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Little Prince Flip Doll

Thanks to a customer commission, we have a new doll: The Little Prince!  The one shown has gone to a new home, but I still have the pattern I designed, should someone else like to order one.  The other two photos show the dolls I have on hand.  Sadly, we won’t be doing the South of the James Market this summer due to other time demands.  However, if you would like to purchase some of our dolls or creatures, send an email, text, or call!  See the contact tab for numbers and address.


Wee Doll & Tin Bed

bwee doll cover collage
Beautiful sunshine and mild temps here today for the first day of February! Usually around this time of the year I’m starting on inventory to sell at the South of the James Market starting in May. However, I’m cutting back on selling dolls and moving toward creating patterns for them. Here’s my most recent, that I’ll be demoing for my quilt chapter this Wednesday: Wee Doll and her Tin Bed! These sold faster than I could make them last summer.

First stripes of fabric are sewn together and then the doll pattern is stitched around. Cutting and stuffing follow, then hair and face. Templates are included for the inside top and bottom of an Altoids size tin, as well as for the small felt blanket and pillow. Complete instructions are provided.

If you’re interested in a copy of the pattern, let me know and we’ll work out payment and delivery. Stay warm!

Dragons and Rabbits

Yes, I do still blog – tho a bit sporatically! Today’s post is about these new creatures that will be with me at the South of the James Market on Saturday. The dragons are the same pattern you’ve seen here before; the rabbits have different eyes. I’m experimenting with felt, for those who worry a young child might be at risk with button versions. I used the alpha characters on my lovely Babylock Symphony sewing machine to embroider ‘O’s on felt which I then cut out and stitched on for eyes! We’ll see what folks think of them this Saturday. Hope to see you in Forest Hill Park, 8 til Noon.

Teaching Textiles, and Christmas Market


I had a great time teaching a textile class to my sister’s drawing class in October! She did a two week project with them, and I was privileged to assist on four days the first week. Each high school student designed their own 8″ image, then created it in fabric on a colored 12″ felt backing. Of the 45 kids, maybe one or two had done any previous hand stitching. At the end of the fortnight there were 45 amazingly original, colorful, and fun creations, and 45 very pleased kids! Did I mention we were dealing with a class of 45?! I can’t believe how attentive they were!

So that’ the first photo above – me and my dear sister and fellow Dan Springer,  Donna Mercer. The other pictures are new dolls and creatures that will be with me tomorrow at the Covenant Woods Christmas Market – noon til 7 pm. Grab your winter coat and come on by!

To Market, To Market!

Tomorrow is the next to last day that Dan Springs Collection will be at the South of the James Market in Forest Hill Park – hope you can come by! We’ve had two new items added since my last post here. The first is the excellent doll bed crafted by my amazing brother! It’s sized for the pocket dolls and flip dolls and comes in several colors, with or without bedding. The second is the Goldilocks and the Three Bears flip doll! This makes three story dolls that we offer, along with Red Riding Hood and Alice and the White Rabbit. You can see photos of the last two in earlier posts.

The 5 1/2″ small doll has been our best seller this summer, and in response to a request early this year I’ve drafted a pattern.  It’s available at our Market stall, and also from Marty Moon of Early Times Workshop.  The little dolls are good accompaniments to the quilt pattern by Karen Dumont of Karie Patch, Pick a Pocket…or Two!

Happy Autumn to all of you (in the northern hemisphere!)!

Mermaids are Back!

New Mermaids and Pocket Dolls

New Mermaids and Pocket Dolls

It’s a rainy day here in central Virginia – perfect for finishing up more dolls and creatures for the opening day of summer market at South of the James!  I didn’t get any mermaid dolls made last summer, but I’ve a pod of them ready for Saturday!  The tail slips off or on their little striped legs.  The latest pocket dolls have striped socks, and shoes as well.

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Christmas Market Tomorrow!

Yep, tomorrow, Friday November 8th, is the Covenant Woods Christmas Market!  Dan Springs Collection will be there with our dolls and fabric creatures for your shopping pleasure!  Come on out – here’s the scoop:

Covenant Woods Christmas Market – Friday, November 9th:  12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Covenant Woods’ Multi-purpose Center,   7090 Covenant Woods Drive, Mechanicsville 23111

The Market will feature 24 local artists, crafters, shops and restaurants. From glass-fused jewelry to handcrafted pens, clothing, on-site engraving, fabric dolls, vintage furniture and delicious food, all who attend will have a wonderful opportunity to shop for holiday gifts while supporting seniors as Market vendors will donate a portion of their profits to the Holmes Fund. A raffle will also be available.

The Covenant Woods’ Raymond T. Holmes, Jr. Community Service Fund serves seniors in the greater Richmond community. In the past year, over 600 seniors benefited from free transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store; scholarships were provided for driver safety courses, continuing education and respite care for those living with Alzheimer’s.

This event is free and open to the public!