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Sometimes a doll comes along and steals your heart away right from the beginning. So it is with Faline. I had other projects on the go but this fawn kept nudging away for me to make her, so I had to give in. She's a special one. Her head and torso are based on an altered vintage pattern, so I kept it consistent and went with the classic red/brown skin colours from the 1942 Disney Bambi, which is also where she gets her name! (Bambi's girlfriend, remember?)
She's made from a gorgeous selection of natural and vintage materials, including the some beautiful hand-worked pieces. Her little shift underdress is made from an embroidered doily with lace trim. (It is hand-stitched in place and not removable.) Her cream tights with crochet trim are cut from a table runner made by my own grandmother. And that skirt--wow! It's made from a vintage embroidered pillow case, still in bright pristine condition and not a stitch out of place. It was hard to part with, but it was obviously meant for her. It can be worn as a dress or as a long maxi skirt.
Her body, head, ears and tail are made from a repurposed vintage wool blanket, and her facial features as well as her brown stripe have been felted on with smooth merino wool. Her arms are the only part of her made with new fabric, one of my favourite Liberty prints. Her little leather booted feet are made from repurposed leather, cut from a vintage suede skirt I found in a thrift shop. And lastly, she is stuffed firmly and entirely with organic virgin wool, which makes her sturdy enough to sit on her own. She weighs about half a pound and is 18 inches long.
I can safely say she is the largest and most detailed doll I've made to date, and the one I'm most proud of. I hope she finds a very special home.

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