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Tools of the Trade: Chopsticks

When I started to write about tools in the handmade business world the very first entry I had in mind was about the tool I am covering in today’s post. For some reason I simply forgot. This week I received some great pictures by another dollmaker, Julie aka FeeVertelaine.

The cheapest and most wonderful tool in both of our dollmaking studios is most likely the chopstick stuffing tool. It’s practically free. All it takes is a visit to your favorite Chinese or Japanese restaurant and taking a pair of wooden chopsticks (preferably unused!) home.  Julie  has come up with a neat twist on her chopstick tool. Like me she  struggled for a long time stuffing dolls, hurting her hands, getting splinters from the rough end of the chopstick. Then Julie decided “no more” and altered her chopstick. She added a soft cushion made of felted wool at the blunt end of the chopstick.

Duh! How come I didn’t think of this?I love it and will definitely have to make one of my own.

Please, visit Julie’s Etsyshop here and take a look at her beautiful toys made with the help of this nifty tool.


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.

3 thoughts on “Tools of the Trade: Chopsticks

  1. Great tip! I’m definitely going to try this.

  2. hi!hi! Ulla 🙂 you are funny !! Can’t wait to see yours …I know it’s not elegant but yet my hands thanks me everytime I use this handmade “cushioned” chopstick !!! Great post, thank you <3

  3. Chopsticks are really useful not only with this but also in designing dress, hair as well as your home. By the way, I would love to see the collection of your dolls.

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