Spirit Muse Doll 2016

WIP beginning on my Spirit Muse Doll for 2016.  I made a couple of dolls to act as spirit muses last year and I wanted the tradition to continue. Spirit dolls have powerful energy for me.  The come from a place that is primal and their presence is a reminder to make room for my creative energy to flow.  I display them prominently in the studio on my art mantel so I see them every day. Creating a doll is an intuitive meditation practice for me.  I don’t feel hampered by any constraints, they don’t even have to resemble human form, although in this case she is a torso.  A rather big torso(17″ tall x 15″ wide) in the primitive stump doll tradition.  She is weighted with dried beans to give her some heft as well.  I won’t miss her looking over at me.


She’s constructed of some leftover linen I had eco dyed with sumac in the summer and my textile sandwich of leftovers I explain below.


Her “face” is formed from leftover threads, yarns and snippets of vintage fabric and felted wools I’ve formed into a stitched textile sandwich using cheesecloth or scrim as an aid.  Further hand stitching through the piece and along the edges forms a curled edging which I find quite pleasing as you can see below in the next photo.


Hand stitching with variegated cotton thread begins to cover the seams and a batik piece forms her base.


I’m auditioning possible embellishment materials, although since she is a work in progress, that could all change.


I will have to wait and see what she has to say.


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Linking her to Carolyn Dube’s “Rediscover How to  Play 2016“, great energy going on over there.



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13 Responses to “Spirit Muse Doll 2016”

  1. froebelsternchen January 6, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

    She is fantastic!

  2. Patty's Magpie Nest January 6, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

    What a wonderful and special muse to have by your side!

  3. Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith January 6, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    Fascinating! I’m curious to see how she develops.

  4. Joanne Ross January 7, 2016 at 3:48 am #

    Looks lovely, I hope to see the finished project.

  5. Piarom January 7, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    She is so absolutely inspiring! Can´t wait so see her fully alive 🙂

  6. Erika n January 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

    I can’t wait to see what she decides she is. I love your mantel of spirit muses. She’ll be a great addition .

  7. sheila 77 January 8, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    Very much a Corrine doll.
    I can quite see that she might have a lot to say about her choice of embellishments.

  8. Carolyn Dube January 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

    She’s just the muse I’d expect watching over you- she’s fabulous! Your leftover sandwich is scrumptious!

    • Dorthe January 8, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

      She is wonderful, Corrine, the head back so rich in colors and texture, and yes the curled edge is so lovely – I also love the stitching with different threads !!
      The torso stands so realistic in form !!

  9. Valerie-Jael January 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    She is gorgeous. What is sumac? Happy weekend, hugs, Valerie

  10. denthe January 8, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

    Wonderful idea to make a spirit muse doll! I like what you did so far! That textile sandwich looks like fun 🙂

  11. Jill Holmes January 9, 2016 at 12:10 am #

    Very nice, Corrine! It will be fun to see where this one goes…

  12. Kat January 10, 2016 at 5:55 am #

    Wonderfully creative with all these lovely threads Corrine, I can well imagine how relaxing and restorative this process must be!

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