyebrows – it can get to be too much very quickly. So put on a few, space them out well – take a step back and look at the doll – and then add some more if needed. Another thing to keep in mind is that is that you can ‘look at it tooo much’ – you know? You can look at the freckles and think you’ve made the doll look as though it’s entering into it’s teenage years far too quickly – don’t worry about it, I’m positive it looks fine – you are just looking at it too much and focusing in on the freckles. Trust me – I’ve been there, done that. Also know that the freckles do fade – so if you think you’ve gone ‘too far’ , they will subside.

Good luck ladies!

Amie C. - February 13, 2010 - 9:28 am

Thanks for this Christina! Our freckled cuties are holding strong, but I imagine in time they will need a litte refreshing 😉

Karen W. - February 13, 2010 - 9:47 am

“Like plucking your own eyebrows!” — hysterical!

cheryl - February 13, 2010 - 1:37 pm

I love the fact they can be “loved off”…I’m sure this happen alot. I will keep this in mind as Taylor is the sleeping buddy of Westen’s. He said he sleep’s so much better now that he has his own Bamboletta. Thank you again.

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The Hoodee – by Ingrid

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Many of you know Ingrid from Facebook – she is always so helpful and – really, I think,  she knows about as much about Bamboletta as I do- love Ingrid!

Well, now there is even MORE reason’s to love Ingrid – she has been so kind as to make up a pattern for her infamous Hoodee Bamboletta sweater – yeah Ingrid!

Click  The HOODEE for the patten. We’d love to see what you’ve knit up .. please feel free to post your pics up on Facebook.

Talk soon,
Christina

Lillie tate - January 11, 2010 - 9:05 pm

I would like a blonde with light skin and freckles. a small nose and long hair Straight.
18 inches please

Jenny - January 11, 2010 - 9:51 pm

So cute; I can’t wait to knit this up for our soon-to-come Bamboletta! Thanks for sharing it, Ingrid.

Tia McFarlane - January 11, 2010 - 10:22 pm

This is awesome, I’m going to hone up my new skills and then start working on one for my sons future Bambo boy. I’m a hoodie girl so these are great!! Thanks Ingrid. Trying to learn to read patterns makes me in awe of people who can design them.

serena - January 11, 2010 - 10:44 pm

Love the colorwork in the grey sweater! Can’t wait to make one of my own (maybe just a solid colored one though)

Cecilia - January 11, 2010 - 11:18 pm

Thank you so very much for sharing these directions. Have tried many times on my own without success. So much appreciated!

admin - January 12, 2010 - 12:09 am

ohh – i wish it was this easy Lillie! i have one more custom upload tomorrow before i take a bit of a break from them.

Ramona - January 12, 2010 - 4:08 am

that#s what I will do. a hoodee. thank you and ingrid!

Michelle - January 12, 2010 - 6:56 am

Makes me want to try my hand at knitting. HAH! That would be a nightmare, Im sure. So who is going to make them and sell them? Probably my only recourse.

Shannon - January 12, 2010 - 12:49 pm

I love this hoodie pattern, but any suggestions on adjusting the pattern for an 18″ doll??? I’m just not sure how the proportions are different between the 15″ and the 18″ and I’m not an accomplished enough knitter to just “wing it.” Any help would be appreciated! I love, love, love the design!

cheryl - January 12, 2010 - 3:45 pm

So now here is a skill I must learn, Thank you Ingrid, Are you going to make a youtube video for the knitting challenged?

Gea - January 16, 2010 - 3:29 am

what a beautifull pattern,
but i can not open this :(
what i’m doing wrong??

greetz Gea

Altadena - February 2, 2010 - 8:21 pm

great pattern, I will post my pictures on Ravelry

raquel - February 3, 2010 - 7:58 am

I do not understand this pattern at all!
Any way a more detailed version with pictures or row stitch counts could be made available?
Can’t get past the RS, WS 2,3 row pattern for the hood! I can knit, but this is so confusing!
Help!
If anyone out there reading this has successfully made this I would appreciate any explanations or pictures!
storytimewithraquel@gmail.com
thanks!

ingrid - February 6, 2010 - 1:12 am

Hi Raquel. i just sent you and email. hopefully I can help:)

clement - February 22, 2010 - 8:42 am

bonjour recherche habit de poupee environ 55 cm a faire au tricot si vous avez des explications il seront les bienvenues mais svp en fracais merci

Linda - December 10, 2011 - 8:02 am

As if you even put so much attention to detail in this pattern to make it for boys or girls by making buttonholes on both sides. Nice Ingrid!

Jolie - November 19, 2012 - 8:09 am

Hi, I’m not able to access the Hoodee pattern anymore – is it still available, please? Thanks!

Ashlee - December 7, 2012 - 12:53 pm

I had this bookmarked, and now that I have learned to knit it is gone :( Anyone care to share with us? PLEASE! you can email me ashleejefferson85@hotmail.com

Sara Nicole - January 14, 2013 - 9:13 am

When I click the link to the pattern it takes me to your main page! I had this file before but lost it. Is there anyway of getting another copy?

Thanks

Shruti - April 2, 2013 - 10:42 am

Hi,

I would love this pattern, but it has been unavailable for a few months now. Any ideas on when this might be available again?

Sharon - April 22, 2013 - 6:42 pm

Any chance the hoodee pattern will be up again?

Sara - July 30, 2013 - 8:37 am

Also hoping for the pattern :)

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Keeping your dollie warm this fall..

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I am so happy to be able to share this with all of you! I’ve been working with Brandy over at Pixie Purls to come up with a Bamboletta sweater pattern for all of you to knit up and keep your dollies cozy and warm on these cool days. I’d love to see pictures of your work – please send them through!

Happy Knitting!

For the pattern ,  click this , Bamboletta Cardigan Pattern, to download.

xo,
C

P.S I’d like to give a shout out to Carla Q for being my test knitter on this – thanks lady!

* this pattern is intended for personal use only – not for resale. thanks *

Andrea - October 24, 2009 - 10:16 pm

YES!!!!! I love this sweater and will SURELY make several! I am picky about the look of the cardis and this is just perfect for me. I’ve tried a few other free patterns and haven’t been feeling the garter stitch love on them. I adore pixie purls and her cute baby knits (and I miss the old fiber/spinning forum she used to run). What an awesome twosome you guys make! Thank you both so much for putting this out and for FREE no less.

Amber - October 24, 2009 - 11:14 pm

That is fabulous! I have long wanted to knit our little girl a sweater, but didn’t dare brave it. Thank you so much for the pattern! :)

Ramona - October 25, 2009 - 1:44 am

oh yes. that’s what I will knit!

Shelley - October 25, 2009 - 4:36 am

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have my daughter’s doll squirreled away for Christmas, and was planning to knit her a little sweater. This is perfect. Thanks so much for the pattern. I’ve really enjoyed the other patterns that I’ve knit from Pixie Purls, so I can’t wait to get out my needles.

erin - October 25, 2009 - 3:22 pm

wow – maybe this teeny sweater is one i will actually complete! thanks lady! xo e.

Alison - October 25, 2009 - 7:45 pm

Thanks Christina, Brandy and Carla for the sweater pattern!! You are all generous and wonderful people. There are going to be hundreds of Bambolettas all over the world that will have a warm and cozy fall or spring, and lots of happy children. The world needs more people with wonderful hearts like you. Thank you!!

Bonnie - October 26, 2009 - 9:37 am

I don’t believe it! On my to-do list is a note to send you a photo of the matching sweaters I knit for my daughter and her doll, along with the suggestion to offer knitting patterns for your dolls! You have totally read my mind! I will knit this up for sure. Great stocking stuffer idea!

Mary Claire - October 28, 2009 - 7:41 am

I haven’t even bought a doll yet but will get my knitting guru Mom on this straight away so it’s ready for the holidays! THANK YOU.

Can’t wait to see the dolls coming out in November and to choose one for my two year old sweetie!

Ramona - October 29, 2009 - 6:54 am
Maddie - November 1, 2009 - 8:28 am

I thought I’d already posted a little thank-you, but can’t see it here! Anyway, I thought I’d post an update because in the meantime I have officially started my first knit-with-a-pattern-project! This is so exciting. Thank you for the pattern!

fern ives - December 13, 2009 - 2:22 pm

im knitting one as a christmas gift for my 4 year old. she is going to love it! i dyed the yarn myself in shades of pink. so lovely! a matching hat will make a set for her one day bamboletta doll!

Janie - February 18, 2010 - 5:45 am

I love this little pattern, but what can I knit it with? In the UK no yarn is called ‘fingering’. Please could you tell me what ply this is? Could I knit it in 4 ply? (like a sock yarn?)
Thank you for your time and best wishes
Janie

Rita Privette - March 6, 2010 - 6:20 am

Your web site is as cute as your pattern. Thanks!

Janeb - December 6, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Take my breath away~!

Tara - September 25, 2011 - 8:34 pm

Gorgeous! Does a version of this or similar exist for 11″ dollies? I have a 15″ for my older daughter, but my baby has an 11″ :(

Carrie - October 13, 2011 - 8:32 pm

I am so excited, I love to knit so I now have a new, fun thing to spend my free time doing!!!!!!

marcia - October 27, 2011 - 12:28 pm

ola,sou uma brasileira que gostaria muito de aprender a fazer estas bonecas.
voce teria apostilas com passo-a-passo dessas bonecas?
o material usado, a montagem completa.For favor se puder me atender, vou ficar muito feliz.
Abraços fia com Deus.
e-mail: marciamarchette@hotmail.com

robin savona - December 9, 2011 - 5:44 pm

thank you so much for always sharing <3 now i need someone to make this!

sahara Goulet - December 12, 2011 - 7:55 pm

I LOVE THAT SWEATER my doll would stay warm in that.

Atarah - December 7, 2012 - 3:55 pm

The link seems to be broken. :-( I was really hoping to knit this for my little one. The Pixie Purls site also has the bad link to the pattern. :-(

Belinda - January 7, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Hi, I’d really love to try knitting this to keep my doll warm when she arrives but the link to the pattern doesn’t work. I say try because I’m not very good at knitting but I’m willing to give it a go if you can let me know how to find the pattern :)

Belinda - January 7, 2013 - 5:11 pm
moBecky - January 31, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Thank you Belinda for finding the pattern! I had given up hope. I can’t wait to cast this on :)

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Doll Buns!

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I’ve been promising this tutorial for months now! I was going to have this as a section on my website which would mean that I’d have to ‘code’ it. Ugh. I have notes on how to do this but I’m really not into figuring it out right now. If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you may have noticed my recent obsession with the Twilight audiobooks. Listening to teenage vampires and trying to write something in html just don’t jive. Anyhow, enough about that, here is the tutorial. It’s kind of the same as the Antennae Buns , just a tad different. *Before I forget – it really helps if you have the doll kind of squished between yourself and like a table – just to hold her in place.*

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Gather the hair into a ponytail.

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Keeping one hand close to the head around the ponytail, start twisting the the hair tightly – working from close to the head to the ends of the hair.

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Twist, twist, twist – very tightly. Try to gather up the stray hair bits into your hair ‘rope. The hair will start to buckle on it’s own. You’ll get a round bun like this. Tuck under the end loose bits into the middle or underneath the bun part.

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This is a bit of a tricky part. Take about a 24″ piece of ribbon and hold it under the bun. Keeping about 6″ in one hand, wrap the rest of the ribbon around and around the bun firmly  capturing all the bun and the bits sticking out. Tie into a bow  – I like the bow towards the front. Voila! Buns! See – that wasn’t so hard! But – I do have to say.. it does take a bit of practice. Sometimes I have to do the buns several times per doll to get it just right.

My next tutorial will be doll underpants. It’s so easy – you’ll be making your doll ‘day of the week’ underwear before you know it.

Have a great weekend friends!

xo,
C

P.S. I’m sorry about the small upload today with the dolls. I worked hard this week to get my custom order’s caught up.. lots of birthdays coming up at the beginning of August! All going well, it should be a big upload next week.

Petra - August 1, 2009 - 9:27 am

Can’t wait to see our fairie! Little Miss Ivy made her debut two weeks ago and she’s so tiny she can wear Calliope’s kimonos… which Charlotte is delighted by. She also makes sure Ivy always has her blanket doll. I will send photos of both girls with their dolls soon.

Lauren A - August 2, 2009 - 7:40 pm

Gonna try it on Polly tonight!

Sandi - August 2, 2009 - 7:51 pm

Awesome pics! You sure make it look easy… can’t wait for my doll to get here and I can try it out :)

stephanie - August 4, 2009 - 10:59 am

Oh, thank you so much for the tutorial. Just in time because I see that Merry’s dolly shipped!!! I’m so excited to see her:))

cheryl - August 6, 2009 - 12:56 pm

Love the buns, We really like styling the hair. And of course we cannot wait for the underwear pattern…everyday might not be enough maybe every hour or so.

Patrcia DuBois - October 14, 2009 - 3:08 pm

Love your dolls and would like to be able to give this to my Grandaughter, for Christmas it would be a very special gift. (Just too Cute)

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