I'm posting some pictures of female totems I make. They have changed and evolved over the years, beginning as "Audacious Women" with words of empowerment. "Audacious" is what my mother used to call me whenever I wandered outside of appropiate female behavior or her own personal comfort zone. This stage of change for them opened up to include all sorts of messages (love, hope,etc.) and/or made specifically for someone with her own personal message.
They range in size from about six to nine inches tall and a number of different shapes and different types and colors (just like us). Each doll is different...fabric, beads, yarns, threads, ribbons,etc. I machine sew the fabric outline together, turn inside out, and stuff. The hair is also added at this point. I begin to hand embroider and bead, maybe a pattern or images I drew on, or I may follow designs on the fabric. The word or words are made of flat alphabet beads and are attached before any of the other outer work is begun. I add a small loop on the back so it can be hung up if wanted.