Christine Alvarado is an artist and doll maker originally from the Monterey Peninsula and she currently resides in Bend, Oregon with her husband and son. Her background is in fine art, sculpture, printmaking, etc.. She earned an AA in Graphic Design at Monterey Peninsula College and her BA in Art at San Jose State University’s School of Art & Design.
Lavander bunnies can be made in any stretchy fabric, but off-cuts from 100% wool jumpers and merino blankets make the softest friends. Fine wool jumpers are better washed on a really hot wash so no stuffing can peep out through the knited fabric. You can also use favourite too-small baby clothes or blankets as a precious keepsake of younger days.
Lynne and Michael Roche have been making artist dolls for 30 years. They are well known for their porcelain headed dolls with finely carved and articulated lime-wood bodies. They have also made a variety of ranges of different bodies for the dolls over the years, at the moment tiny all bisque jointed dolls compliment their larger wooden and porcelain collection.
These Japanese-inspired dolls have motivated crocheters everywhere to grab their hooks and create collections of irresistibly funky-cute creatures. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small animals or toys. The dolls are done in single crochet in the round. The rounds are never joined, instead being worked in a spiral.