Fir Grove Designs Cloth Dolls and Cloth Doll Patterns

The most important time in my life, was when my son, Jacob aka Jake, was born. I developed a business, so I could stay at home with him and attempt to bring in additional income. These are my cloth dolls.  Some of them appeared in publications, were solicited pattern designs, sold three-dimensional, stood in galleries and shows and more. I was published in the past over 60 some times, between cloth dolls,  patterns, paper dolls, articles and graphics. It was a very good time, in my life, when I felt important.

Most of the original dolls were large and I scaled them down to a more attractive size. The Woodsman, was my logo doll. The original was stolen from my storage in Oregon. He stands about 18 inches tall. Humpty also stolen, however I think I have one of him and he sits about 6″ to 8″. All of the sitting type dolls, sit about 6″ to 8″.

The dolls I create are not  perfect, however having struggled initially through patterns that I found horrible and hard to understand, I tried in every possible way to give extra in my pattern booklets. My column in a magazine called: The Cloth Doll Magazine, was ‘Helping Hands’.

I also have a newsletter that I produced with some simple, useful  tips for anyone who is just beginning.

Most all of my cloth dolls can stand on their own. The gypsy dolls, Mimo’s companion, jesters and some others are either not in pattern form or I have them in pattern form, not put into a booklet.

I currently offer quite a few of these in full, complete, detailed form. I offer full size patterns and full color photographs with all my patterns. I was a writer for a now, out of print magazine, called: The Cloth Doll Magazine and I was the paper doll artist for another out of print publication titled: Western Doll and Teddy Bear Collector. The paper dolls will be shown under their own category.

Recently I put some ads up and one person in my area actually purchased a pattern and emailed me, advising me that she had looked through it and it looks like fun. Thanks Hannah!

I actually have a doll that I made called: Hannah and her little sister Lily, that is similar to my classic rag doll design.

Patterns range in price from sheet patterns at $2.00 to $7.00 for the more detailed booklets. My dolls use to sell from $200.00 to $400.00.

One of a kind doll, sample for pattern

The Woodsman, Available Pattern Booklet

Cleo Simple Pattern

Emma Easy Cloth Doll Pattern

Meara and Maggie Cloth doll pattern

Meara and Maggie are in a cloth doll pattern booklet form. The two sisters each hold one charge. Meara holds a toddler and her sister, not show above holds a goose. The bodies have a slight wire inserted to position arms securely around their charge. All of the clothing is removeable…Sounds Hard? Nope, it is a very easy pattern to follow and detailed to answer all questions.

Fiona Cloth Doll Pattern with Stump Pattern

Fiona and a sister Fairy come in a pattern booklet form. The stump pattern is included. She is a round bottom, woodland character. Fun and Easy to follow pattern.

Mimo and His Chicken Cloth Doll Pattern

Mimo and his Chicken is a cloth doll pattern in booklet form. I created his gal pal for fun and I am not sure if I have a pattern for her. She  is there to keep him company and was just fun to create.

My Version of Babar

Babar was created upon request and although I have his pattern, I will not offer it, until I find out if it is safe from copyright violations, due to his famous character. I love ELEPHANTS!

Classic Rag Doll

I have this pattern, however not in a booklet yet. This design of mine, was used for different characters and appeared in several national aka worldwide publications. I think it was Cassie that appeared in Doll Making, however I will have to look through my files to figure that one out. She is fun to make…different hair types, faces, clothing and more.

Christmas Jester, soon to be in a pattern booklet

Jester

I am not fond of clown type things, however I was a jester in the ‘Starlight Parade’, in Portland, Oregon once. The Christmas version did win a felt doll prize at some show I did in either Corvallis or Eugene, late 80’s.  I am working on the booklet for this one..It is much easier to make than it looks.

Humpty Dumpty Cloth Doll Pattern

Young Gentlemen Cloth Doll Pattern

I have many more to display, however being on dial up….makes it time-consuming.

Humpty Dumpty Pattern – $6.95

Emma – $5.00

Cleo – $5.00

Woodsman – $7.00

Mimo and His Chicken – $7.00

Meara and Maggie – $7.00

Fiona – $7.00

Young Gentlemen – $3.95

I offer special deals and have a lot of sheet patterns for sale as well.

All Dressed Up with No Place to Go Gypsy

Meara and Maggie Cloth Doll Pattern

Young Gentleman Cloth Doll Pattern

This is one of the front covers of my pattern booklets.

Fabric Vases

Once again, I have to give kudos to Linda Johansen for another book that she did about creating fabric vases. This book inspired me once more to make artistic designs, that could be used as a vase and came from my own mindful of ideas.

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Bear Side of Fabric Forest Vase

My initial vase was a small fabric one with a forest bear motif on one side and mountain goat and other animals on the other side.  Since I was about to participate in an arts and craft fair, I needed a few more items to add to my inventory, that I could create fast.

I made the felt vases, because felt is an easy fabric to work with and edges are virtually finished, no matter what you do to them.

One of a Kind, Fabric Vase

Wilderness Fabric Vase, All Cotton, with lining

Due to the fact, that I also believe in Medicinal Cannabis and enjoy the beauty of the plant itself, I used some felt Cannabis Leaves, that I had created prior to attempting to make vases.

These are my initial designs, using the fishbowl concept. I have the desire to create many more vases, in different shapes and sizes, with fabric and beadwork, as well as . The vases are priced at $15.00 for the large and $10.00 for the small. Generally, I would not price anything this low, however since these are my first endeavors, I would like to make some form of cash at some time in my life and it is Christmas time.

Fabric Vases For Monarch Show

Trees, Elephant, Canna Leaf felt Vases

Since, I never limit my designs to any one theme, I used my designs from Christmas Angels, I had made many years ago, my love of trees,  stars and sky and my passionate love for Elephants.

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Elephant Felt Fabric Vases

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Angel Felt Vase

You can place anything dry in the vase from rocks to a vessel to hold water and flowers or branches. The leaves are separate and involved a great deal of time, paying attention to detail and are made from an actual leaf used as a template.  If you have dried flowers, I would suggest filling the vase with rocks or marbles and you can position the branches in those for support.

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Large Felt Cannabis Leaf Vase

fabric felt one of a kind

Felt Cannabis Leaf Fabric Vases