I’m afraid that I’ll be going off at something of a tangent in the coming year, and adding a new category to my blog. I’ll still be cross stitching, patchworking, sewing, knitting & crocheting . . . but I’ll also be making things in “new born” sizes. Not because I’m about to become a grandma (which would be the logical reason), but because I’ve suddenly become all fired up over . . . baby dolls.
I blame it on the internet. The other month, I was, in fact, searching for ideas related to clothes & accessories for BJDs (ball-jointed dolls) – okay, yes, also dolls, but not baby dolls. My daughter and I have quite a collection of BJDs, but they’ve been stuck in their boxes since our last house move in 2014. Anyway, I digress . . . while searching for BJD ideas, I came across “reborns”.
An example (for those who don’t know) can be seen on Cocochello’s blog here. Some people will find these very life-like dolls “creepy” but I think they are absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, a finished doll to the standard of Cocochello’s creations, is very expensive. And I don’t have the talent to attempt making my own from scratch.
However, I then came across the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO6EC452SKM where LaDonna Briggs shows how to reborn a shop bought vinyl doll (Berengeur dolls). I watched over and over again . . . totally captivated by the process . . . and then went searching for a second hand Berengeur doll. Unfortunately (again) the entire reborning community must be looking for Berengeur dolls too because prices on ebay for a second hand doll are barely cheaper than for a brand new doll.
Undeterred, I continued my search . . . and I found this little chap, complete with his original outfit.
He’s one of the Berengeur new borns. Measures 36cm in length, and for the bargain sum of 13€ (including p&p) he is all mine lol.
Little feet and chubby legs just in the right position for modesty’s sake (I wouldn’t want to be accused of doll porn).
For the moment, all I’ve had time to make him so far is . . . a little nappy.
What I hope to do, in the coming year, is copy LaDonna Briggs, the lady of the video. I’ve bookmarked a couple of on-line shops in France which sell supplies (cloth bodies, weighting materials etc) and plan to give him a cloth body and a more realistic baby weight, which in turn will make him more poseable, before actually making him any new clothes. I won’t be attempting any painting. I think he looks lovely just the way he is.
And, because I’m the mad woman who gives names to everything, including her hens . . . yes, this little cutie does have a name already lol. It’s Noah.