Elena -- oh.. Elena
She is a sweet and tiny 26cm/10". Because she has sewn joints in her knees and elbows she is so much fun to play with -- she can be posed sitting on the edge of a shelf or lotus position. Once you picked her up, it is hard to put her down again...
Her dress is reversible -- one side is a fox-coloured linen, the other side is a denim blue with sweet and small flowers printed all over. She of course wears underwear (she is quite particular about their stripes). Her casual cotton leggings have stripes as well. Her poncho is made from upcycled super-delicious soft angora knit.
Her hat... ha! what a wonderful and handy accessory to have. You see, Elena has quite a head of hair and she loves to tuck it all into her hat so that it does not get into her face when she plays outside. But because she is also quite a collector of all things sparkly and pretty, the hat is so large that she can also use it as a carry-on pouch.
Elena's shoes are hand-felted by myself after her wishes -- they incorporate wool neps, mulberry silk and different kinds of wools. They have two rivets and an orange ribbon with felted wool balls (this prevents the ribbon to slip out of the shoe and getting lost.
Every Olive Sparrow Doll prides itself with absolutely exquisite workmanship – tiny stitches, doubly sewn seams, smooth neck – quality of design and workmanship to show your child what is possible in a hand-made toy. (please make sure you read our paragraph on workmanship below). Please note that this doll does have small parts (buttons on the back of the dress) and is recommended only for children over 3 years of age.
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Each doll is made up of the following materials.
Skin: 100% cotton (Swiss-made to Öko-Tex-Standard 100)
Stuffing: 100% wool batt from Germany
Hair: hand-dyed merino wool yarn
Clothing: 100% natural fibers (linen, cotton, wool)
Shoes: hand-felted wool fibres
Face: 100% cotton Embroidery Thread
Workmanship: Each doll is created individually by artist Monika Aebischer, the proprietor of The Olive Sparrow. She sources and uses only the highest quality materials in her creations – swiss-made skin fabric, German wool batt, wool/mohair for the dolls hair (often hand-dyed by her), or wefted animal fibers. Hair for the Olive Sparrow Children is made by crocheting a cap that is sewn to the head, allowing for replacement should it ever become necessary (although most children will object to this, as it changes their doll dramatically). For the wispy hair, a special german mohair is used and a labour-intense technique, for the loose longer hair each strand of wool is individually knotted into the crocheted cap. This is the prime technique for doll-wig creation. Doll clothing is made from up-cycled vintage and clothing fabrics, in either pure linen, cotton or silk or from new fabrics washed multiple times. Up-cycled fabric is wonderful for doll clothes, as the cloth has been washed soft, gentle and free of textile manufacturing products. Monika also felts used woolen sweaters to use for doll shoes and clothing. She knits the doll’s hats out of prime quality knitting wool. Each seam on the doll’s body is sewn twice to allow your child to fiercely love their Olive Sparrow Child. Clothing is sewn with serged seams and some are fully reversible.