Spirit Dolls Awaiting Keepers
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Love from the forest, Julia + Tony + Fox
New Spirit Dolls
Plant and Fibre People
Golden Sun Eucalyptus Doll
Dressed in pure merino wool dyed eucalyptus leaves by us here in Sherbrooke Forest. her jacket has is held with fossilised shark teeth and she has antlers topped with flower buds.
Golden Sun Eucalyptus Spirit Doll
The Golden Sun Spirit Doll is a doll is dress in a shift and pure wool felt jacket that I dyed with eucalyptus leaves here in Sherbrooke Forest. Holding her jacket together and over her heart are 3 fossilised shark teeth and she wears antlers made from Snake Bark Maple topped with spring buds. Her hair is woven from softest goat fibres from a local farm from a first clipping of beloved goat herd. She is a very tall doll and full bodied with legs. She has spent some months with me in the forest over winter and is now ready to travel to her new keeper. She feels very strong and protective and also full of hope - a time to feel safe and hopeful about life again. Perhaps a doll for someone who needs to invite this feeling of safety and protection into their lives. She was made by hand with love over many many hours. May she bring strength and hope to her new home.
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Tree Folk Mother and Child
The Treefolk Mother and Child spirit dolls were created at the time of the sap rising in the tree systems here at the start of Spring in the forest.
Tree Folk Mother and Child Spirit Dolls
The Tree Folk Mother and Child follow a map of tree roots in the forest. They communicate with the tree beings and were created at the time of the sap rising at the start of Spring here in Sherbrooke Forest. They are travellers and can move across huge distances. Mother is a teacher of plant medicines and the ways of trees and her baby travels with her as she teaches and visits forest and sea communities. The baby may represent your own children, a wish or dream. She carries her dream with her. They are needlefelted from pure Flemish fleece woven with strands of linen and dyed naturally with walnuts. Inside the tree root spirals on their clothes are spiral shells we gathered by the wild Bass Coast near the Caves at Inverloch and Eagle's Nest here in Victoria, Australia. The shells have been washed smooth by the wild seas but the spiral remains.
Crow and Nettle Spirit Doll
She is a Shadow work doll with eyelashes of Nettle fibre and wears the feathers of her ally and familiar the Crow.
Crow and Nettle Shadow Work Spirit Doll
The Crow and Nettle Spirit Doll is a doll created to help bring guidance and a sense of comfort in difficult times. She is aligned to her animal familiar the Crow and works to bring light to the parts of our spirit and story in shadow. Her eyelashes are woven from a fibre made from wild Nettles and around her neck a cord of Nettle. From this cord hangs a hand blown glass water drop, a blue tear over her heart to remind herself of the healing quality of water and the power of our tears to release and allow flow of emotions. She is needlefelted from pure Australian merino wool and over her face is a blend of dark wool and nettle fibres, showing the beauty of both light and dark. Her dress and shawl are made from Flemish wool dyed naturally with walnuts and woven with linen fibres. She wears a spiral shell on her dress that we gathered by the wild Bass Coast near the Caves at Inverloch and Eagle's Nest here in Victoria, Australia. The shells have been washed smooth by the wild seas but the spiral remains.
Of Moss and Fossil Doll
Moss and eucalyptus crown from the forest and prehnite and fossil from the desert.
Of Moss and Fossil Spirit Doll
Of Moss and Fossil spirit doll is woven from fibres blended with Alpaca wool and her hair is woven from the fleece of the Finn sheep native to Finland, ancestral fibres that are worn traditionally close to the body because of it's softness. She holds a medicine bundle filled with Sage from a women's gathering inside her body and wears moss from the forest adorned with eucalyptus flowers for her crown. Over her womb is a spiral fossil and over her heart is a prehnite crystal, both found in the Australian desert. She is a guardian and teacher of the Old Ways. She has a softness and a strength and was created at the return of Spring to Sherbrooke Forest.
A Brighter Sun Spirit Doll
Created at the time of the return of the sun to the forest this Spring
A Brighter Sun Sister Spirit Doll
A Brighter Sun was created after what has been a very long and cold Winter in Sherbrooke Forest. She is a doll to help foster greater independence, self-reliance and gathering strength. She can help hold sacred space to deepen your own spiritual practice and develop creativity. In her belly is a medicine bundle filled with Sage from a women's gathering here in Australia and Fern roots from Sherbrooke Forest. She wears pure woollen fibres dyed naturally with plants and her hair is woven from a silky fibre created from pearls. She wears the horns of the Ram to help develop steadfastness and resilience and has eyes of bird feathers to assist creativity and to see from a higher perspective. She wears a smokey quartz crystal over her heart.
Nettle Mother and Child
Wrapped in fibre woven from the Nettle plant this earth worshipping Mother and Child are large and strong dolls.
Nettle Mother and Child Spirit Dolls
The Nettle Mother and Child spirit dolls are wrapped in a braid of fibre woven from Nettles. This shawl warms and protects them and keeps the connected. They are woven from local fleece and fibre with the Nettle Child's wrap needle felted from wool dyed naturally with local plants. The Nettle Mother has antlers of Snake Bark Maple and has a rare quartz crystal over her heart with red inclusions. The Mother holds a medicine bundle of herbs and flowers inside her body and the Nettle Child was created from a medicine bundle holding red resin from the Mountain Ash Tree the tallest hardwood tree in the world and tallest of the trees here in Sherbrooke Forest on a droplet of pure copper to amplify healing. The Nettle plant is their Grandmother and teacher, the Nettle Cloak is a protective and magical element, a guardian of both Moon Mother and Child.
Moon Mother Moon Child
Mother and Child spirit dolls are dressed in Icelandic fibre from the ancient Leader sheep in Iceland with a strong and protective shawl woven from the Nettle plant.
Moon Mother and Moon Child Icelandic Spirit Dolls
The Moon Mother and Child spirit dolls are woven from Icelandic fibres from the wool of the ancestral Leader sheep in Iceland. Moon Mother wears a braided shawl woven from Nettle fibres with a Moonstone over her heart. Her little Moon Child is filled with resins from the tallest trees in the forest and droplets of copper to help amplify healing. There is a protective Flourite crystal adorning the Child's wrap. Both Mother and Child were created just after the Spring Equinox here in Sherbrooke Forest when we gathered herbs and flowers. They are both linked to their Mother the Moon and aligned to the spirit of Iceland - they are strong and bright and able to thrive in cold climates. They were made to sing in the spirit of new dreams, new births. The Nettle Cloak is a protective and magical element, a guardian of both Moon Mother and Child.
Dreaming Mother and Child for the people of Mexico
The Dreaming Mother and Child dolls were created from Scottish and Icelandic fibres. Their medicine is loving the Earth back into wholeness and dreaming of the future with hope and trust.
Dreaming Mother and Child Spirit Dolls
The Dreaming Mother was made in the first days of Spring here in the forest and her child came through on the day of the Spring Equinox. Her child is wrapped in Icelandic wool and fibre and adorned with quartz aura crystal. The Dreaming Mother is dressed in fibres from Scotland that have been infused with silver, ancestral sheep from the Hebrides that live almost completely on seaweed. Over her third eye she wears a fluorite crystal. The crochet flower mandala over her heart was gifted to us from Lori at Swurly Girl Working Wool in Canada. These dolls are very special because they were created to assist the people of Mexico after the recent earthquake and we will be donating 100% of their funds to bring assistance. Inside their bodies are herbs and flowers from Sherbrooke Forest and they will also come with a very special medicine blanket of hand painted silk that I created especially for them at the Spring Equinox. Thank you for helping us to help the mothers of Mexico.
Of Moss and Stone Doll
Dressed in ancestral Scottish fibre from the Soay sheep from the Isle of St Kilda in the Outer Hebrides and moss from Sherbrooke Forest over her heart.
Of Moss and Stone - Forest Light Sister Spirit Doll
Of Moss and Stone is one of the 3 Forest Light sisters. She is dressed in fibres blended with rare and ancient sheep breed from Soay on the Isle of St Kilda in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Over her heart she wears a rare curved clear quartz crystal surrounded by moss gathered in Sherbrooke Forest. She wears a cloak of raw and wild fleece gathered in Tasmania. keeper and family.
Owl Healer Sister Doll
Dressed in a wool dyed naturally with eucalyptus, she wears a sacred stone over her heart from Isla de la Luna at Lake Titicaca in Bolivia.
Owl Healer - Forest Light Sister Spirit Doll
The Owl Healer is the second of the 3 Forest Light sisters completed at the recent full moon. She wears a felted woollen dress that was dyed naturally with native Australian plants by a gathering of women sharing ancestral crafts. She wears a woven cotton shawl and has a sacred stone over her heart from Isla de la Luna at Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. She is a healer and her ally and guide is the Owl. Inside her body is a medicine bundle of Yew Tree leaves and her body is needle felted from Australian Corriedale fleece. May she bring wisdom and clear sight to her new keeper.
Snake & Stone Grandfather
The Snake and Stone Grandfather has arrived for Spring with the Plant Mothers. Adorned with luminous white snakeskin and crystal gifted from faraway.
Snake and Stone Grandfather Spirit Doll
The Snake and Stone Grandfather is filled with flowers of the beautiful scented Daphne. He is woven from Icelandic fibres and wears the naturally shed snakeskin from a friend's luminous white snake. Over the snakeskin is a crystal gifted to us by Daughter of the Sun all the way from Hawaii. The Grandfather has gathered medicine from many lands and many ancestors. He is a special price and visitor for our Spring Sale today. May he bring guidance, peaceful transformation and grounding protection to his new keeper and family.
Scottish Adder Grandmother
She wears fibres and wool gathered near Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland and a pure wool tweed shawl from the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides.
Scottish Adder Grandmother Spirit Doll
The Scottish Adder Grandmother is a Snake spirit doll that began from wool and fibre we gathered on our journey through the Highlands of Scotland. She carries a medicine bundle of heather and herbs gathered near Fort William in her belly. The shawl is made from a scrap of pure wool tweed woven by hand in the Hebrides on the Isle of Harris. She wears the symbol of her ally and teacher the Adder on her dress. She is a Grandmother doll to help in times of shedding and release to teach the magic and wisdom of rebirth and transformation. Her hair is woven from wool blended with camel fibres. May she bring wisdom and healing and a Grandmother's love to her new keeper.
Rosehip Witch Plant Mother
The Rosehip Witch Plant Mother comes with a magic mirror of Selenite and is woven from Scottish fleece we gathered around Fort William in the Scottish Highlands last year. She is adorned with rosehips gathered in Sherbrooke Forest.
Rosehip Witch Plant Mother and her Magic Selenite Mirror Spirit Doll
The first of the Spring Plant Mothers is Rosehip. She is woven from fleece we gathered near Fort William in the Scottish Highlands last year and filled with herbs and flowers that have begun to blossom in the forest. She wears a crown of rose hips in her hair and a perfect rosebud over her heart. She brings the gifts of family, love and ancestral memory to her keeper. She comes with a beautiful and large piece of Selenite crystal - a kind of Seer's stone or magic mirror - for the Rosehip Witch Plant Mother. May she bring the magic of new growth and love to her keeper, may you see your dreams in the Selenite mirror. She was made by hand at the New Moon in Sherbrooke Forest.
Birthing Spring Plant Mother
Woven from Icelandic fibres and filled with flowers she wears a Herkimer Diamond crystal over her womb and Topaz over her third eye.
Birthing Spring Plant Mother Spirit Doll
The Birthing Spring Plant Mother is filled with herbs and flowers and pregnant with a dream and cosmic egg. She is woven from Icelandic fibres and over her belly and heart is a flower of bright silks holding a Herkimer Diamond in it's centre. Over her third eye is a Topaz crystal and she is another Faerie family member. On her back is baby that will only be shown to the doll's keeper once we have spoken about dreams and wishes the doll will hold for her new friend. Her medicine and gifts are linked to seeing beauty even in dark times and the gift and power of women to birth themselves, children and creative dreams over and over again. May she bring blessings of birthing and motherhood to her new keeper.
Woad & Nettle Faerie Doll
The Woad and Nettle Faerie is adorned with symbols and sigils applied as magical markings in wool dyed naturally with the ancient dye plant, Woad, sacred to the Celts.
The Woad and Nettle Faerie Spirit Doll
The Woad and Nettle Faerie was created in honour of the ancient Celts and their use of the dye plant Woad to not only colour fibre and textiles but to adorn and paint their bodies. The Faerie's hair is created from Ramie a plant fibre from the Nettle family. She is a wild Scottish spirit, an element doll of Fire. She feels very strong and hopeful. A passionate and helpful friend. She is filled with plants and herbs gathered near Loch Lomond in Scotland last year. May she bring blessings of fire and passion and magic to her new keeper.
Sister Wattle & Nettle Doll
A reminder of Spring is what the bright yellow fuzzy blossoms of Wattle bring to Sherbrooke Forest in August. Spring is near, the light returns after the dark. Acacia blossoms cleaning and cleansing sacred spaces.
Sister Wattle and Nettle Plant Spirit Doll
Sister Wattle was created in the Eclipse season here in Sherbrooke Forest at the time of the Acacia (Wattle) tree blossoming just before the birth of Spring. Her hair is woven from a plant fibre called Ramie of the Nettle family. She is a plant spirit doll filled with Sage and herbs and flowers gathered in Sherbrooke Forest. Her dress is adorned with brightly coloured silks another reminder of the Spring flowers that will soon return. In the centre of the silk flower she is adorned with a the stone of Labradorite. She was made by hand with love at the time Imbolc here in Sherbrooke Forest, Australia. Slowly getting ready to move forward from the dark winter into the light of the new dream.
Snakeskin & Woad Doll
A Grandmother doll dressed in wool dyed with the ancient Celtic dye plant Woad with a shield of agate over her heart and snakeskin over her belly.
Snakeskin and Woad Grandmother Spirit Doll
The Snake and Woad Grandmother is filled with herbs and plants gathered mid-year in the forest. She is needle felted from pure corriedale wool and her dress and cloak are made from fibres dyed with the ancient dye plant Woad, sacred to the Celts. Over her belly is a shield of naturally shed snakeskin and over her heart is a slice of Australian agate. Grandmother's long grey hair is raw fleece gathered in Tasmania. The Grandmother Snake and Woad has spent the Winter with us here with us in the forest teaching and sharing the wisdom of the snake and transformation. She is a special price and visitor for our Spring Sale today. May she bring wisdom, peaceful transformation and spirit of the Woad plant to her new keeper and family.
The Dreamer Plant Mother
made from fleece woven with Agave Cactus and dyed naturally with plants, she has feathers for eyelashes.
The Dreamer Spring Plant Mother Spirit Doll
The Dreamers Plant Mother is connected to all the small flowers in the forest that are making themselves known at the start of Spring. She is the Dreamer, she dreams the plants before they are seen above the grown. She is a gardener and tends to the plants and to their dreams too. She wears a beautiful quartz crystal with many points over her heart as a way to communicate with the stars. She wears the feathers of the Australian budgerigar in her hair and has feathers for eyelashes. She is a member of the faerie worlds and can shift between fae, human and plant. She is a Seer and can help to bring clear dreaming and trust in what will grow in the future. She is filled with the flowers of Daphne and plants gathered in Sherbrooke Forest. May she bring blessings of growth and strength and new blossoming to her new keeper.
Spring St John's Wort Doll
Hair woven from raw fleece gathered by hand in Tasmania and adorned with cherry blossoms. She is filled with a medicine bundle holding the ancient healing herb St. John's Wort.
Spring St John's Wort Spirit Doll
Spring St John's Wort spirit doll is adorned with blossoms appearing in the forest in the week before the arrival of Spring. She is filled with the sacred and healing herb St John's Wort a herb known to lift the spirits and assist with depression and anxiety. She is dressed in rare fibres dyed naturally with walnuts. Her hair is made from beautiful raw fleece gathered by hand by my father in Tasmania in the winter. She is a proud and strong doll, a guardian and herald of bright things to come, of movement and growth on the horizon. May she bring blessings of growth and strength and new blossoming to her new keeper.
Opal Deer Spirit Doll
Adorned with opals and fossilised shark tooth the Deer spirit doll is filled with herbs and flowers gathered in Sherbrooke Forest.
Opal Deer Spirit Doll
The Opal Deer spirit doll is adorned with opals and a fossilised shark tooth. Her dress and hair are woven with silk and she is filled with herbs and flowers gathered in Sherbrooke Forest. She has silver antlers of her animal ally and spirit the Deer and the ancient memory of the oceans held in the fossil tooth over her womb. She was made by hand with love at the time of Eclipse season here in Sherbrooke Forest, Australia. Her message and medicine is of beauty and protection. The Deer and Shark are both animal allies that use sensitivity and intuition to find the way and read the signs. May she bring blessings of intuition and ancient knowing to her new keeper.
Sister Indigo Spirit Doll
Woven from fleece and fibre dyed by hand with the ancient plant dye Indigo and adorned with pure wool tweed we gathered from the Isle of Harris in Scotland.
Sister Indigo Plant Spirit Doll
Sister Indigo is a plant spirit doll created from needlefelted fibres dyed naturally with the ancient plant dye Indigo. She wears a cape and trimmings on her dress of pure wool Tweed that we gathered from the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides of Scotland in October last years. She wears a crown of Citrine crystal and over her heart a crystal point of Smokey Quartz. She is a doll to help integration and weaving of new ideas to create balance. She wears antlers and is part of the Faerie world she shifts between human and animal and plant spirit. On her face are Indigo markings perhaps a symbol of growth and initiation. She was made by hand with love at the time of the Winter Solstice here in Sherbrooke Forest, Australia. She is a merging of ancient plant ways in a modern time wearing a shawl woven in the present with ancient Scottish techniques. Blending the old and the new.
Madder Rose Faerie Doll
Dressed head to toe in ancestral Scottish fibres of the ancient Soay sheep dyed naturally with the medieval dye plant, Madder Rose. She is a Faerie spirit and wears a sacred beaded necklace made in prayer by a sister far far away.
Madder Rose Faerie Spirit Doll
The Madder Rose Faerie doll is close to my heart. She has been on quite a journey with me over this Eclipse season of learning about healing, rest, boundaries and the power to say 'no'. Perhaps these are teachings that you are in need of and if so, I couldn't recommend a more magical companion than Madder Rose. She is a Scottish doll - filled with herbs that we gathered on our journey through the Isle of Skye in October last year and wearing Scottish fleece from head to toe from the ancient Soay sheep. I love that she looks as though she has been chewing at the Madder Rose plant too. Madder Rose is an ancient dye plant well known as one of the key colours of the medieval period. This ancient dye plant brings such a vibrancy to the doll and she became the spirit of the plant itself. Around her neck she wears a sacred medicine necklace created personally for us by a sister who creates ceremonial pieces made in prayer. This necklace seems to also mirror the red and bronze tones of the Madder Rose dye plant. Madder Rose was created in the Eclipse season here in Sherbrooke Forest as we await the birth of Spring. May she be a magical teacher for you.
Pearl and Garnet Spirit Doll
Filled with Vervain the herb of enchantment she has hair woven from a fibre made from Pearls. She wears a magical Garnet crystal over her third eye and her dress is adorned with silk and Labradorite crystals.
Pearl and Garnet Faerie Spirit Doll
The Pearl and Garnet plant spirit doll is filled with the sacred herb Vervain known as 'the enchanter's herb'. She is woven from wool we have gathered on our travels in the Highlands of Scotland and adorned with spirals of hand coloured silk at the centre of the 2 spirals are 2 labradorite crystals. She wears a magical Garnet over her third eye and her hair is made from a rare and luxurious fibre created from biodegradable cellulose fibre infused with precious Pearl powder that contains natural amino acids. The Pearl fibre is so soft that as you touch her hair the fibre softens and moisturises your hands. She wears the spiral of life over her body as a shield and portal. She was made by hand with love here in Sherbrooke Forest, Australia in the month before Spring and in the middle of the Eclipse Season - a doll to help us remember the luminous light in the dark and precious gifts of the Earth and the Sea.
My Doll Story
Dollmaker, Julia Inglis
'The craft of doll making is part of our heritage as women and our healing folklore. We remember making dolls for children, receiving dolls as spirit companions and guardians to watch over us, and as a healing vessel to focus on and hold in times when we are in need of healing.'
The spirit doll is an ancient being, familiar and beloved to many cultures around the world. Making a spirit doll is engaging in the art of healing and enchantment – to weave life and love into a creation by making something solely by hand with materials from nature. By engaging in these ancestral crafts we weave a bridge back to our own great grandmothers who I believe send blessings to us and to the doll herself before she travels on to do her work with those who need her. I am passionate about embracing and honouring these folk magic handcrafts of our grandmothers that have been forgotten or worse still, been misunderstood.
I believe my grandmothers brought this craft back to me so that I could live in the forest away from the city and continue to do healing work with people without carrying the heaviness of issues they are dealing with afterwards. Unfortunately I learnt this the hard way after experiencing exhaustion in my city practice - I kept seeing people receive the most beautiful visions of their spirits during healing sessions but they were unable to hold onto this vision afterwards. I saw that they needed to have something tangible and real, something physical to hold to remind them of how powerful and magical they truly are. Especially to hold through times of loss and fear. The doll came to me in a dream 13 years before but it wasn't until I moved to the forest 4 years ago that I sat with a friend one day to be shown how to needle felt a doll. Something huge unlocked inside me that day and within hours I was creating dolls non-stop. It was as if my hands remembered this craft so well and were so happy! I could feel my grandmothers guiding and teaching me about fleece and fibre, how to include plants that assisted with healing and where to find them in the forest.
As the time went on and I settled into my new forest home, I was creating a doll every day. And I began to notice a new theme turning up in my work with the spirit doll. Not only was I focussing on the person who I was creating for, I began to become aware of the stories of forgotten women and children in history and environments that were carrying the memory of traumatic events that took place there. I began to create dolls for the living and the dead. The strongest stories for me were of the women and children incarcerated within the Magdalene Laundries and I began by creating and leaving a doll at the old site of the laundry near my home in Melbourne, Australia to be a comfort for the spirits who may still be feeling pain there. I travelled to Ireland and left dolls for the women of the Magdalene Laundry in Dublin. I then met with survivors and created dolls for the living too. I have been called to create and leave dolls at the sites of persecution of women as healers and witches in Scotland and to gift dolls to a pauper's graveyard in London known as a the Cross Bones Graveyard.
The balance of dolls for the living and the dead seems to be the way that I give back for my spiritual inheritance. Another way is to leave dolls in nature, in the forest - sometimes as gifts to the trees and sometimes with a note to let people know that if they find this doll she is theirs - she is a free gift to them. Sometimes when people find the dolls in nature they ring me and ask if they can really keep her? I assure them that she is for them and they can't believe it - but this teaching and lesson of giving for nothing is a very important part of the teaching of the doll. Whenever I feel lacking or worried I will create one of these 'free' dolls and give her away and not long after I am aware of the lightening of my own load and strange, beautiful gifts turning up for me too.
You see something very magical happens for the doll maker. In the act of creating a spirit doll for another, we can't help but travel down that rabbit-hole like Alice in Wonderland - we cannot help but dive into the depths of our own heart. I believe that this is an important process in making spirit dolls, we also get to 'make' and heal ourselves. A kind of 'collective shadow work'. You cannot help but go inward with hand made work, there are long long hours and much repetitive movement. Like our grandmothers many moons ago caught up in the repetition of a needle going into thread, or a spinning wheel forever turning, we begin to enter a kind of dreaming-awake state. In the act of making slowly and by hand, you begin to step into a liminal space between time and hear the voice of your own spirit – the dreamer within the dream.
The spirit doll can be a mirror or a bridge to a powerful part of yourself that you might not be able to express. She is a friend and the more time you spend with this friend the more you love them. Perhaps you begin to tell the doll secrets that you hold in your heart and cannot share with others. The doll lives with you daily - through good times and bad - the doll is always accepting. And then a funny thing happens, you begin to feel the living spirit in this doll and how much love it has for you. You then recognise this love as part of your own spirit and that love for the doll begins to flow back from her to you. You see that you are also a magical, beautiful and creative being. You begin to heal yourself.