The Kiki in the Meadow tutorial is written by Juliane Strittmatter. She blogs about her dollmaking at Froken Skiklig. I’m very excited to go through this doll making tutorial since she is such an experienced and well-educated doll/puppet-maker. She studied puppetry at Ernst Busch school for Performing Arts in Berlin. She does offer an online coarse in doll making, but it is only open to those who live within the EU. So, the tutorial in Handmade Living magazine is an excellent opportunity for us Americans to learn from a pro!
SUPPLY RESOURCES FOR KIKI:
I purchased the wool batt (for stuffing) from West Earl Woolen Mills in Pennsylvania. They do not have a website and you’ll have to go old-school on this purchase and make an actual phone call (717) 859-2241. It’s easier than you think though! The woman who took my call was very friendly and knowledgable. I jotted down some pricing information, hung up, thought about what I wanted to purchase for a few minutes and called right back. She shipped it out within a few days.
The wool is sold in batting sheets at $7.70 per pound. I believe they are 90″ x 60″, but I could be wrong about that. She sells them in three sizes: 2 lb., 2.5 lb., and 3 lb. They are all the same sized sheets, except that the thickness varies depending on the weight. You can see from the picture that the wool is not compressed and it is very easy to pull apart and fluff up for stuffing.
I ordered 5 lb. (a 2 lb. and 3 lb. sheet) and the shipping came to $12.10 to California.
I got the rest of my supplies from Weir Crafts. Above you can see the two sheets of 100% wool (in brown and taupe), organic doll skin (in blush and tan), inner head tubing, cotton velour (in rose, burgundy and black) and craft thread (which I don’t use because I think waxed dental floss works much better because it doesn’t slip around. I also bought a wax blush crayon for the cheeks, but I’ve since lost it.
THE PATTERN FOR KIKI:
The pattern is printed in Handmade Living magazine (UK publication). If you are lucky you can find print copies on eBay. You can also purchase the electronic issues on Yudu:
Issue #5 (October 2011) – How to make Kiki’s head.
Issue #6 (November 2011) – How to make Kiki’s face and hair.
Issue #7 (December 2011) – How to make Kiki’s body.
Issue #8 (January 2012) – How to make Kiki’s clothes.
I hope this helps!