Feya Balabina


This little ballerina doll is my latest creation.  She is a completely original doll  that I designed myself.  She was crocheted using worsted weight acrylic yarn and baby-weight acrylic yarn (for her tutu).  I also used some sparkly tulle sewn to the under side of  her skirt to give it that lift.  She has  rose trim around her neckline, and organdy ribbons on her ballet slippers. 


The little rhinestone tiara was purchased at Coco and Toulouse Go Shopping, a sweet little store in the Sellwood/Moreland businees district in Portland.


The doll is named for famous Ballerina Feya Balabina. 

Here’s a little bio about her.

Feya Balabina was born in Rostov-on-Don in 1910. She studied at the Leningrad Choreographic School (pupil of Maria Romanova and Agrippina Vaganova). She danced with the Kirov Ballet from 1931-56 and made her debut as Tao-Hoa in The Red Poppy. Among her other roles were Masha in The Nutcracker, Kitri in Don Quixote, title role in Esmeralda, Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Zarema in The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, title role in Cinderella, the Tsar-Maiden in The Humpbacked Horse, Nikiya and Gamzatti in La Bayadere, Lise in La Fille mal Gardée, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, Jeanne in Flames of Paris, Paskuala in Laurencia and Nuné in Gayané.

Feya Balabina taught at the Vaganova School from 1953-73 and was a repetiteur with the Kirov Ballet from 1953-64.  

I hope you like my little ballerina doll.  I am writing the pattern so that I may share it with all of you doll fanciers.  I will publish it along with my other original doll pattern later on this spring. 



3 responses »

  1. She’s so cute, Kay! I love her hair, the rose trim, and of course the tiara. Thanks for adding the bio, too–it was very interesting.

    • Maureen,

      Thank you. I’m glad you like Feya. She was a lot of fun to make, and also a lot of work. But now that I’ve written a pattern I can make more. I am planning to enter this one in the Multnomah County Fair this spring. Wish me luck!

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