Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Matryoshka love

Before I start my post today I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who follows me and takes time to leave comments on my blog.
 
Recently I've asked some questions in my posts and the response I get is wonderful :) Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to come read my blog and leave your thoughts, I really do appreciate it so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
 
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Now, my post today is about Russian Matryoshka dolls. I love these dolls.
 
 
That's mine. My husband bought it for me from a Russian travelling ballet we saw last year. I love the way each doll nests inside the larger one and the beautiful way they are painted. I loved this one when I saw it and while there were some really ornate painted ones on sale I wanted this one. The girl who sold it to us said it was the traditional peasant dress doll.
 
Knowing I like these dolls, for my birthday earlier this month one of my friends got me a couple of matryoshka related things:
 
 
A note book and a ceramic doll which is hollow inside. When I saw the ceramic doll I thought about using it as a holder for my stitch markers but I had a bunch of sewing needles rolling around loose in my sewing drawer and they all fit perfectly so this is my new sewing needle holder:
 
 
When I saw a cute post over at Annaboo's house with a pattern to make a crochet matryoshka I knew I had to give it a try!
 
Here's my version:
 
 
 
Isn't she sweet? Look at that little face:
 
 
I had everything I needed to make the pattern and used up some stash cotton yarn and a little piece of fabric I'd bought to try and make myself a summer shirt with.
 
I tried to draw on the mouth to look like the traditional dolls one.
 
Here's my matryoshka family:
 
 
Have a great week everyone!
 
 
 
 



38 comments:

  1. Adorable, I like these little Russian dolls too and yours is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the link to the tutorial I may give it a go myself.

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  2. oh your matiroshka doll is just adorarable! I'm going over there now to see if its something I could possibly attempt too!

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  3. Elizabeth, that's a genius idea to store your needles in the doll. Genius! Your crocheted version is beyond adorable. xx

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  4. I too have these set of dolls which are wooden and painted. The one you have made is very cute!!:)

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  5. They are beautiful ... I love yours best x

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  6. que bonitas!!!un besito.maria:)

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  7. Lovely collection, Elisabeth! I didn't know that not only Russians are fond of Matryoshka, and thank God you call it this way because babushka is not quiet right name for her.
    I am being Russian, to my shame, don't have a single Matryoshka at home! I MUST buy it or crochet it now! Thanks for giving an inspirational post today :)
    Have a wonderful day ahead!
    Hugs!

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  8. Ahhhhhhhh - they are darling, aren't they? My daughter has her own collection of them - I'm constantly on the lookout in the antique stores for her. Hope your day is as happy as they look, Elisabeth! Tanya

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  9. OOh Elisabeth - when I saw your first photo it brought back memories of the Matryoshka I had as a child - the painting design is almost identical right down to the swirls on the largest and the way the flowers change shape - mine had a purple head scarf rather than pink. It must be a traditional design as mine is well over 40 years old!
    Love your crochet doll too - my friend has recently needlefelted one!
    Ali x

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  10. What a lovely collection of Russian dolls! I love the one you crocheted too, it's lovely.
    M x

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  11. Nice collection ! I have Matryoshka dolls too !
    Have a nice day too !
    Hug
    Anna

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  12. I love Russian dolls yours are just gorgeous newest gfc follower

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  13. back to tell you that you inspired me so much I made on ethis afternoon, just in the finishing stages now! will show on my blog soon!

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  14. That is great, might make one for Teacher leaving present, I was really stuck for an idea. Cheers Jo xx

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  15. Wow! I really want to make one of these, how different and cute. My daughter has these russian dolls and I always feel I need to play with them. Chel x

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  16. Oh, chica!! This is the CUTEST thing! I must make one (after this busy week). Thanks for sharing your dollie, and the link, too! xoxoxox

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  17. So cute! Matrushka dolls are a favorite here as well. Little lady loves to stack them or make a nice row with them. The link is great, I think I will give it a try!

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  18. That's quite a family growing there, a little group of loveliness :) xx

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  19. They are all so lovely - and especially the one you made, well done!
    xx

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  20. So sweet! My favorite is the one you made. She looks full of JOY in all of her pink!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  21. I love matryoshkas too! I have two real ones from Russia, given to me by a relative who goes there often for business. I just recently bought some washi tape and a rubber stamp with matryoshkas; they were so hard to find and I ended up ordering them from a seller in Japan on Etsy. I am so glad I finally found them.

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  22. They are just gorgeous. I want one! Your crocheted one is lovely too, clever you.
    Patricia x

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  23. I love your doll. And pink of course!! it's really beautiful. And what a great idea to use your hollow doll for sewing needles. They can be so fiddly at times and hard to locate. She make it much easier.
    Rosie xx

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  24. What a cute doll ... And she fits just perfect with the family :) love it .

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  25. I love Matryoshkas too. You have such a wonderful collections, and I love your crocheted one. So lovely, great work :)

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  26. I really like the idea of storing needles in one of the dolls. And your crochet doll is just lovely. x

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  27. What a beautiful collection Elisabeth! I really love the little beauty you have made and appreciate the talent and intricate workmanship that you put into her! VERY well done! Joy x

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  28. Hi Elisabeth,

    Your collection of Russian dolls is wonderful. My daughter gave me one which I love.
    Thanks for visiting me and I look forward to coming back to visit you again.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  29. I love your dolls they are gorgeous! Very clever.

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  30. I love the way your new doll has joined in with the rest.

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  31. Hello Elisabeth! Thank you for visiting my blog. I saw this on Annaboo's blog and loved it but made the dogs first. They are now posted on my blog. Your doll is so sweet and a great addition to your collection.

    Hugs from Holland ~
    Heidi

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  32. Oh Elisabeth, I think I'm really getting old *giggle*... I thought I'd written a comment already ;-). What I wanted to say: I loove your little crochet matryoshka!! So sweet ♥. And the other parts of your collection as well :-). I always love to see such pictures! I adore these little figures and have a small collection, too. Have a wonderful week!!
    xxx Nata

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  33. I have my own russian dolls from when I was a little girl, they are stored in box with my childhood things. I used to love how they all fit inside each other too! Your handmade russian doll is lovely!

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  34. Oh well done Elizabeth this doll is delightful. I really like the colours you have used as well. I'm itching to do some quick projects as I took too long over my last one.

    Many thanks for your lovely comments on my post.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  35. lovely to meet a matryoshka lover like me!!!
    Your crocheted one is adorable!
    xxx Ale

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