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Please Note: These dolls have sold! I can make you a new set, but there will be as long as 3-4 week delay for me to make them for you. The girl doll easily takes me 8 hours.... Let me know if you want them by a specific date, and I will see if I can work with your time frame.

These 5 sweet Matryoshka-style "stacking" Sailor dolls look like they nest inside one another, but they do not! They are meant to sit alongside one another, looking fantastically cute. They will bring a bright sunshiny smile wherever they go.

These dolls are 100% handmade by me (Val), by needle felting locally sourced wool roving together with special barbed needles. They are solid wool, very detailed, and a labor of love to create. The largest dolls took me anywhere from 6-8 hours EACH to complete, and the entire set approximately 18 hours. This is the only set I have made of these dolls, they are a completely unique, one-of-a-kind set. Recreating this set will mean they might look slightly different but will be every bit as splendid. Please note: these dolls are art dolls, and meant to be handled with love and care. Not suitable for child's play.

The 5th picture shows the dolls in the very beginning state. I begin working with loose wool fiber, and working with a single needle felting needle, I work the wool all over the piece to felt and shape it. You can see how much smaller the shape gets as it is gradually worked over.

You may purchase just one doll, or create your own set. If you prefer specific changes (color, sizes, etc) please convo me to work out the details.

The dolls measure these approximate sizes:
Largest Man doll: 3 1/4" tall x 2" diameter
Next Mom doll: 3" tall x 2" diameter
Med Boy doll: 2 1/2" tall x 1 3/4" diameter
Dog Doll: 2" tall x 1 1/2" diameter
Seagull Doll: 1 1/2" tall x 1" diameter

*Please Note: Display the dolls away from direct sunlight so as to discourage fading.

Would you like to learn how to create your own needle felted characters, just like this one? You are in luck! I have just launched my first ever online e-courses called Hello Felt. Please visit this listing: http://etsy.me/1W0LWDu to learn how you can sign up for the 3-D needle felting class. In this course, we make an adorable Mr. Fox .... He's Super CUTE! More info can be found here: http://valsartstudio.squarespace.com/hello-felt.

Thanks ever so much for visiting my shop and for supporting H a n d m a d e!

Frequently asked questions about ValsArtStudio

Yes, during certain times of the year. I can only take a certain number of custom orders during the holiday gift-giving season, so please place your order early so we can assure you will receive it in time. Convo me and I am happy to answer any questions you have :o)
My items are created by hand in my smoke free and hypo-allergenic pet environment. I wash all my fabrics prior to construction. I make my items using the technique of needle felting using loose wool fiber. You may carefully hand wash and air dry your item, but please DO NOT machine wash or dry, or you will risk ruining the needle felted portion of the art, as well as shrinking the fabric. Dry cleaning is also recommended. Every item comes with care instructions on the tag.
Most every item in my shop will come wrapped in tissue, tied with a bow, with my shop's business card inserted under the bow. It makes for a perfect ready-to-give gift. If you desire something special, or want me to include a hand written note, I am happy to do so. Please leave me a note in the "message to seller" box during check out.
Yes! Certain items in my shop are available for wholesale. I am an Etsy Wholesale seller. Send me a convo and I will be happy to forward you my line sheet. And thanks for asking!

Needle Felted Nested Sailor Doll Family, Build Your Own Set, Handmade by Val's Art Studio, Felt Nesting Dolls, Nesting Doll Family


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  • Materials: core wool, wool roving
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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