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« on: April 25, 2005 10:27:08 PM »

This Russian Domovoy doll was made from pantyhose filled with polyester fiber. Felt was used for eyes. His hair was made from hemp rope. The Domovoy doll has a hand painted Russian wooden spoon and bowl in his hands. The doll's clothes are of Russian country folk style.

Domovoy in Slavic mythology, a household spirit appearing under various names and having its origin in ancestor worship. A domovoy dwells in any number of places in each home: near the oven, under the doorstep, in the hearth. He never goes out beyond the boundaries of the household.

The domovoy is the guardian of the family and its wealth, but he is partial to conscientious and hard-working people. Any displeasure the domovoy feels with the actions of its family is displayed in troubles with the farm animals or in strange knocks and grating noises in the house. These last, however, could just be the domovoy amusing himself. He can, in any case, be easily placated.

The domovoy sees to it that the various traditional proprieties are observed. He can foresee the future, and his groans and weeping or singing and jumping are interpreted as portents of evil or good. No household would consider moving to a new location without formally inviting the domovoy to join it.

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2005 10:43:54 PM »

oh wow, that is incredible. im on my father's slow computer, so when i was waiting for the picture to load i only had the description and a white space, and i didnt know what to expect of stockings. it sounded kind of lumpy. but then i saw it and was amazed! i love that its not just a doll either, that it carries all those fetishisitc properties and bits of culture with it. beautiful Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2005 11:10:14 AM »

Oh my...

I absolutely adore your doll! His nose, his feet, the cute look on his face, he's simply perfect! I'm always loved how hose dolls turn out when I'm not doing them, I can't make the faces turn out right, but you have the face making down to an art!

Heh... What a cutie...
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2005 02:46:09 PM »

How adorable and interesting!!!  You have done a great job with the sock face!
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2005 04:11:07 PM »

that is just amazing. I love it. and the story as well.

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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2005 07:29:48 PM »

Oh wow he is so cute....very interesting and such detail. I like that the story was posted with him.
Did it take long to complete?

Nice work! Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2005 08:49:03 PM »

Thank you for your nice words about my Domovoy doll.  It was my first stocking doll, and it took about 20 hours to complete this project.  A lot of details, you know.  It was worth it and fun to do.
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2005 01:12:53 PM »

Very cute, and so expressive!

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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2007 08:34:21 PM »

Oh! I'm so glad I looked at some of the older posts and found this little treasure. He's adorable, and sounds like a Brownie/Bogart that my son is reading about in the Spiderwick Chronicles. Great job. I would think he's only for show since he's made of stockings though. Too bad, because he looks so huggable!

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