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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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Inuit Doll and Walrus friend

Meet Ila (Inuit for "companion") and her little friend Aiviq (pronounced "Eye-vick", the Inuit word for "walrus"). She is a RTG (ready to go) Waldorf-esque doll who stands 13 inches tall; Ila comes with snow boots, a pants outfit, a winter hooded faux fur jacket, and a needle-felted friend walrus.

Her shirt and pants set have lots of fine detail to match the peek-a-boo colors in her hair and faux fur detail on her winter coat. Ila's very special winter coat has a toggle button closure and a large trimmed hood (and YES, her hair fits inside the hood). She also comes with warm winter boots that enable her to stand unassisted. Ila's little friend is a handmade needle felted walrus who was handmade especially for her by 13Chestnuts.

Ila's long hair is a spectacular combination of different hand spun art yarns in black, grey, blue and a touch of iridescent colors (reminds me of the Northern Lights)...yarn handmade by Yarn Resuce. When I was making Ila, she demanded she was to be sans nose...I was surprised, as all my other dolls have noses, but now I see that she knew best.

She is stuffed with clean carded local wool and her “skin” fabric is cotton interlock imported from Europe. Her eyes and mouth are hand embroidered, and each seam has been double-stitched to last years of play. Ila's simple expression allows your child to imagine whatever emotion he or she wishes. The wool stuffing warms to your child’s body temperature, making it  feel like a real companion to befriend. The outfit is removable. Her hair is long and may be styled a variety of ways for creative play.

**This doll is intended for children over 3 and adult collectors. Her hair, clothes, and walrus friend may pose a choking hazard for younger children who still put things in their mouths.**

For more photos of Ila, please see her photo album on my shop Facebook page:


Ila will be uploaded for sale in my Etsy shop tonight at 6:30 pacific time:

Good luck!
Once Upon A Doll

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