Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Welsh doll

At Trefoil Guild this week one of the group gave us a Welsh night, to celebrate St David's day.  The first activity (apart from learning a few Welsh words) was to make a Welsh peg doll.  Our friend had carefully prepared all the parts along with a sheet of instructions so all we had to do was glue everything together in the correct order.

We used UHU glue, which wasn't really the right stuff for this project (a white multi purpose craft glue would have better) however even though we all got a bit sticky, everyone managed to create their Welsh doll successfully.

I didn't manage to get everyone to do a group photo of their dolls, I took lots of individual photos and below are some of the dolls.

Mine had a red and white check skirt.  Some had black and white check skirts instead. The hats were pre-made with the lace glued in place (this was to save us time).  The hair was short pieces of wool, ready cut, the arms are pipe cleaners (some of us had brown, some white or black).  The feet were made of a lump of clay which had been cut, dried and painted in advance, the bottom of the peg legs glued into the holes in the top of the lump.  It was a good idea, as it had weight and helped the doll stand upright.

My Welsh peg doll
Another doll with the red and white skirt - I like her eyebrows
This girl likes her skirt a bit shorter
A Welsh doll with the black and white skirt
This Welsh doll looks quite elegant
This was a fun short project, easy to assemble in about 20 minutes and quite appropriate for the week of the Japanese Doll Festival and just after a Welsh Patron Saint.

6 comments:

Kendal said...

What a delightful tribute to the Welsh people on St David's Day.

Although I knew that it was St David's Day (and Dorisanne's birthday) on Sunday, March 1st I completely forgot at the time to mention this in my blog post.

The Peg Dolls have a such wonderful history and were enjoyed by so many children over the years.

(Great idea to make the clay shoes to help the doll stand as that adds to the play value.)

Sharon said...

Looks like you had a bit of fun making those. They could be a simple project for a child too, and perhaps making other nationalities too :)
Or dolls for our dolls!
Hugs Sharon

Digne said...

How different they look. But all cheerful.
Are they standing on a plum?
I've to search about the occasion they're made for!

(Just thinkung about germans making dolls, like the japanese and welsh people... no.
We only dress ourself since centuries for the 12th days of christmas or fasching.)

Ginger said...

Very, very sweet dolls, love the peg dolls and their feet are inspired! Very wonderful post! :) xxx

Dee said...

I remember making peg dolls when I was a child. They are such fun to make.
It's nice that you all got to make one in celebration of St Davids day.

miniaturista said...

Una muñeca original.
Un abrazo
Maite