Eloise is the name of one of my best friends' daughter. A wonderful girl about half a year older than my son. My friend is of half swiss heritage and a soul-mate for sure. The real Eloise has two older brothers and was very much a tom-boy when she was younger, now at 8 she has found her own girly-ness and she is a beautiful, funny, thoughtful girl.
My Olive Sparrow Child girl, named after her, is just as sweet and at the same time mischievous. She loves playing with the boys, wild play that gets her hair all mussed and dirt on her knees. Yet she is also quite a girly-girl, liking her hair done just so and sitting pretty.
Ah, this smile, couldn't hurt a fly (giggle) – but give it a mean chase, that's for sure.
How could she not, with such a sparkle in her eyes.
Eloise's hat is made from gorgeous wool. All nubbly and full of colour variations.
On the days that she runs with the wild side in her, she loves wearing her kerchief on her head as a head scarf. She says that it lets her run faster and her wispy hair doesn't get into her eyes. By her description, the boys can't catch her when they play on such a kerchief-wearing day.
Eloise the demur… (giggles just barely contained…)
Hhmmm…. what shall I do next…. hhmmmmmm….
Ah those hands… it's hard to keep them still….
Eloise is wearing her super-soft cashmere poncho, a cotton-embroidered tunic, green polka-dot pants, reclaimed wool shoes, a kerchief and a hat. Her hair is in two braids that can be opened, but are better kept as braids.
As a larger 52cm/20" doll, Eloise is best for an older child whose longer limbs can easily embrace her. Eloise is sewn from my own pattern with limbs that move freely, she is very easily sat down and she just loves to trow her arms around people for lovely hugs. The free-moving limbs also make changing her clothes a breeze.
Eloise can be purchase through my Etsy store here:
Eloise has been adopted
Each doll is made up of the following materials.
Skin: 100% cotton (Swiss-made to Öko-Tex-Standard 100)
Stuffing 100% “green-processed” wool batt from Canada
Hair: 100% Wool, or a Mohair/Wool Blend
Clothing: 100% natural fibres (linen, cotton, silk)
Shoes: Recycled felted wool sweaters, or pure leather
Face: 100% cotton Embroidery Thread
Each doll is created individually by artist Monika Aebischer, the proprietor of The Olive Sparrow. She sources and uses only the highest quality materials in her creations – swiss-made skin fabric, Canadian green processed wool stuffing, wool/mohair for the dolls hair (often hand-dyed by her). Hair for the Olive Sparrow Children is made by crocheting a cap that is sewn to the head, allowing for replacement should it ever become necessary (although most children will object to this, as it changes their doll dramatically). For the wispy hair, a special german mohair is used and a labour-intense technique, for the loose longer hair each strand of wool is individually knotted into the crocheted cap. This is the prime technique for doll-wig creation.
Doll clothing is made from natural up-cycled vintage and clothing fabrics, in either pure linen, cotton, or silk. Up-cycled fabric is wonderful for doll clothes, as the cloth has been washed soft, gentle and free of textile manufacturing products. Monika also felts used woolen sweaters to use for doll shoes and clothing. She knits the doll’s hats out of prime quality knitting wool. Each seam on the doll’s body is sewn twice to allow your child to fiercely love their Olive Sparrow Child. Clothing is sewn with beautiful finished seams.