Today’s Artist Hands Feature was sent in by my friend Farida. Farida makes storytelling dolls that are out of this world when it comes to fine detail on her embroidery work. So make sure to check out her shop Alkelda on Etsy. Her little people are amazing!
This is what Farida said on the subject of her skilled hands:
1. The callouses obtained from playing guitar help buffer the
inevitable jabs of needlework.
2. I slammed my left thumb in a car door right before a musical
storytelling gig. Fortunately, one does not need the left thumb for
guitar. The Show Went On, and so did I. It took 9 months for a new
thumb nail to grow.
3. I learned to embroider with an embroidery book on my lap. I made
dolls for friends and family, and it was only when friends started to
ask for paid custom orders that I started to entertain the thought of
opening an online shop.
4. Favorite embroidery stitch: the twisted lattice-band, which is a
double-herringbone stitch interlaced with a contrasting thread (see
photo of Mrs. Claus).
Ulla Seckler is a dollmaker who was born and raised in Germany. She lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and two kids. You can find her Notes by a German Dollmaker on her blog where she shares some great German recipes, pictures of her sweet dolls, and life lessons learned. Don’t forget to stop by her Etsyshop and take a peek at her wonderful doll creations.