Vermont
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Bonnie's Bundles Dolls

Of the artist’s 500 lifetime designs, 50 select designs are featured on our website.  Like a child, each doll has a personality of its own. Bonnie’s imagination is the secret to the magical hand-embroidered faces. Some creations have expressive real eyes while the other half of the “family” has motif eyes like rainbows, flowers, bugs, and animals. The dolls are beautifully dressed in layers of colorful calico old-fashioned outfits. Today, her small circle of friends continues to embroider and make clothing with love as she does.  Bonnie assembles, stuffs, wigs and finishes every doll herself.  Each is named, copyrighted, signed and registered. The dolls are washable, durable and guaranteed for life. They are decorative, collectible and playable. These keepsake dolls take more than a day to make. Custom designs are Bonnie’s specialty, and pure enjoyment is sewing workshops with children.

In 1974 inspired by new surroundings, blessed with her grandmother’s dressmaking skills, and gifted with an artist’s sense of color, Bonnie’s doll making hobby became a cottage craft industry with two dozen local stitchers. Her unique designs appeared in Butterick Patterns in the 1980’s, and syndicated LA Times Travel Editor, the late Jerry Hulse, spread her name across the country with lasting clarity. "Your eyes won’t believe their eyes." Bonnie is a member of the Vermont Crafts Council. She exhibits at the State of Vermont Welcome Centers. She also participates in local town events on the Village Green and town library. The dolls can be purchased exclusively from her web site, her home gallery or at a craft fair. Nearly 15,000 dolls have been made and sold in 50 years, living on in as many as four generations and in large private collections.

Contact Information

First Name: 
Bonnie
Job Title/Position: 
Doll Artist
Mailing Address: 
250 North Street
Stone Village
Chester, VT 05143
Physical Address: 
250 North Street Route 103 N Stone Village
Chester, VT 05143
Last Name: 
Watters
Phone: 
802.875.2114

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Dolls / Soft Sculpture
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - Dolls / Soft Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Year Founded: 
1968
Populations Served: 
Adults
Families
School Groups
Teens
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
State
Multi-State Region
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Vermont Crafts Council

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age