Nini doll Russian boy and girl near completion / by Jonathan Hayes

Dear Nini Friends,

It has been a busy start to the year with many hours dedicated to the creation of two new Nini dolls, numbers viii and ix, Russian boy and girl. They have proved to be the most challenging of my dolls to date in terms of the fabrics and patterns used, but I have loved learning some new skills and improving on some old ones! Faux fur fabrics, suede, faux and real leather and vintage sari silk all feature and I hope that you enjoy the results.

After casting the doll heads yesterday, today has seen the completion of the bodies and some experimentation with hair colour and styles. The boy will be crowned with a mid-brown to tie-in with his outfit whilst the girl will most likely be a wavy-haired honey-blonde. I have added a few new photographs to their gallery pages.

All being well, my Russian children should be completed in the next week or so. I will email everyone who has kindly requested to be on the mailing list first to offer them for 'adoption'. If you wish to be added to the Nini mailing list, please send me an email to

My thanks to you as always for your interest and support. Don't forget to look out for Nini doll news and updates on the Nini Doll Facebook page and on Instagram: Ninidolls.

Best wishes,