Wow, two posts in less than a week, surely a miracle given my incredibly lax posting last year! So in the spirit of getting back to regular posting, here's my version of a sarubobo I made a while back but was too lazy to post. Sarubobo literally translated from Japanese is "baby monkey" so it's a fitting follow up post to my little monkey from last week.
If you're not familiar with sarubobo, good 'ole wikipedia says they're:
"A Japanese amulet, particularly associated with the town of Takayama
in Gifu prefecture. Sarubobos are red human-shaped dolls,
with no facial features..."
There's a bit more about how sarubobo are made by grandmothers for daughters and granddaughters as a charm for a good marriage and good children.
I used this wonderful tutorial generously provided by mairuru (who BTW sells the traditional version in her etsy shop) but I just couldn't bear to leave her faceless which led to adding the bonnet, and then the bib and hands, so she ended up more like one of my ami babies than a sarubobo. I think I used the pattern measurements in mairuru's post and my sarubobette ended up exactly 2-inches high. Go over to mairuru's site and give it a try, so easy and so fun!
PS. the wee bear's a polymer clay bear I made way back as well, don't they look good together?