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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fortune Teller Doll

I started this doll in May of 2008.   She was going to be a fairy catcher or Edwardian type of Miss, but she didn't want to be anything like that.  So here we are in 2012 and this little girl is my Fortune Teller Doll!
She has her black stockings and pantaloons and her pose is the same.


 I stole some boots from an vintage doll I adopted and started to plan her costume and create all the paper fortunes.  Each leaf of her skirt has a fortune.  She has over 100 fortunes to tell!!!



The problem with having a paper skirt is that paper is very heavy.....(Think of a ream of paper)   And making all the papers fan out evenly around her hips is tricky to say the least.  But the effect is evident in how cute she turned out.  The fact some of the papers twisted at the back of her outfit is not a problem really.




I really enjoyed making her.  The challenge from the club got me thinking about making dolls again.  As much as I think I don't have time or really want to make dolls - it seems I do.  So perhaps there will be another doll on this site soon.  We'll see how much time I have to create something new in the near future.   Never say never..............


I made a doll!

Last Sunday we had a doll club meeting.  The theme was the Fortune Teller Doll.   I had put my hand up to do some fun fortune telling.  I have Tarot cards and books, I also have Runes and Cat Wisdom cards.  And I read a book many years ago that anyone can do tea leaf reading if they just use their natural intuition.  So how hard could it be to tell some fortunes?  Well it would help to have a Fortune Teller doll.   Now you may not have heard of the Fortune Teller Doll, but they were very popular in Victorian times as a Parlour Game.  The doll has a skirt made of paper fortunes.  A picture is worth a thousand words so here is a picture of my Fortune Teller doll......

The meeting was a hoot!  I kind of dressed the part - but avoided the camera.  Olive dressed up and looked perfect as our Tea leaf reader and so she took to it like a duck to water!  You can see Olive on the far left looking at the show and tell.

Everyone got very excited when this little witch on on her broom appeared in the cup!  Not sure why the witch appeared, but there must have been a little magic happening that day.
Some more pictures of fortune dolls........






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