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|Hasenpfeffer Incorporated create unique little people with upcycled materials and intricate details (like free-form knit sweaters and hats). Each creation is a work of art with a personality all of his or her own.|
Today Hasenpfeffer Incorporated is giving away a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted doll! You can see a detail of her face in the Hasenpfeffer photo stream. Comment today for your chance to win!
All about Hasenpfeffer Incorporated from the Hasenpfeffer team: When we set out to make something we didn’t necessarily intend to make dolls. In fact, we didn’t even set out to make anything particular; we just wanted to use the perfectly good things that other people threw away. And we found a lot of beautiful fabric locked up in ugly, discarded clothes.
We do a number of things to do these liberated fabrics justice. We created patterns unique like the materials. We could’ve gotten away with single stitches and the occasional reinforcement but we felt the second and third runs with the machine were effortless compared to the strength they gave our seams. Durability brings with it exposure, and to make them machine washable we stuff them with a hypoallergenic fiberfill. And just when we think we can’t get another pinch in there, we pack another two or three just for good measure.
The enthusiasm Hasenpfeffer Incorporated creator Daniela Shelton is infectious; within no time her mother, Ursula, started combing thrift stores in her native Switzerland for bits of yarn left over from knitting projects. That she knits entirely freehand means no two outfits are exact; that her supply changes daily ensures it.
And from that preservation instinct a veritable army of critters sprang forth: boys, girls, bears, cats, dogs—our aversion to throw away even the smallest scraps inspired one of our most popular items, a sort of abstracted, touchy-feely doll. Sure, demand means we have to use prime fabrics; however, we’ve used it as an opportunity to patronize vendors who deal in environmentally friendly stock and others who buy closeouts, dead stock, and the bits and tailings deemed untouchable by commercial retailers.
That the tweed from an old coat or the plaid twill from a pair of golf pants took on new life as a cheeky bear was almost secondary; the important part was that we prevented good fabric—beautiful fabric from textile mills that no longer exist—from going into landfills. That our creations find welcome homes in a child’s arms means they’ll stay out of landfills for a long time coming.