Originally, I was going to make human characters living in the drift wood house, but I kept imagining long ears sticking up from their heads, so they changed into a rabbit family. Hence the name Rabbitat (see film here). The mother and father dolls are about 4 inches tall and made with a bendable pipe-cleaner armature. The heads are made from wooden beads covered with wool felt. There’s a seam down the front of the face, under the embroidered nose.
As soon as I added front teeth, they lost their bland cuteness and took on personality, or should I say rabbitality?
Maybe I just identified with them more, having been a buck toothed child.
The faces are embroidered, with glass bead eyes.
The ears have fine wire sewn around the outside edge, so they can be bent expressively.
The baby carriage is made from this wire, which is covered with a bark-like natural material I found at a florist supply business. The wheels are acorn caps with holes drilled in the center.
I embroidered a carrot motif on the clothing.
And let’s not forget the biggest character of all — the rabbit topiary.
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