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A doll based on a story


The doll in this post is really a story

That’s because she is based on an animated Young Adult fantasy portal character by author Katina M. Cotton. 

The doll is made with high-quality cotton quilter’s fabric, and the pattern is custom-designed to match the actual character.


Krushia is the story about a boy who is transported to another dimension, where he transforms into a girl and goes on an adventure with her friends.  Krushia’s goal is to teach the people that being different is something to be celebrated.   I liked the concept very much, and so when Katina Cotton, the author of the story, reached out to me and asked if I could create a Krushia doll, there was no way to say no.  Now I’m on a journey too!



While the obvious thing here is to create a doll with clothes and a face to match the animated drawings, it was important for me to start off with a body that has the right shape.  For that, details are very important.  The special thing about this doll’s body is her little hands.  They are really mini-sized, so she’s got a separate thumb.  The fingers start out as mittens and have to be hand-stitched.

Here’s a close-up of her hands, complete with a manicure!


And of course, she’s got adorable little toes.  She will wear shoes which will cover them up, but you know I’m a dollmaker so I have to get a bit carried away.  If she ever decides to wear sandals, she’ll be ready!


Her body was thoughtfully designed.  She has a full chest because she holds it confidently, yet her other features are dainty.  That’s why her hands are tiny and her limbs are thin. This will help the fabric of her clothing to drape better.  She is built on a wire armature so she can be posed easily.  This model is a prototype, and she can easily evolve into something that children can hold.  For that, a smaller version with button joints could work well. (Minus the manicure!)


The next step will be to make her clothing, of course, and her head and face will be made last.  I haven’t decided yet whether the face should be three-dimensional or flat.  Krushia will ultimately be about 23 or 24 inches tall, so she might be better off with a round head, but that will require needle stitching and more handiwork, and it will be more challenging to duplicate the face.  We shall see!

Keep watching for more photos of my progress.  I’ll be posting them on Instagram and Facebook, and when she’s done, I’ll come back here and put her in the gallery as well.

Have a dollightful day!

Thread bearer, clay musher, paint brusher, seam ripper. Turning whimsy into reality, one doll at a time.

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