I’m not a big user of social media. I occasionally post on Facebook and check Twitter even less. But I love Instagram. Not only do I enjoy posting behind the scenes photos from Phoebe&Egg, but through Instagram I have met a lot of cool dollmakers from all over the world.
Following dollmakers can lead you to some other interesting makers. A few months ago I stumbled upon Skippity Hop Creatures. The owner Kim Sinclair-McNally designs the cutest tiny plush creatures.
Kim began designing the creatures that eventually became Skippity Hop Creatures in 2010 in her home outside of Edinburg, Scotland, when her youngest child started school.
Her creations, which include badgers, mice and pigs are small, 6 to 12 inches, but with plenty of sweet details, like little shoes, handbags, knit sweaters, scarves and pixie hats. Kim says she loves working at this scale, but a good lamp is essential because the days are short for many months of the year in Scotland.
The creatures are made from woolens and felt. Kim looks to use wool from recycled sweaters and she finds fabrics at a local recycle yard.
Kim said her creatures are more older children and adults and she designs more for display and decoration than play. However, Kim has designed for younger children in the past and is open to custom orders.
Her work can be found