The thing about glitter is if you get it on you, be prepared to have it on you forever. Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies.
Demetri Martin

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Do What You Love

It's always such a treat opening a new bag of dolls after Sonia and I have a hand off. She gets to see the dolls she's put together start to take form now that they dolls are closed and ready for stuffing. I get to see the new dolls she's constructed - all the clever fabric combinations and hair styles that will help to shape a final persona and inspire their unique embroidery and embellishment. So much fun!! 

Next comes the hand off stage where the dolls are stuffed and ready for their final transformations. This is the part where each doll gets a face!! 

Followed by the awesome hand off when we get to share in the joy of the final products and meet all the new little friends we've brought to life. 

We love making dolls!!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Love's a Gift that's Truly Handmade

Well, it's about time to get back into it. We haven't done much sewing since last season so we may need to oil the old machines and say a little prayer in order to get going again! I've picked up knitting since last year, so I'm hoping we can incorporate a bit of that into our new editions. We're also gearing up to start our new collection of mature dolls - I won't say much as they are only yet an idea waiting to take form - but I will share 
this preview of Sonia's most recent cutting escapade...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Can't be What You Want Because I'm Free

We are very pleased to announce that we've completed the very first installment of our new cloth doll collection Corduroy. 

As I've probably mentioned once of twice before, I'm a fan of Pearl Jam. Corduroy is the title of a B-Side track on Pearl Jam's third album, Vitology, and is about the band's exposure to fame. I've actually quoted lyrics from this song in previous posts, because I love it so much. The song speaks to the importance of maintaining integrity in the wake of social pressures and expectations. This is what Corduroy Cloth Dolls by Third Street are all about - staying free in your choices and having the courage to stay true to yourself.

Incidentally, November 22nd marks the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam's Vitology album, making the introduction of our Corduroy Collection all the more exciting. You can read more about the 20th anniversary of Vitology here, and of course I recommend that you do.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Type of Hats That are Not a Mistake

If you follow us on Facebook, earlier this week you were treated to a glimpse of my doll fashion designing endeavors. Inspired by a cloth basket pattern I found on Pinterest (courtesy of A Spoon Full of Sugar Designs), I created some chic new hats for our Third Street cloth dolls.

And they're reversible!

This is the part of doll-making that I especially love: designing and embellishing. The art of transforming each cloth doll into a unique, one of a kind entity. This is when their personality takes shape, the moment when the "thing" that will draw someone to them is fully incorporated.


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