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Making Peg Dolls, The Book

Making Peg Dolls, The Book

Published in February of this year, Margaret Bloom's Making Peg Dolls, is one of the sweetest and most simple craft books we've seen in some time. "In the same way Gepetto carved Pinocchio to life, so do the tiny blank wooden peg dolls call out to be infused with personality and character," says Margaret, whose book holds over 60 designs and patterns for different peg dolls, with step-by-step instructions for crafting of all skills, gift ideas, and storytelling inspiration. 

As a mother of two, the peg dolls range from butterflies and fairies, to dragons and knights, and even onto classic fairytale characters. "As for the peg dolls which live in my own home," Margaret explains, "recently my older son painted up crew members to accompany a pirate peg doll we had unearthed in a forgotten stash, and my little one has a dandelion doll which he calls his baby."

TAKE A PEEK AT SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PEG DOLLS...

 
 
 

MARGARET BLOOM SHOWS US HOW IT'S DONE!

what you will need:

• Unfinished Blank wooden peg dolls
• Watercolor Paint
• Small Paint Brushes
• Colored Pencils
• Felt (we encourage you to use non-wool felt: try acrylic!)
• Glue
• Scrapbook Paper and any other embellishments you fancy

 

 

  

PAINT HAIR AND EYES ON YOUR DOLLs

I chose to paint small, neutral faces on my dolls. You might also wish to create simple features, or you may want to create faces which appear more animated.  If you are unsure about painting tiny faces on your dolls, using a pencil (or colored pencils) is a good alternative.

PAINT THE BODY OF YOUR DOLLS

It can be best to keep the base simple, sticking to one color for the body. Then, I like to paint small embellishments such as buttons.  Any embellishments can add character to your peg dolls.

EMBELLISH YOUR DOLLS

I primarily use felt to creat hats, garments, wings, flowers and other embellishments. Lately I’ve also been having fun adding fanciful wings made of paper. I cut wings from origami paper, scrapbook paper, and have found beautiful paper butterfly wings in the scrapbook aisle at my local craft store.


CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE MAKING PEG DOLLS >>
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PEG DOLL ANIMATION >>
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT MARGARET'S BLOG, we bloom here >>

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