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Once Upon A Doll began with my own love of dolls, especially hand made. My kids and I collect, play with, and love our dolls, and eventually I began to make dolls of my own. Although my dolls are based upon the principles of Waldorf doll making--natural and sustainably harvested materials (like wool stuffing and cotton interlock), hand spun and dyed wool yarns for hair, hand made doll clothes, 100% wool felt for shoes--my dolls cannot be called strictly Waldorf (more Waldorf-esque), as they have definite personalities, larger & more expressive eyes, and playful mouths. Once Upon A Doll features enchanted dolls made in the Waldorf tradition with a storybook theme for that special child in your life or the discriminating collector of handmade dolls.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Meet Tirian, the last King of Narnia, and his best friend Jewel

King Tirian, a 14 inch Waldorf-esque doll by Once Upon A Doll, is the protagonist of CS Lewis’ The Last Battle, who has to defend his kingdom against subversion and invasion. A skilled swordsman, Tirian is a direct descendant of Prince Caspian and his best friend is a unicorn named Jewel. He leads an assault upon the Calormenes who are lead by a false Aslan, and is rewarded by entering Aslan’s Country where he meets all the other faithful kings of queens of Narnia. Finally, he witnesses the end of Narnia.
Tirian's hair is made of 100% tsunami dreads and periwinkle highlights to suggest the colors of a lion's mane (and I dyed them myself).
Tirian's appearance is based upon the earliest illustration made of him, approved by the author CS Lewis himself. His costume was made especially for him by Molly's Playground.
Tirian has adorable boots that enable him to stand unassisted.

 King Tirian can sit quite easily for feasts and adventuring... His ivy crown has wire in it, and his crest of the royal house of Aslan is a pin, and so Tirian is not meant for younger children....he is intended for an older child who can handle such things or the adult collector.
King Tirian's companion is a needle felted unicorn named Jewel, handmade for him by 13Chestnuts.

Tirian and Jewel will be listed for sale in my Etsy shop on Wed, Oct 23rd, at 6 pm pacific time.

Thanks so much for sharing my doll making journey!
Once Upon A Doll

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