Stoneleigh Dolls

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Dolly goodness...

There is nothing quite like the process of crafting a unique handmade item. Getting to work with gorgeous materials of the highest quality is very soothing to the soul.

These three are my constant companions during the process of making knitted dolls and also fantastic models for new clothing ideas!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Esme... a knitted doll that has been very patient...

This is Esme... I have had her sitting on my work desk for about a year... only half made. Poor dolly!

For months she was just a stuffed head and body with some lips. My two year old still recognised her as a 'dolly' in this state and eventually asked me to make her some legs, then a few months after that, some arms. Eventually she got a face and then perched herself on my desk looking at me, covering her bald head with a hat, until I decided what sort of hair she should have.

Ta Da!

Since she had to wait so long to be finished, I decided to give her a nice dress to make up for it. Now she's ready to get off my desk and go play with the other dollies!
Well... soon. I want to hang out with her for just a little bit longer... ;-)

Friday, 2 January 2015

10 inch Knitted Doll

I made myself a little desk companion for Christmas. She is knitted up on tiny needles with 4 ply pima cotton and stuffed with merino wool. I'm going to knit and hand sew a tiny wardrobe for her and it's going to be lots of fun!

Monday, 22 September 2014

It's a Start...

Operation 'Empty Box' is progressing! My new rule is that for every new item I knit... 3 items need to be finished from the box. That seems to be working so far...

What I have discovered, however, is that I seem to have knitted up at least ten or so dresses of the same pattern in various yarns. I'm not sure what I was thinking... how many versions of the same dress does one dolly need??

At least Willow has decided she likes these two and has snapped them up for herself. That's gotta be worth something... right?

Saturday, 23 August 2014

A New Breed of Knitted Doll...

Willow is the first of the knitted dolls that I will be making from now on. All of my dolls will now be knitted in 100% pure Peruvian pima cotton and stuffed with clean Australian merino wool. Their hair options now include sewn mohair to give a full head of hair that looks real and their eyes and mouth are 100% merino wool felt sewn with cotton thread and embroidery floss.

The knitted dolls clothes are being made from 100% natural materials of the highest quality and I will be sewing some clothes too, mostly using cotton fabrics.

I have quite a few dolls to introduce to you soon. I can't wait to show you all.

In the meantime... here's Willow enjoying the garden.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Operation 'Empty Box'...

I have given myself a new mission... sew up and finish all of my doll clothes projects. I have no idea how long it will take but I am determined!

Here are all the things in the box of unfinished clothes that fit my latest dolls...

... and here are the things in the box of unfinished clothes that fit my Fiona McDonald pattern dolls...

Wish me luck!

Saturday, 12 July 2014


I have been working on the first of a new range of high quality knitted dolls.

This is Willow, knitted from 100% pure pima cotton, with a full head of mohair hair hand stitched to her head so that it can be brushed, styled and played with. Her face is embroidered using cotton floss and 100% merino wool felt. She is very firmly filled with hypo-allergenic polyester stuffing.

Willow's dress is knitted from super soft hand dyed 100% Australian wool. Her scarf is Noro Kirara. She has two butterfly charms on her waist tie. Her shoes are knitted from wool with two flower buttons.

All patterns are my own.

I hope you like her...