3SistersDolls

Handmade bendy dolls that fit in your pocket.

Thunder Bay, Canada | 17 Sales

3SistersDolls

Handmade bendy dolls that fit in your pocket.

Thunder Bay, Canada 17 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Announcement   The dolls come in different sizes and often will vary due to the nature of being handmade. They range in size from about 2.25 inches to over 4 inches tall.

Our dolls are handmade with love from natural products such as wool felt, cotton floss and wooden beads. Perfect for dollhouse play or to carry in your pocket. Safe for children over 3 who don't put things in their mouths.

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Last updated on Jul 7, 2017

The dolls come in different sizes and often will vary due to the nature of being handmade. They range in size from about 2.25 inches to over 4 inches tall.

Our dolls are handmade with love from natural products such as wool felt, cotton floss and wooden beads. Perfect for dollhouse play or to carry in your pocket. Safe for children over 3 who don't put things in their mouths.

Diane Ellis

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About

Multicultural dolls for a multicultural world!

I've always loved dolls. Growing up, Santa would bring me a doll every year for Christmas - until I was about 18 years old! Then he brought me a really ugly doll with a note that said that this the last doll! After my daughter was born, I had an excuse to buy dolls again and lucky (!!) for us, there was a doll shop right in our town. I was always on the lookout for dark haired dolls - my daughter is half First Nations and I had dark brown hair (now gray!). Blonde-haired dolls just didn't do it for us. My daughter's first Barbie was actually Nia, Barbie's Native American friend! And after that came Kira, Jasmine, Pocahontas.

Years ago, I was an English as a Second Language teacher and worked with kids from all over the world. For my primary students, I was always trying to find appropriate toys - mainly dolls - for my classroom, but back in the early 90's, multicultural anything was very hard to find. So my mom and I decided to make dolls and sell them to schools. We made really cute little cloth dolls that were about 8 inches tall. We made them with all different skin tones and hair colours. My mom was in charge of the doll clothes and she made some really beautiful little outfits. Each doll came with a pair of jeans and T-shirts as well as a 'traditional' outfit from their country. It was important to me that all the dolls had regular play clothes to avoid the typical stereotypes of 'multicultural' clothes. Obviously people from other countries don't walk around wearing their "national" outfits. Those outfits, if even still worn, are saved for very special events and occasions.

So - my new venture into doll making is maybe just a continuation - with about 20 years in between! Although there are many more 'multicultural' type dolls around for sale, they usually are still portrayed wearing their "traditional" clothes. First Nations dolls are usually wearing pow wow regalia and come on - who walks around in their regalia?

Three Sisters Pocket Dolls are not about stereotypes or labelling. My dolls will not be assigned a label such as First Nations, Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian. They are just dolls! They will have all different skin tones and hair colours although many do and will continue to have black or dark brown hair. (Just because I'm partial to dark hair!)

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  • Diane Ellis

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    I am a retired Elementary teacher. I made and collected dolls years ago when my daughter was young and now I finally have the time to do what I love. I also have a second Etsy store selling charms and charm items. DragonflyNorthStudio.etsy.com.

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