The Princess was one of my most favourite custom order I created for Christmas 2010. She went to a little girl in whose house there are already a few Olive Sparrow children, and this little girl had just one wish, a Princess.
So without further ado, may I present:
Sometimes a Princess has to think a lot about how to help her land and how to make sure that the fairies can have all the space they need in the forest, yet also let the people have enough room to grow food.
Without the cape, yet still formal, perfect for ballroom dances in the castle.
For more casual events, yet when it she still needs to wear a crown, the gold part can be removed.
Here a quick look at her wardrobe, accessories. The star-skirt can also be worn as a cape. Finding a gorgeous silk-embroidery East Indian outfit worked out perfect for the cape. The crown is made from felt I hand-dyed and sewed as a traditional Waldorf Birthday crown. (Crowns for Children - scroll down a bit to see the child-sized versions of these).
At the last 50% off sale at our local Chez VV (our fancy name for Value Village), I purchased some other gorgeous outfits and am working on a Princes' outfit, and have ideas for fairies and other magical Olive Sparrow children.
Picture of the Princess Starlight concludes my review of sold and custom dolls made in 2010. Today I will focus on getting my Etsy Store - TheOliveSparrow ready for it's grand opening. Stay tuned for the exact date which I will post in a bit (within the next day).
Each doll is made up of the following materials.
Skin: 100% cotton (Swiss-made to Öko-Tex-Standard 100)
Stuffing 100% “green-processed” wool batt from Canada
Hair: 100% Wool, or a Mohair/Wool Blend
Clothing: 100% natural fibres (linen, cotton, silk)
Shoes: Recycled felted wool sweaters, or pure leather
Face: 100% cotton Embroidery Thread
Each doll is created individually by artist Monika Aebischer, the proprietor of The Olive Sparrow. She sources and uses only the highest quality materials in her creations – swiss-made skin fabric, Canadian green processed wool stuffing, wool/mohair for the dolls hair (often hand-dyed by her). Hair for the Olive Sparrow Children is made by crocheting a cap that is sewn to the head, allowing for replacement should it ever become necessary (although most children will object to this, as it changes their doll dramatically). For the wispy hair, a special german mohair is used and a labour-intense technique, for the loose longer hair each strand of wool is individually knotted into the crocheted cap. This is the prime technique for doll-wig creation.
Doll clothing is made from up-cycled vintage and clothing fabrics, in either pure linen, cotton or silk. Up-cycled fabric is wonderful for doll clothes, as the cloth has been washed soft, gentle and free of textile manufacturing products. Monika also felts used woolen sweaters to use for doll shoes and clothing. She knits the doll’s hats out of prime quality knitting wool. Each seam on the doll’s body is sewn twice to allow your child to fiercely love their Olive Sparrow Child. Clothing is sewn with French seams and some are fully reversible.