9" Irish Dancer
price $75.00 plus $6.00 priority mailing + insurance
Alright, the JIG is up!....Now it's time to get REEL! (No, Fyhrworks hasn't been hitting the Mead - she's like this naturally!) Wee Little Kelly the Irish Dancer, a mere 9" tall, is sure to get highest marks at the feis. Her steps are well-practiced and she has the soul of a dancer, courtesy of Fyhrworks. She is wearing a traditionally styled Irish Dance costume embroidered with Celtic knots, white socks and black ghillies. The photo really doesn't do Kelly justice (bad light today), but this doll turned out super! And if you have any interest in a custom doll (your own precious Irish Dancer, perhaps?), Fyhrworks adores working from real life photographs, and is very reasonable. So PLEASE feel free to question the seller.... on any topic at all.... Here's the construction details blurb: This doll was designed by Fyhrworks (Yes, that is correct! Fyhrworks drafted each tiny pattern piece, sharing her special gift from God for imagining 3 dimensional objects in 2 dimensions!) The doll (and also her clothing) was individually hand cut by Fyhrworks and sewn on her beloved Bernina sewing machine (30 stitches per inch with an 1/8 inch seam allowance) from pure new wool felt ($30-40 a sq. yd.) Each tiny body part is then turned right side out (a feat which requires super-human hand strength), stuffed with cleaned and carded wool (plus a tiny, plastic heart), jointed (and no! No doll supplier even makes joints that small! Fyhrworks uses 12 and 15mm animal eyes!), and then hand stitched to close seams. After assembly, she gets her face on. Her face is a mask-type which is molded in a two-stage process using Fyhrworks' own original sculpture, first with buckram (which must harden overnight) and then with wool felt applied to the trimmed buckram mask (again allowed to set overnight). The mask is then sealed and hand-painted. (No two are ever exactly alike!) Her wig is crafted from curly wool roving (which can be straightened, btw) that comes pre-dyed in over a dozen realistic shades that can also be mixed. It is then sewn, rooted and styled. (But NEVER try to comb it! Roving is not a continuous filament, but rather many short strands that just appear continuous.) The doll is then dressed and photographed and hopefully sold through eBay or an art gallery. When the doll doesn't sell, Fyhrworks' heart breaks. So if you think these dolls are neat, but want something just a little different, PLEASE QUESTION THE SELLER! Fyhrworks doesn't know what she'd do without this creative outlet (in the winter anyway - she is hoping to launch a landscaping/masonry venture when the weather warms up) (She also doesn't know what she'd do without parentheses - they were simply MADE for those with Attention Deficit Disorder, were they not?). She adores making these dolls and puts heart and soul into them! She wants to fulfill dreams with them, but while she is endlessly intuitive, she is NOT A MIND READER! So PLEASE let her know what you might want.....Thanks for looking!