After the season for sorrow babushka, it was a delight to work on this commissioned dolly. The request was for a bigger babushka, kid friendly, with blues and yellows, something springy. Spring, gardens, flowers bees, ducklings, and sunshine have been on my mind, so this pleasantly plump babushka came together almost on her own.
The bee was an afterthought addition but I couldn’t bee more pleased with him. I knew this babushka is going to a home full of children, and that the mom is sure to let her kids play with this delightful dollie, so I only included sturdy stitches. No French knots for this baba, no indeed! Knowing it was for children made me all the more aware of details to add, things like the gradual transition from greens to blues along the anchoring stitches on the edge of the babushka. These sorts of things could easily go unnoticed on a babushka left on a shelf, but with inquisitive eyes absorbing the colors and little fingers tracing the bumpy trail of thread, I’m sure the tiny bits of beauty, even if not fully recognized, will surely add wholesome depth to such a treasure.
A name has completely escaped me for this bringing of Spring. What do you suggest?