Hand made cloth art dolls
Domadolls sell one of a kind hand-crafted cloth art dolls made in England
About my Dolls
My unique cloth art dolls are individually hand-crafted from natural and synthetic materials. Some fabrics are new and some are vintage and recycled. I am trying to use natural materials such as cotton, calico and wool as much as possible. Most dolls are approximately 40cm (16 inches) tall (see my Etsy shop for actual sizes of individual dolls). Faces are typically hand embroidered in cotton. Hair is either cotton, wool, mohair or acrylic knitting yarn. Bodies are mostly made from calico and stuffed with polyester; some of them have pipe-cleaners inside for reinforcement.
Most of the dolls illustrated on my GALLERY PAGE have removable clothes and accessories. Some dolls can't stand on their own and are supplied with doll stands. All my dolls come in their own pretty storage boxes which are supplied within reinforced cardboard postal boxes. All my dolls are personally hand made by me in England. Each cloth doll is 'one of a kind'—completely unique—and will not be repeated. My dolls are not suitable for very young children due to small parts! All dolls are delivered free in the UK.
You can buy my hand-crafted cloth art dolls at Etsy.com by clicking the link below. This will take you to my shop where you will find full details and more pictures of all the dolls I currently have for sale.
My name is Mayya Pollard and I love dolls. I loved them when I was a child and I never stopped—probably I just never grew up! I also love making things, like dolls, or clothes, or cakes. When you are making a doll, it is fascinating to watch how a new creature, almost alive, appears from almost nothing. It is magic!
There are so many talented people out there who make so many amazing dolls. It is very inspiring, and so I decided to share my creations with the outside world too. I am interested in many different doll-making techniques, but at the moment I am exploring cloth doll art. My grandmother was a very skilled needle-woman and she taught me embroidery, so I am using her skills for my dolls' faces.
I also love history and am interested in historic fashion, so my next doll will probably be wearing a medieval or Tudor or Elizabethan costume. . .or maybe she is going to be a 1920's 'flapper'!
I'm currently making a cloth doll inspired by the nursery-rhyme 'Little Old Lady who lived in a shoe.' I'm sure most of you know it by heart, but for those who don't, it goes like this:
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn't know what to do.
She gave them some broth without any bread;
And whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.
So—not a very nice old lady! It is challenging to make her, because up to now all my girls were nice and pretty even if they were not always smiling. But it is an interesting challenge. I hope people will be amused with the result of my work and somebody will want to take the old woman, her shoe and her many children home.
As my website grows I hope to add lots more pictures of my cloth art dolls and more info on my working methods and inspiration. Meanwhile, if you would like to get in touch with me, you can do so through my Etsy shop