Announcement Welcome to the doll world of Catinka Hinkebein! I am glad that you pass by. I hope you enjoy browsing as I do on making my dolls. If you have questions, do not hasitate to contact me
Welcome to the doll world of Catinka Hinkebein! I am glad that you pass by. I hope you enjoy browsing as I do on making my dolls. If you have questions, do not hasitate to contact me
Nina on May 14, 20225 out of 5 stars
Always gladly! I have now had a Mini me made for my godchild. Great quality, good communication and of course really good craftsmanship ❤️
Klaus on Dec 16, 20215 out of 5 stars
The recipient was really enthusiastic about her doll. CatinkaHinkebein keeps her promises. The doll was exactly as I imagined it, detailed, wonderfully processed, thank you very much for that. Quick contact, reliable delivery.
Sandra on Oct 27, 20215 out of 5 stars
Lovingly sewn and beautiful, very detailed. Just great. Thank you very much.
Michaela on Oct 9, 20215 out of 5 stars
The dolls were a gift for my parents' gold wedding. The model was the wedding picture of my parents at that time. Dolls unpacked... my parents in small format, wonderful. It doesn't get any better than that. My parents also recognized each other immediately and were thrilled. Everything best quality great. Expectation was exceeded.
Anke Lüdorf-Mellmann on Sep 19, 20215 out of 5 stars
It doesn't get any better than that. The doll is absolutely great. 1000 thanks.
Stephan on Sep 2, 20215 out of 5 stars
Nice gift idea. Made with much more attention to detail. Thank you.
Simone on Aug 24, 20215 out of 5 stars
Perfect. I love our grandma doll.
orichterberlin on Aug 16, 20215 out of 5 stars
Dear Catinka Hinkebein, thank you very much for this masterpiece. Every time I look at the doll I don't see a doll but MY husband. Not only is it wonderfully sewn in all the loving details, you have also managed to give it a soul. I would never have thought that possible.
After a black year for us, as my husband is seriously ill, I was not sure for a long time whether this gift was the right one for him or us. I was wrong. Now she is part of the family, as a comforter when dad is not there or as a silent observer or in the middle of the game or heart.
Catinka Hinkebein and how it all began
I have always liked sewing very much and also started early on. That must be in my blood, because my great-grandmother had her own tailor's shop and my grandma taught me how to sew. The first time I sat at a sewing machine, I was on her lap. Grandma kicked the pedal and I guided the fabric. We sewed with an old pedal sewing machine at that time and I didn't get along well with it at all. I preferred to sew everything by hand. The machine rattled far too fast for me. If I carried the needle, I at least knew where it was going. So for years I sewed only with needle and thread, so properly by hand. I sewed what you sew as a teenager, but mainly bags.
When I sewed my first doll, I don't remember exactly. At some point I felt like creating something 3-dimensional. A doll was the closest. I thought that you would have to sew dolls that, far away from Barbie and Co., absolutely do not correspond to any ideal of beauty. So my first dolls had thick butts, breasts of different sizes or hips much too wide.
Creating such a creature out of fabric was a lot of fun for me and so I sewed dolls over dolls, but had no use for it. And they looked pretty stupid at the time. I sewed them all by hand. But I gained a lot of know-how about doll sewing.
A friend then asked me one day if I could sew a doll for his niece. And that was, so to speak, the prototype of my current dolls, and also the first doll for which I got money. Since this doll was so well received and I had already fallen for the doll sewing addiction, I dared to approach the sewing machine again and finally taught myself how to sew there autodidactically. Nowadays I absolutely do not want to do without my sewing machine. With her I have traveled hundreds of dolls created.
Nevertheless, I still embroider the faces of my dolls with my hand. I can't be dissuaded from that either. Hand-embroidered faces are simply far more beautiful and vivid than machine-embroidered ones. I like to invest more time in that.
In 2008 I opened my first shop and sold my dolls with good success. I created many hundreds of little creatures, both girl and boy dolls with cool retro outfits and great colorful designs.
In the end, it was several customers who expressed the desire for a doll that looked like their own husband, daughter or himself or herself. So I used the face and body of my dolls as a kind of stereotype. Body size, shape and face remained the same for each doll. Through the individual adaptation of eye and hair color, hairstyle, clothing and personal identifying features, however, very own characters were created, which have a striking resemblance to their human role models. The time of the Mini Me's began. Today I sew almost exclusively portrait dolls and I am extremely happy about the development of my label. I love sitting at the sewing machine and creating a little personality bit by bit. Then I really get into the flow. It is also great that every doll is different and thus my work remains exciting and always offers new challenges. I almost never stop learning. But the best thing is that in the end I always hold a finished being in my hands, which also tells me a bit about my clientele and brings them closer to me.
Inhaber, Hersteller, Designer
Hello! I am Catinka, 42 years young, Berliner and mom of 2 sons. Catinka Hinkebein is my baby, to whom I dedicate myself whenever I find time. If I can sit at my sewing machine, then I am happy and completely in my element.
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