"Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky."
By special request, Fyhrworks is proud to introduce that dapper, but quite crazy little gent from the Tea Party (and I don't mean Tom Petty - despite the resemblance!). Yes! It's the Mad Hatter, inspired directly by peerless John Tenniel's illustrations (all two of them! But thanks, John, for the one in profile...) for Lewis Carroll's timeless classic "Alice in Wonderland".
This is one character that Fyhrworks can totally relate to. They both spend their days (when not breaking for tea) working with wool felt. Historically, the phrase "mad as a hatter" was all too often true - this on account of the mercury used in processing the felt used in hat-making. Fyhrworks can only hope that the FDA has put a stop to unrequested heavy metal, but certainly, do not make the determination based on her behavior! She's like that naturally, I'm telling you!! (And she's humming the Alphabet Song, not Twinkle, Twinkle!)
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. (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 desire.....
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