Making Peg Dolls & More: Blog Tour round up

Margaret Bloom’s recent blog tour with Making Peg Dolls & More was ten days of fun. Here, we round up our favourite moments as well as providing links to all the original posts. All text and images belong to their original bloggers. Enjoy!

MPD&M crafty crow

From The Crafty Crow:

On receiving the book I was immediately smitten by the bird marionette that holds a single peg doll on her back and decided that’s what I wanted to make. Margaret shares that her inspiration was the story of Thumbellina and the moment when Thumbellina was escaping marriage to a mole by flying away on a swallow’s back; I remember that so well as it was a favorite of mine too! I found a peg doll my son made years ago and nested her in the bird’s back for a thrilling ride!

From Clean:

When it comes to homemade treasures, our house is brimming with peg dolls.

From zipper pulls to favorite necklaces, key chains to doll house dolls, mobiles to ornaments. There are even peg doll fairies peeking out from under the leaves of the house plant in our kitchen.

Really.

It’s a shameless love affair, with just the tiniest dose of shame for overdoing it.

From Castle in the Air:

… Margaret has collected 15 new projects and techniques for a second book, Making Peg Dolls & More, just published by Hawthorn Press.

Taking her simple and sweet scenes as a starting point, Margaret is quietly creating an entire world that shares borders with our own. Making Peg Dolls & More includes toys such as marionettes, spool snakes, and tops alongside ornamental and practical projects like pincushions, wall hangings, and the delightfully scented “comfort friends” dolls that are filled with soothing herbs. Art takes new meaning when we incorporate it into our lives with projects like these.

MPD&M Wee Folk

From Wee Folk Studio:

The book is very well organized and written in a friendly conversational tone, like the author is personally explaining the process to you. Poetry and familiar stories linked to the peg doll characters begin each chapter, adding lively and poignant narratives to the projects.

Margaret’s Peg Doll books stand out as more than simply another series of craft how-to’s. They symbolize the reclaiming of childhood in today’s technological world and encourage the creation of toys that will be appreciated and admired long after the children are grown.

From A Child’s Dream:

I just have to mention something I really appreciate about Making Peg Dolls & More: each project has Small Helping Hands tips from Margaret with specific suggestions for ways to involve children of all ages in the making of the toys and gifts thus encouraging families to craft together. I can see this being particularly helpful for parents and caregivers because once the youngsters see what you’re doing they’ll want to join in!

From Forest Fairy Crafts:

My daughter is a mermaid :) So of course she chose the mermaid project. My son is all into ocean creatures these days. The octopus was just perfect! To complete our ocean adventures, we sewed the dolphin too. I haven’t made many felt animals so I was a little nervous. The directions worked fantastic!

MPD&M Forest Fairy Crafts

From Bella Luna Toys:

Interview extract:

SARAH: How did you go from creating peg dolls to writing books about them?

MARGARET: After seeing some simple peg doll projects online, I bought three blank pegs and made my first doll. Then I made another and another (and then bought additional pegs to continue making dolls). I gave most of the dolls away as gifts but still had more peg dolls than seemed reasonable. I had no interest in making dolls to sell and so started thinking about what I wanted to do.

At the same time, I was posting photos of the dolls on my blog, and received requests for tutorials explaining how to make them. After writing up a tutorial for my owl doll, I realized it could be the basis of a book proposal and proceeded from there.

MPD&M Ben and Birdy

From Ben and Birdy:

We got the book a little before the holidays, and Birdy immediately decided on the project she wanted to make for gifts: these little Herbal Comfort Friends, which are sewn from felt, completed with wooden beads, and filled with sweet-smelling herbs. She designed her own medallions: a sprig of lavender for her grandmother’s lavender-filled friend, a little campfire for her friend Harry’s that’s filled with mint, and a little wind storm for her test doll, that she kept for herself. She loved making them. They are just the sweetest things and, I’m imagining, double nicely as drawer-scenting sachets

From Twig and Toadstool:

The photos inside the book are beautiful and inspiring…the instructions are easy to follow and there are patterns contained throughout. She even has suggestions on how to get the whole family involved in making these projects… little kid and big kid crafting suggestions.  Love it.

(Of course I had to do my own variation of the wedding cake topper… just have to find that pointy hat wearing man of my dreams and I’m all set!!!)

MPD&M Twig and Toadstool
MPD&M Wee Wonderfuls

From Wee Wonderfuls:

Making Peg Dolls & More is just as excellent as the first book for both reasons, I want to make every project just as it’s done in the book and it also inspires me to dream up so many spin off ideas. I love all the creative ways the peg dolls come to life in the projects in this book. They fly and spin as tops and puppets. They have their own worlds in felt playmats with the toys tucked in like this pirate one is animated in her adorable book trailer. I am a sucker for little details and Margaret always delivers. Love the net wings and the little red vests on these fireflies

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View the original posts on:

The Crafty Crow

 Clean

Castle in the Air

Wee Folk Studio

A Child’s Dream

Forest Fairy Crafts

Bella Luna Toys

Ben and Birdy

Twig and Toadstool

Wee Wonderfuls