This is something that I have not made myself, but we have as a Christmas decoration where I work…… It’s house made out of Birch bark, with a Horse-hoof fungus as a balcony and cotton wool as snow.
Take broader leaves and fold over the shoulders to form clothing and tie in place around the waist.
Fold the broad base of a leaf over the head to form a hat and tie in place.
Here’s a view from the back
Now the basic doll is complete. Use your imagination to create different types of dolls. Here are some of mine;
Including a Christmas Angel
The leaves of Cattail/Bull Rush/ Reed Mace (typha latifolia) are used to make these dolls.
Unfortunately Reed Mace does not grow up here in Northern Lapland, so I’ve not been able to make them since moving here. In the UK I gathered the plants during August, separated the leaves and laid them out to dry for several days.
Take one or two leaves and roll it up into a ball to form the head.
Take more leaves and fold over the head, ensuring it is completely covered. Remove the outside edge of a leaf and use this is simple cord to tie under the head to hold these leaves in place.
Then do the same from the opposite end to form the arms.
Separate in half the leaves wrapped over the head and insert the arms between them.
Now cross leaves over and under the arms and around the body to help form the dolls shape and secure everything in place.
Fold some leaves over the shoulders and tie these leaves in place both around the breast and at the bottom.
I have not forgotten about the Cattail Doll tutorial, but I thought I would write about a pair of merino wool felt boots I made for Kelly yesterday.
You can read how to make felt shoes in one of my previous tutorials;
The materials required were; merino wool, soap and warm water
I drew around one of Kelly’s feet to obtain a pattern and then added 1cm around the circumference of her foot. In addition to making the two shoes, I also made a strip of felt. I sewed this strip of felt around the shoe opening using a blanket stitch to form a boot.
I am very pleased with the end result and have decided to make a pair for myself also.
George is doing such a fantastic job with his informative posts while I am looking after Kelly, but I thought I would just put up a few pictures from the last week.
Here’s me preparing to go into the operating theatre when Kelly was born.
Here are my favourite three girls
This Kelly at home sleeping
Kelly’s first bad hair day!!
We needed a large, light container to weigh Kelly in, so one of my Birch bark containers was perfect.
Here’s Emma feeding her little sister (Kelly needs supplementary feeding just now to help maintain her right weight)
Emma changing Kelly’s nappy
I have a Dreamdot baby carrier, so that I can carry Kelly around while doing other things.
Of course Emma does the same with her baby!
Our baby is due this week and the doctor has decided that Teres will have a Caesarean section on Wednesday, so I will have both her and the baby to look after for at least a couple of weeks.
I realised that I have not written a tutorial on how to make Cattail Dolls, so this is something I will be working on for when I return.
On Friday evening we travelled to the cabin. It wasn’t easy driving the snowmobile, because in some places there was no now, and in others there was deep snow, which the snowmobile sunk into. I had to make two trips in to the cabin; one with Emma on the back of the snowmobile and then with Teres.
By the time we had made fire, got the cabin warm inside and cooked food, it was getting late so we went to bed.
Saturday was cold, with heavy showers of rain, sleet, hale and snow.
I spent the early part of the morning cutting up two Birch that had come down over winter. When I started, the snow was hard enough to walk on and I used the snowmobile to drag large lengths of timber, but then both I and the snowmobile began sinking into the snow. So I resorted to cutting smaller pieces and transporting them by dragging with the pulka.
Emma was bored in the cabin, so we made some paper rockets (many tutorials on YouTube)
which were made to fit over a piece of plastic tube. When you blow hard into the tube
the rockets fly across the room (the yellow streak you see in the picture below)
we made different designs to see which flew the best. Teres even made some paper birds for Emma to shoot down with the rockets
In between snow showers
we tested them outside and they flew surprisingly high.
I was a bit concerned as to how we would get back to the car, because the snow was now wet and soft. Fortunately the sky cleared during the evening and at 4am when the temperature was -5 degrees and the snow nice and hard, I woke Teres and Emma, and we packed to leave. I was reluctant to make two trips again so we put Emma in the pulka and drove out without any problems!
I have just returned from a visit to England to see my family.
While I was there I had a tattoo done, which is an early birthday present from Teres.
This is my design that I put into leather when I make knife sheaths and stuff. The star represents the night sky, the ring the sun, the four lines; north, south, east and west, the small lines coming off represent the forest and it’s importance to us for food and shelter, and the four sections represent the four seasons and the elements; fire, air water and earth.
I am planning to add more to the tattoo in the future.
I was out fishing again last weekend with our neighours
On Saturday I caught a Rainbow trout using my “Pocket fishing kit” and on Sunday I caught an Arctic Char.
I have also completed another knife.
The knife handle is made from Reindeer and Moose horn, Sallow root bur and leather. The sheath is made from leather and Sallow root bur.
This will be my last post for a week or so as I am heading off to England for a few days (weather in England permitting).
I had the idea to make an ice fishing rod out of Reindeer horn, and after searching through my pile of horn, I found the ideal piece. Having cut off the two ends of the horn, this is what I was left with
After a couple of hours work, this is how it looks now
I have started doing some basic engraving on the handle
I will be testing it when I return from England!