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Goddess Dolls

Six years ago I decided I needed to learn how to sew.  I was pregnant with Willow at the time and I wanted to learn how to make slings and mei tais because I couldn’t afford to buy them.  My Vovo (grandmother) is an uber seamstress, having sewn all her life, so I figured I could pick it up -no sweat.

And being the idiot I am, I decided that the most PERFECT starting project would be fairy dolls for my eldest daughter, Hannah.  (This is the part where I cried and cursed and swore and taught my children all sorts of words they shouldn’t be uttering until they reach voting age.) My fairies had bodies made out muslin.  They had looonnnggg skinny arms and legs -which were awful to try and turn right side out.  No matter what I did they would shred into bits.

A few days later I was reading through our copy of Circle Round and saw a sketch of the goddess symbol- you know the one, arms raised up, rounded pointy bottom- its everywhere!  Then I got the idea for dolls without legs to stuff…..  Goddess dolls!

I thought they’d make cool dolls for pagan people.  They’ve actually turned into adult collectibles.  Most people buy them for themselves, to decorate their home and altars.  I’ve sold them in Artemisia Botanicals in Salem, Massachusetts and several stores in Rhode Island.

Oh!  And I’ve recently set up an etsy store!

I really love making them.  And because I strive to make each doll as perfect as possible- by hand- I’ve learned all sorts of great things!  Bead work, embroidery,  pattern making, etc.  They are continuously evolving into more and more beautiful dolls.


Also, because they are handmade with love, please take into consideration the time it takes me to create a doll.  It usually takes me about three weeks to complete a doll order and put her in the post, but sometimes it takes longer- (I do have four kids) so please take that into consideration when ordering a doll from me.

I currently make two sizes:

a 7″ doll -$40.00

a 4″ doll -$20.00

If interested you can email me: jlraewrites@gmail.com

Here are some examples of my work:

*these lovelies already have been sent to their homes- this is a gallery of past work.

A fertility goddess doll.  Inside there are herbs and crystals.

A tiny 4″ fertility doll.