Motanka - Traditional Slavic doll-amulet. Motanki gets (“turns”) from the remnants of materials - once done it with old clothes, now choose colorful, bright cloth to the dolls. These dolls are unique - you can “them” fully know the history of the Slavic eg . family relationships. They serve to bring good luck or fulfill wishes. Don’t use sharp objects to make them. Don’t make them face, because they could steal your soul.
I’m working on a piece now inspired by St. Brighid/Imbolc/Candlmas/Groundhog’s day—a bulb plant (in my part of the world a daffodil) emerging from the snow. Right now I’m tossing around the idea of using it as a dress for a St. Brighid inspired motanka doll
The two patterns I’m using are both from a 1927 German embroidery booklet (you will find the patterns and many more from the booklet on my tumblr if you go to my page and click on patterns and stitches under the title).
Inspired by this post yesterday: http://petitepointplace.tumblr.com/image/65493898970 here is a bit on how to make these Ukrainian dolls. http://soloveimagazine.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/motanky.pdf As you can see their costumes can be quite intricately embroidered too. http://www.pinterest.com/patricinha2/motanka-mотанки-ukrainian-dolls/
We’ve been in the middle of a relocation the last month and a half and I lost my battery charger during that time … thus the lack of personal project photos. I finished this St. Bighid motanka doll on time for Imbolc but never put a picture of her up–until now!