Cloth Dolls by April Cornell

Arpil Cornell,the person and the store named after her, is originally from Canada. She has lived a third of her life overseas and traveled the world for more than 30 years. Her design inspirations combine locations like Paris, India, Portugal, Hong Kong and British Columbia. As stated by April, “I get much of my inspiration and style from observing how other people are living and what they are feeling in cities and towns around the globe.” I really like that she uses ideas from flowers, leaves and birds as a recurring motif in all elements of her merchandise and designs.

There are actually quite a few April Cornell shops in the U.S. Her shop has a very romantic and girlie theme, imagine lots of floral curtains and British tea. There are some pretty dresses from her line, but they are a bit too romantic for me. But what I do like are the little girl cloth dolls. They look very crafty and has a nostalgic feel to them.


The dark hair cutie is Vicky and her cat Micky. A little story about them, “Micky and I like to curl up together and read a book. I tell Micky stories and he purrs and purrs and purrs. I think Micky likes my stories.” She has a crazy head of black yarn for hair and her dress looks nice.  Retails from $18 – $24.


And it you don’t have a preference for any particular doll, but want to make a little donation this Christmas, you can purchase “The Giving World” doll for $19. I know it’s always nice to support your local friendly crafter, but profits from this doll sale goes to a good place too. April Cornell dedicates many projects for women and children, the old and the disadvantaged. April Cornell and The Giving World Foundation says, “Thank you for supporting the Giving World Foundation with your purchase.” Maybe a grown up would appreciate this gift as well. Happy Holidays!


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  1. Gina said

    This would make a great gift for a little girl, I especially like Vicky and her cat Micky, my youngest sister used to have one similar to this that she called Mum, named after a little girl that she knew.

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