“Hello, I’m Kate.
I’ve been creating dolls for a number years now and am lucky enough to sell them all over the world. Here's my story ...
Early in my career I worked in the advertising industry, eventually, I started my own. It was fast paced with long hours, and I was often burdened with stress caused by continuous deadlines.
Eventually my two daughters were born and I began to wonder if there was a way to balance having a job and be present in the lives of my children?
While on maternity, I decided to create something that my daughter could use and like. I wanted to make something that could become a memento of their childhood. Thinking back on my own mementos, I only have a rotten old cuddly teddy bear to draw upon!
So I decided create a doll. This came mainly because I couldn't find any ready-made dolls that I liked. Everywhere I looked I found dolls that were mass produced and very similar to each other and it bothered me that they were plastic.
I wanted to make a doll that was safe, rag, pleasant to the touch, yet modern at the same time. I also realised I preferred the Waldorf (also known as Steiner) style of dolls. The doll's appearance is intentionally simple in order to allow children to develop their imagination and creative play.
After many days of sewing, my first doll was created and the truth is, it was terrible, but at least the kids liked it!
For me, sewing a doll was calming and drove away thoughts of returning to my old job in the advertising industry. So I began to sew more and more and began to find it more interesting and fun and I was able to improve my skills (and my dolls).
My husband published their photos on his fan page on Facebook and it turned out that his friends liked the dolls. Unexpectedly, orders started to flow in and the people I made the dolls passed showed their friends.
I started sewing dolls in mid-2016, and since 2019 I have been here creating Lullu Dolls. When I started my adventure I didn't think after just 4 years I would be sewing dolls for recipients from all over the world. That collectors will ask when I will publish another completely new doll to be able to buy it. It all still sounds like a strange dream to me!
Thank you very much for this adventure and the chance to realise a completely new chapter in my life. I hope that the dolls I make will be for you what this messy bear is for me. I also hope that, knowing my story, you will believe that each of my dolls has a piece of my heart that I put into its sewing.