Well, believe it or not but there were thousands of different types of dolls I hadn't made and one of them was a beaded goddess art doll. Either with a clay face or with a cloth face.
I had been wanting to make one for quite some time. The problem was - lack of time. So, I thought that maybe if the bodies were already made then I could just embellish the rest. Maybe?
So, when I saw that Monica Magness of "Girl Gone Thread Wild" blog had a batch of 10 small goddess art forms for beading, painting & altering for sale on her GirlGoneThreadWild Etsy shop I decided to buy them! The doll bodies were between 4"-6" tall in size of various colors.
The question became how I should I finish them? Some of the "goddess dolls" that I had seen were either faceless (which is fine with me) or had cloth faces, clay faces, had sun or moon faces, even beaded faces. Some of the face shapes were round or oval, some were square, and some were triangles. I hadn't quite decided what kind of face I wanted to try but I wanted to be prepared.
I also needed to decide whether they should have hair or no hair. Headdress or no headdress? I knew I wanted my "goddess dolls" to have beaded decorations along their bodies or in their clothes so I decided to visit my local craft stores to see what they had. I was expecting a little section of beads. Au Contraire! Make that ROWS and ROWS of beads. Aisles and aisles of beads. So many so that it was almost impossible to decide.
Should they be round? Should they be flat? Should there be a combination of the two? Should they be large, small, or medium in size? What color? Solid or multi-colored? Shiny or not? And on and on it went!
Obviously, this was not going to be as easy as I had thought. I really hadn't thought this through and should have tried to design what I wanted my goddess dolls to look like before I attempted to by the beads. Should they be traditional mixed media art dolls or should I make them a little different? Maybe they shouldn't even have beads? But, I really want to try beading as the dolls I've seen are just so beautiful. Time consuming to make, but beautiful.
In any event, I bought several different colors and sizes of beads and because I like to be organized I also bought some containers to house my beads. Can't have them falling all over the floor. That would not be good!
So, I had my goddess doll forms, hair, beads and embellishments. Since I just love history I decided to do a little research on the Internet on "goddess dolls" also known as healing dolls and spirit dolls and ended up writing two blog posts on this:
My goddess doll adventure started in 2009 and didn't end until September of 2015 when I finally had a chance to make them and wrote about them in my blog post entitled "Update To My Goddess Doll Adventure - After Seven Years They Finally Came Into Being."
A couple of weeks after I finally made them I decided to see if there was any more information out there on them so you could make one of your own and wrote a blog post entitled "A Little More Information on Making Goddess, Spirit and Healing Dolls Of Your Own."
Since then I decided to create a Goddess Pinterest board for all the wonderful tutorials, patterns and how-to's I've found on Goddess dolls.
No matter what type of goddess, spirit or healing doll you choose to make they all promote aspects of femininity, humanity, spirituality, compassion, humility, healing power, beauty, love, wisdom, peace, passion, truth, strength, intuition, fulfillment and empowerment. The goddess is seen embracing all aspects of life, all seasons, and all natural elements and goddess dolls represent all of her various aspects.
Today's "goddess dolls" are there to share your hopes, dreams, and listen to your fears. They provide comfort and solace in your time of need. They provide you with the strength you need to face the challengers in your life and empower you to succeed. To release your own "inner goddess." They are lovingly made and given out of heartfelt love from one human being to another. They offer nothing more than love, compassion, understanding, and peace.
I have a goddess doll obsession and want to learn everything about them. I hope you enjoy the tutorials, video's, patterns and how-to's I've found.
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