Remember Making Doll Accessories? August 21, 2013 15:07 1 Comment

When I was very young and before becoming self-conscious about being called "Suzy Homemaker" in those mildly condescending tones, I loved to sew by hand.  My grandmother owned her on cleaning and tailoring business in Chicago and some folks in the area might remember Rosa's Cleaning and Tailors on Belmont.  I usually stayed with her one or two weeks out of every summer and spent a good of my time in her shop.  I was in awe of all the colors of thread and endless scraps of colorful fabrics.  I was intimidated by machines but I did learn to sew Barbie Doll clothes by hand.  I made great use of mini rubber bands for elastic waist bands on skirts, colored thread to create cross stitch designs on tiny pillows and rick rack for purse and bag straps.  Other than pillows, home decorating for dolls never crossed my mind.  I grew older and learned that being called "Suzy Homemaker" was not always meant as a compliment.  I put away the dolls and allowed my sewing and needle craft skills stagnate and recede for many years until experiencing a creative volcanic eruption and launching Purl & Loop in early 2012.  How I regret those lost years of creativity but I am trying to make up for them today.  Now, with these little "coasters" from the mini loom, I can only imagine what a Barbie Doll house filled with handmade "carpets" would look like.  What a great use for those leftover bits of yarn just too precious to throw away.  Instead of life size human projects, those leftovers can translate into beautiful home decorating for doll houses.  I don't have Barbie Dolls anymore but I do accumulate the little whimsical creatures made from the Woolbuddy needle felting kits and they now have a magic carpet.

 

These little frogs are holding on tight for a magic carpet ride.......

 

This little sheep is enjoying the comforts of his own fiber.....