Past Projects: Pin Dolls

Now that summer’s here and I’m spending so much time outside, I’m not getting nearly as much knitting, spinning, or sewing done. So today’s project is one I completed a few years ago but never got around to sharing.

Mouse pin dolls by Kit Dunsmore
Mouse pin dolls by Kit Dunsmore

These pin dolls are little figures 2-3 inches tall that I made by hand as thank you gifts. Each one has a safety pin on the back so the owner can wear it on a jacket. Some of them stand up and can be displayed on a shelf.

Pin dolls (poodles and peacock) by Kit Dunsmore
Pin dolls (poodles and peacock) by Kit Dunsmore

For each critter, I had to develop a pattern from scratch. Some took more than one try before I liked how they turned out. Once I had the basic pieces, I could put them together in different ways to change their expressions (the rabbits are a good example).

Rabbit pin dolls by Kit Dunsmore
Rabbit pin dolls by Kit Dunsmore

I loved making these. They took time: small is not necessarily fast. But getting to embellish them with different fabrics and beads made the process enjoyable.

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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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