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About this Workshop


The tradition of doll making can be found in many different parts of the world.  Throughout history people have been making dolls out of whatever materials they could find -- wood, wool, straw, textiles, etc. In Slavic culture, we have our own doll making traditions, and of all the dolls that are part of my culture, the ones I enjoy making the most are rag dolls.

Here in Latvia, as in other Slavic areas, rag dolls have been made for hundreds of years.  They are traditionally made out of old clothes, linen, wool, cotton and thread.  Dolls were made for children to play with or to decorate the house, but we also believe that they can have additional properties - to help fulfill a wish, to protect her owner from negative energy, to attract positive energy, and to bring good luck.

In this Workshop I will teach you the tradition of making the spring happiness bird, which is one of our traditional Slavic dolls.  We will use supplies from home to craft your bird.  In Latvia, birds are a symbol of luck and happiness, and you can often find the bird symbol used in ornaments, as clothing adornments, painted on household items, or even on pies and bread.  A happiness bird doll is a great spring decoration for your house, and in Latvia we believe that it can help bring you protection, freedom, good luck and energy.  They are often given as presents for someone that you care about.

Please note: This Workshop is recommended to ages 8+ as it requires a certain level of dexterity and the ability to make a knot.  Younger Learners will benefit from a parents helping hands.

What You'll Need

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This Workshop does not require a GLOkit.

Additional Supplies

Each Learner will need:

  • 1 or 2 18"x18" pieces of fabric (we will make 2 birds).  You may use any fabric you like, although a sturdy cotton is best.  Fabric you have a personal connection with, such as from old clothing or sheets, would be great. 
  • Stuffing to fill the bird (ie. cotton gauze, cotton balls, polyfill or wool stuffing)
  • Thread (preferably red)
  • Scissors

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Tanya LadushkaView Profile

Hi! I am Tanya. I live on a farm in Latvia.  What I love most about living on a farm is the fresh air I can breathe, the meadows I can walk, the goats I can raise, and the garden I tend to.  I also get to swim in my own pond, walk in my forest, and watch flowers growing.

In my art, I enjoy working with many different materials.  When I was a child, I used to like designing postcards. I used to felt (which means to make things out of felt) jewelry and shoes.  I've also learned how to make beeswax candles and textile dolls, and in the process, cotton and beeswax have become my favorite materials to work with.

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Fun and Informative!

by Jenny on

Tanya did a fantastic job teaching this workshop. She was so friendly and a great teacher! I really enjoyed learning about the meaning of the "spring happiness bird" as we went through the process of making it. Additionally, her English was very good. Highly recommend!

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Spring Happiness Bird from Latvia