Do you remember dreaming? Like “little kid dreaming” with your cloth dolls in bed holding your hand tight? That’s what today’s maker makes. She brings kids dreams to reality. At least that’s what I see when I scroll her feed, or browse her shop. Sue of Little Luckies makes handmade cloth dolls for children, or the child in each of us (I know I have one!). From narwhals and unicorns to little girls complete with beautifully crafted outfits, she makes what only a child can dream up (but with adult attention to detail and mastery of craft!)
Let’s dream, I mean, meet her.
How would you describe your handmade cloth dolls shop?
I would describe my shop as colourful, bright, fun and sweet. A place where childhood friends are carefully handmade with lots of love.
How did you get started making handmade cloth dolls?
Pregnant with my first, the nesting instinct kicked in and, after I finished organizing the nursery, knitting blankets and booties, I had the greatest urge to make stuffed toys (my very favourite type of toy as a child). Never sewing anything but, a blanket or two I was determined to make something sweet and cuddly. I purchased a jointed teddy bear pattern at a quilt fair and set to work. A week later I finished a 32″ fully jointed bear, with old fashioned joints, glass eyes and an embroidered nose. I immediately went searching for more patterns.
What do you love about making handmade cloth dolls?
What craft would you like to try other than making handmade cloth dolls?
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wanted to open an online handmade shop?
What inspires you, or how do you keep your creative mojo going?
I’m a perpetual child at heart so, it should come as no surprise that my children inspire me every step of the way. They lose a tooth well, naturally a tooth pillow is in order. They want a fun new friend to join in with their afternoon tea party – unicorns love tea parties.
Where can we find you?
Don’t you just want to nap in a bed of clouds and billowy soft things? I just love how you can feel the plush of her dolls through the screen. I especially love the detail of the magenta, crochet scarf and button around the dolls’ neck. It’s details like that, that take a handmade item from good to perfect.
On the adult side, I love that Sue mentions health for makers. It’s so easy to sit and create, create, create. You lose all sense of time and bodily needs. I literally have to tell myself – GET UP. Or I’ll be sitting for hours on end. Here’s a tip: get all of your “everything you need for you to be healthy” in, before you set about creating. This way, you aren’t realizing at midnight that you never took more than 200 steps on any given day. How do I know? Been there, done that!
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