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Russian Nesting Doll- Matryoshka Doll

Matryoshka dolls or Russian nesting dolls are made from a single block of wood.  
The first set was made in 1890 inspired by the Japanese Seven Lucky Gods- 
These dolls are common in many Eastern European countries.  I grew up playing with a couple of mini sets that I still have.  When I was in Russian I bought myself a set of The Beatles dolls and enjoy displaying them.

I decided to make this shirt for myself and used a similar technique to the 
Mola Design we did a few weeks ago-



I used this box from Poland as inspiration for my design.




Because of the hood on the back of the shirt I like to think of it as my secret matryoshka-

24 comments:

Claire Kiefer said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE these! I'm impressed by your craftiness and that box from Poland is lovely. You're so artistic!

Claire Kiefer said...

Oh and Heather and baby are healthy. :) She had to have a C-section so her recovery has been longer than expected but both are doing fine and he is precious. Thanks for asking!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

very clever and quite cute!

la petite coquine said...

Oh, I absolutely love this! How sweet!

ag. said...

That's awesome! My sister collects matryoshkas so whenever I travel I am always on the lookout for them.

Mama Gone Green said...

That came out great! I have a set of nesting dolls that a friend brought me from Siberia a while back. They are so sweet...

Grace said...

How cute is THAT?

Krystal said...

those are the cutest! my friend just got some measuring cups that are decorated as these, they are really fun :)

mermaid gallery said...

love the simplicity and the results!

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet ren, i am a huge fan of these gorgeous dolls. Your tee is soo adorable and it turned out gorgeous! So happy to be back after the holidays! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

Clair said...

A very nice embellishment to your jacket. I especially like the design and colors you chose. I also like the doll's expression.
You always come up with great crafting ideas.
Clair

Anonymous said...

I was not aware that the first set was made in 1890, I thought that
they had been around forever. I have seen sets that range in price from a few dollars to thousands of $$$. Yours is so cute. Thanks for sharing.
Lorain

a new girl in vienna said...

ha, cool!
i've always wanted a set of the dolls... hopefully one day!

anushka said...

this is adorable! i love matryoshka dolls...

Mo Pie, Please said...

You are so creative!! This is amazing! Have a great weekend!

drollgirl said...

very cute!!!

arianne said...

Very clever. I love matryoshaka dolls. Ours came from a thrift store. This is a great idea for using their great graphic image.

Kate said...

I have seen these dolls in stores and magazines. Lined up in a row they all have different expressions on their faces. Cute, just like your doll. Have a good weekend.
Kate

Diana Mieczan said...

What a brilliant idea and I love that box:) You did such a great job! Well done, my dear
Kisses

Dancing Branflake said...

Wow! You are so talented!

BALLET NEWS said...

LOVE everything about these. How clever.

Happy week to you !

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

How sweet & how creative!
Have a lovely Valentines day!

Ashleigh said...

Shut it! I adore it!!
My husband is Russian & I'm obsessed with these cute little dolls. Dying to try this!

Sheila said...

Hi Ren, Thanks for sharing this link with me! I love the idea of putting a matryoshka on a T-shirt.

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