Meet Ig

Back in November, I wrote a story that included a prince cursed with a smelly, noisy, socially inappropriate demon named Ig. I loved the idea of this little creature so much that I was inspired to make a doll. The real Ig is about two-feet tall. This facsimile is probably just under a foot tall when standing.

Ig, a funny but disgusting demon from one of my stories

I love doll making, because there are no rules and there are lots of surprises. For example, it was actually much harder to make the body for this figure than I expected. My initial tries used pieces shaped like footballs sewn together, but the results were really strange — almost square no matter how hard I tried to make it round. In the end, I just sewed a tube and then gathered the two ends closed to get an egg-shaped form.

In my story, Ig is a frog-like olive green, but I decided that wasn’t disgusting enough. I picked this pink, orange and brown batik because I didn’t have anything that looked pukier.

For those interested in technicalities: The irises are beads and the teeth and whites of the eyes are made from felt. Everything else is cotton fabric. Its fingers and arms have pipe cleaners in them so it can be posed. Its legs have sticks in them to keep them straight. The horns are fabric cones with pipe cleaner inserted so I could twist them into their funky shapes.

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

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