About Me

Lindsay M Starr is a beadwork and mixed media artist currently based in Nashville, TN. She spent her early childhood in Alaska, and her school age and college years in Oregon. Lindsay has a great appreciation for history, science, and nature and is consistently inspired by insects, sea life, color, and the significance of beads and beadwork throughout human history. She spends her days beading, walking at the zoo, and practicing yoga. Lindsay loves to share her knowledge and passion for beads and beadwork to hobbyists of all skill levels.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

June 2019 Art Elements Challenge - Selkies

This month has flown by in a storm of sewing.  Check out this post over at the Art Elements blog to see all the other projects I've been up to!  Since I had Sewfia all set up, I knew that sewing for the Selkie challenge this month would be the best way for me to finish a project...or maybe a few...
I started out with this pattern from CraftyKooka on Etsy.  This burgundy seal was my test of the pattern to make sure I could do with it what was in my brain... 
Once I was sure it would work, I made a second...

...and a third very special seal...

I love how they look all together!

But this is what I had to test out...Each seal is really a Selkie, so I had to make a way for the seal coat to be removed from...
The pattern for my little dolls is from MilosikiDolls.  The faces are from DollProject - I bought them when she sold them on Etsy, however they are still available in her Spoonflower shop.  They are very simple to sew up, and I hand stitched on the faces and hair.  Their wigs are made of mohair from FantasyDolls

Because one of the seals is super special, I made another doll to go along with it...

They look like they belong together!  This pairing is a gift for a very special friend that is going through a really hard time.  I thought she needed the most special, most magical Selkie ever to exist.  I still need to make a few clothes for all of the dolls and finish the hair for the other three, but can take my time with them. 

Here is how the belly pouch works!  

The seals are all under stuffed through the body intentionally, so that when the doll is zipped in they make a perfectly plump stuffed animal.  You would never guess until you unzip the pouch that a secret is hidden inside.
Please hop along to the other participants of the challenge this month!  I can't wait to see what everyone else is up to!

AE team: 


  1. Eeeek! These are too adorable. They remind me of a doll I had that was two-in-one. She didn't zip out of a seal - that would have been the best - but she could be turned sort of inside out to make a different doll. The selkie/narwhal/fairy is amazingly creative.

  2. I don't even know what to say except --how darn cute they all are!

  3. Love, Love, Love the seals! I think you captured the theme perfectly with them. And your friend is very lucky to get that very special seal and doll!

  4. What a clever design! I've enjoyed your sewing posts (it makes me want to learn to sew myself). Your seals and the matching dolls are great!

  5. They're really clever and beautifully made! I love them!

  6. I cannot even describe how wonderful these are!!! You are simply amazing! WOW!

  7. Finally I am able to catch up on commenting and blog hopping!! I am just blown away by this clever design. WOW! They are all so adorable.