We’ve come round to fall again. The weather is turning. The skies this time of year are mesmerizing and inspiring. I often feel a surge of hope and happiness and inspiration and wonder just by opening the door and gazing upward. So, under the blue blue skies of September, Ciela was born. Oh she took her sweet time.
She was supposed to be complete by last Dollectable Day but then time marches on and now she lives under October Skies.
Ciela has the Inviting Play armature system; Buried deep inside her woolly tissue is a muscular skeletal system that allows her legs and arms and neck to bend slightly and hold gentle poses. Although floppy at the shoulders and hips, she is very firm and feels just like a wool doll without armature.
I took her to a place you can look down at the Mississippi river and see the leaves turning on the bluffs. I said, “look you can see the leaves all different colors and the cold waters of the Mississippi”. And she said, “look at the sky”
I will tell you a story now. Ciela isn’t the first sky inspired doll I’ve made. She has a brother made several years ago now… many years ago…Cielo. He was a boy of the autumn skies. I’m telling you: “there is something about how the sky looks this time of year.” But anyway I will show you wee Cielo. He is living example of how my dolls used to look many years ago. Can you tell Ciela and Cielo were both made by me?
Back to Ciela. She is the largest doll I make. Very tall, quite big. “The bigger the better”, she says.
Ciela wears a light blue long sleeved t-shirt, and green linen pants. She wears striped socks, cotton undies and wooley slippers. Her dress is another linen. I bought this particular piece of linen to make a top for myself – but I half knew I never would. If I did, I would have made a top like Ciela’s, something comfortable and baggy, with some asymmetrical things and wooden buttons. Ciela also has a cozy soft woolen hand knit cap.
Ciela is not a children’s toy. She was designed to be played with by adults.
Thank you for supporting handmade dolls, doll artists, and Inviting Play. It is only with your support, that I am able to bring these wool souls into the world. Thank you.