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About SweaterDoll

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A wanderer now settled down homesteading and always making something

Most people wouldn't live the way I do. I live simply, with my husband, in a small, semi-rural town in the midwestern U.S. We don't have a TV or cell phones. I've never had a cell phone.

Life has been a free-spirit adventure. From the midwest, to New York City where my kids were born, to Alaska, to coastal California, the Arizona desert, and then Australia. What goes around, comes around and I ended up near where I started off in the midwest to help care for my elderly dad, an incredibly sweet man.

After he died at 91, I found the preprinted potholder I made for him when I was 7 years old. It was that potholder that started a lifetime of hand stitching anything I could get my hands on. I made my first patchwork quilt at 14, made from old clothes begged from neighbors when I ran out of fabric bits of my own. Mostly I love to do things I've never done before, like needlepointing a tea ball or knitting with white postal string. The second thing I ever knitted was a pair of socks, because I had just always wanted to do it.

Needing something to do while I waited for Australian residency (hubby is an Aussie), I started designing for magazines in both Australia and the U.S. and blogs all over the world. Because every project had to be new and unique, it satisfied my excitement at doing something I'd never done before. But I loved being featured and interviewed because I really wanted to share the joy of making something with your own two hands.

Making things is my way of going on adventures, especially now that hubby and I are settled down where we are. Although I designed patterns professionally, I always used the simplest materials to convey the pattern. I am autistic but also have dyscalculia, which is a little like dyslexia for math. The area that I can't seem to master is technology. Computer software is a mystery to me and creating via tech is practically impossible. So I use simple, old-fashioned methods. I have a second love: making plant medicines and foraging for wild edibles. You need a place to do that, so we'll stick around for awhile, homesteading and raising chickens, and hanging out with the local Amish folk.

Please enjoy the browse in my shop. My patterns are pretty simple and not very techie. I don't do techie. But I do variety so there's lots to choose from.

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  • Allison Dey

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    I love anything to do with hand stitching, needles, thread, fibers of all sorts. I design for magazines and teach hand work, mainly embroidery, rugmaking, and lucet cord spinning.

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Last updated on Mar 19, 2021
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Care instructions

Toy safety standards vary from region to region. Please check the infant and child safety requirements in your area before giving or selling a toy made using a SweaterDoll pattern. The patterns adhere to sound safety practices required of soft toys in the US and Australia.

Spot clean or hand wash finished toys and dolls made by me. They are made from cottons, linens, and wool and are filled with Australian wool fleece.

Digital files

All digital files are in PDF format and can be viewed by pdf readers such as Adobe Reader, Apple Preview, Color Sync Utility, or other standard pdf reader.

Download links are automatically generated by Etsy and sent to you with confirmation of your order. If you do not receive this link after purchase, please let me know and I can email the file to you.

Copyright and My Patterns

Copyright and use:

By purchasing a pattern, you agree not to share, upload elsewhere, or resell the pattern either as a digital download or printed pattern. You are prohibited from giving or selling any of my patterns to a magazine, blog, or book publisher. You may make items for personal use or to give as gifts or donate to charities. Permission is given to home business or cottage industry. to make and sell items using my patterns. Australian and US craft copyright protects SweaterDoll from unapproved sale of mass-produced items made from these patterns.

Postal insurance

Postal insurance is not automatically included in shipping costs. If you would like insurance added, please let me know and I will add and adjust total price accordingly.

Shipping costs for several items

Shipping charges cover both postage and packaging. If you wish to purchase two or more items, actual costs may be different from the shop calculations. Over-payments will be refunded. If additional payment is required to cover postage, I will contact you to make arrangements for additional payment.