Who are you and what do you do?
Kris Lanzillotta, AKA “Nonie” to my many “kids”. I have been making dolls and soft sculpture professionally items for over 40 years , Now my daughter, Sara, of Devout Dolls carries on the tradition, taking it even further.
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
Baby and toddler hats for winter out of corduroy and flannel in retro prints and styles.
Any new exciting news you’d like to share with our readers?
I always have new fabrics to introduce and the baby items have been inspired by my new grandbaby, Penelope Rose.
How did you get started in your business?
I made a girl’s Holly Hobbie dress set and it came with a doll to make to match. I tried it and wasn’t happy with the pattern’s version so I tried another..and another..and another.. and I was hooked on exploring fabric doll making.
Are you debuting anything new at the winter show?
I will have new Baby and toddler winter hats, hot pad mitts to match the aprons and always new fabric prints. Hostess aprons and Holiday fascinators will be back, for entertaining and party attire.
Is this a full-time business for you?
I work for a costume company, Period Corsets, and do my own business evenings and weekends.
Where do you see your business in 3 years?
I am planning on being self-employed doing my craft full time.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
I design and draft original patterns for making soft dolls in several sizes as well as patterns for dolls clothes for popular dolls like American Girl and Monster High.
What do your customers love most about your products?
My unique fabrics and trims that I select.
What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with one of your customers?
I had a woman come back as soon as the show opened on the first day, to show me the doll she had made from my pattern. She had made the simple, 18″ American Girl style doll and entirely beaded the entire doll. It was a gorgeous piece of art and I was so proud that my pattern inspired her and she saw it as a springboard for her imagination.