There are a lot of Japanese dolls I could make, but this one lent itself to my very cute (kawaii) theme. This is a “teru teru bezu” doll. These are made from cloth and given a little drawn-on face and hung much like Halloween ghosts. They are supposed to ward off rain. My little teru teru bezu is soooo cute! He’s a bit dimensional, as his head is stuffed and raised up a bit. I had a great time making him on the plane to San Diego.
I have a lot of pages in my notebook dedicated to Kokeshi designs. They are so cute and easy to do with their legless, armless body. It’s all about the head and hair with these dolls. I almost made her a “Cute but Evil” doll, but that was not the theme. I also firmly decided that the beautiful soft yellow chrysanthemum batik (of which I only have a fat quarter) would be the background for all this month’s themed quilts. It’s so pretty.
What Japanese doll theme would be complete without Hina Matsuri dolls? This set of dolls of the emperor and empress are brought out for Girl’s day in Japan. I could not find a “kawaii” or “cute” version, so I was on my own for this one. After a few sketches, I found a design I liked. I added sleeves to the emperor because he looked like a shmoo otherwise.