I have been carving wooden dolls non-stop for the past year.
I’ve been working on several series of dolls.
One of the series that has brought me great joy is my ‘Vasilisa Comfort Dolls’ group.
I call them this because of the Russian folktale, Vasilisa the Brave. Vasilisa’s mother knows that she is dying, so she makes her darling daughter a doll that embodies all the mother love in her heart.
The little doll acts as a guide and comfort for Vasilisa throughout the story.
My Vasilisa dolls are also an embodiment of love, and even though they look very simple, they are deeply heartfelt, contemplative, meditative and powerfully healing.
I have used all kinds of wood- some it is from old pianos that died and the wood was given to me, some of it is from trees that were pruned or felled because of old age, some is from old furniture or planks of upcycled wood in other forms. There is a very small amount of new bought wood, as I prefer to plant trees, rather than use them up. Upcycling soothes me.
I have separated the Vasilisa Dolls into different categories.
Many of them are meant to be held in the palm of your hand or carried in a pouch (carrying them in a pocket with coins, keys, pebbles etc is not recommended, but on their own in a pocket is fine).
Here are the ‘Square Body’ Vasilisa’s dolls
Some of them have cords, because they are necklaces.
Some have dear little wooden legs that turn them into lucets, so they can make cords.
Some of them have brass nail antennae that also allow them to be used as lucets.
Some of them have lucet cord arms that allow them to hug your finger, thumb or house plant.
Here are the ‘Heart Shape’ body Vasilisa dolls:
Here are the Round Shape Body Vasilisa Dolls:
The group of Vasilisa dolls in the photo below all have pins on their backs so they can be worn as brooches.
The group in the next photo are necklaces and I realize that some of these should have been in the Goddess photo, too, but, you know… keeping everything straight…..
The group in the photo below are all Lucets (and I’ll send a pdf on how to use them as well as links to 8 video tutorials on lucet cord making with these Vasilisa dolls)
These are the Finger Hugging Vasilisa Dolls:
These Vasilisa dolls are based on Goddess energy and inspired by Goddess imagery:
The Vasilisa dolls are great for storytelling…..
I couldn’t resist making one little Vasilisa Snowlady 🙂
They are for sale and range in price from $25 to $95 +shipping, just send me a message or note.
Not all of them are still available.
I am quite emotional about posting them, as they have been such a source of healing for me through the pandemic…. I hope that you can feel all the love in them, too. ❤