Butterfly Lady

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I become highly aware of how long the dolls take me to make when I have to start from the beginning of the process and work all the way through. I am getting ready for the ArtProvidence Show (in One WeeK!) and I want to have a good selection of all the things. Most of the time, the various steps are separated, sometimes by more than a year. But, last Saturday, I pulled out my pattern pieces to make some Lady Pillow dolls because the bin of pre-mades and pre-cut pieces was empty.

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I went though all my bins of wool to choose the dress and skin colors. Yes, they are heavy and I am getting old- phew, what a workout! Next, cut out the various dress pieces. Choose half of the dress pieces and match some “skin” colors to them, then shoes. Cut. Put the extra dresses aside for another day. I now have 8 ladies ready to sew up into their unembellished selves.

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Stuff and sew them closed. Pull out my bags of smaller scraps of wool and cashmere. Choose hair colors and figure out hair-dos. Cut and sew. Embroider faces and hands. Okay, now I’m getting nervous because the week is flying by. I choose four out of the eight to focus on. Sew on their hair. Start designing their dresses.

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I get three ladies done with a basic design idea and start hand-sewing. Finally the most fun part! So, today, pretty much a week later, I have something to show you. Oh, and one of the ladies is now bald again because I decided that I didn’t like her hair. I’m still hoping to have 4 ladies finished by the end of the weekend but we shall see.

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This first lovely lady is more Spring than Autumn so maybe she is Australian.She is covered in butterflies, flowers, and leaves; most cut from reclaimed cashmere but with a little wool too.

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Where to find me these days

I am going to do one sale this Autumn- Art Providence, November 8 – 10. That is less than 1 month away so that is what I am currently working toward.


There is a Friday evening event and then Saturday and Sunday. I will have 4 free admission tickets available so email me if you are interested (mimik@pobox.com). I also have a code for discount tickets if the free tickets get claimed. Here is the deal-

Get $2 off per ticket to the Art Providence Show when you pre-purchase on-line!  Go to https://bit.ly/2pRJJDQ.  After clicking “Select A Date” and preferred “Tickets” button, click Enter Promo Code at the top of the screen.  Enter the code ARTIST19.  Click Apply.  Tickets will change to $8 apiece.  Choose quantity and check out.  Receive e-mail confirmation of tickets ordered and present this at the Box Office for admission into the Art Providence Show.

The other place to see my work in person will be at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, in a show called Child’s Play. The show will run from November 21 (Opening Reception 6pm to 9pm) to January 18, 2020.

Pause here for photos of dolls :-)

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I mostly hanging out online if you want to keep up with what I am doing. Obviously you know I have this blog (mimikirchner.com) but did you know that you can get all the posts delivered right to your email box by clicking on the subscribe button in the top right-hand corner of my homepage?

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I am most active on my Instagram account and most of those posts go directly to my Facebook business page. I have a twitter account but I rarely post.

I sell my work through my Etsy shop but I also sell quite a few pieces directly from the blog or Instagram. If you see something you like, email me or message me and I can send you details. It doesn’t commit you to anything, it just gives you first refusal for when the piece is finished.

Is there anything else you’d like to know? I always love hearing from you!

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Girl in a red dress

This is the last girl doll for now. She is another girl wearing everyday clothes, the kind that she’d wear to school or a day with friends.

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She has a nice cashmere sweater to fancy things up. Her bookbag has her school necessities.

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I love this dress. I’d definitely wear one like it.

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I will be putting these up on etsy tomorrow but is you see one that you are interested in, email me at mimik@pobox.com. The girls are $500 ea, free shipping.