Over the summer when Castle in the Air released its class schedule, I saw a class, “Summer Sprite Peg Dolls,” that I wanted to take (along with at least nine other ones). But when I read the description, it said, “Margaret Bloom…will guide children (ages 3 to tween) in making adorable peg dolls,” I realized this class was for the younger set. I mean I’m a kid at heart, but it has been decades since I was anywhere near being a tween, much less a child. So when I was taking a class at Castle in the Air recently, I came across Margaret Bloom’s book, Making Peg Dolls, and immediately grabbed it to take a look at what I missed.
I was enchanted by the sweet little peg dolls throughout (made with wooden pegs modified and sold for that very purpose) and all the imaginative ways the author decorated and dressed them.
The book is broken down into chapters named after the seasons, with each season’s dolls depicting different creatures and figures associated with that particular season. Spring includes flowers and birds, but also the main characters of the story of Purim, while summer includes mermaids and garden vegetables and fruits.
There are even acorn gnomes with acorn caps for hats.
And two menorahs with peg doll flames.
The last chapter features characters of classic children’s stories, including Hansel and Gretel.
(I noticed that the wicked characters are portrayed with scowling eyebrows, like the witch in the photo above).
Each doll is painted and dressed with pieces of felt, yarn, and/or decorative paper. Patterns are included in the book.
So sweet, I want to play with them and give them to my stuffies for them to play with :0)
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What craft books have you picked up lately? Please share in the comments.