Thursday, October 04, 2018

Project: Pippi Longstocking 1

My Pippi (yet to be completed) is inspired by the Pippi Långstrump books written by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, which were first published in 1945.

REFERENCE WIKIPEDIA: Pippi is red-haired, freckled, unconventional and superhumanly strong – able to lift her horse one-handed. She is playful and unpredictable. She often makes fun of unreasonable adults, especially if they are pompous and condescending. Her anger comes out in extreme cases, such as when a man ill-treats his horse. Pippi, like Peter Pan, does not want to grow up. She is the daughter of a buccaneer captain and has adventure stories to tell about that too. Her four best friends are her horse who is nameless, a monkey called Mr. Nilsson, and the neighbours' children, Tommy and Annika. Pippi's two main possessions are a suitcase full of gold coins (which she used to buy her horse) and a large chest of drawers containing various small treasures.

The first U.S. edition was published late in 1950 by The Viking Press with illustrations by Louis S. Glanzman.

My edition is more recent, it was published in the UK in 2007 and is illustrated by Lauren Child.

All the illustrations of Pippi vary from book to book, and there have even been different versions of Pippi dolls (on eBay) from time to time. However, I shall use my own imagination and a little creative licence to bring you my version of Pippi based on descriptions of her clothing in the book.

Her full name in the original book is Pippilotta Comestibles Windowshade Curlymint Ephraims daughter Longstocking. Which is quite a mouthful, I must say!

This will be an ongoing project over the coming months and I will often be so engrossed in this project I may not be here for days or weeks on end . . . but I will return, I assure you.

Big hugs,
X

19 comments:

  1. Hi Sandi,

    I'll love to see your Pippi doll, she's a funny and beautiful character. I haven't read the books, the version I remember of her are from the TV series.

    Greetings ^^

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    1. She will soon be on show Lily, though incomplete. :) I hope you like my choice of doll.
      Hugs,
      X

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  2. That sounds like a fun project, and a fun character too.
    I was crazy about Astrid Lindgren's books as a kid, might have to try to find a copy of Pippi to read again.

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    1. Oh yes Rachael, she's a fun character alright . . . very mischievous. You know I never read this book as a child and only discovered Pippi recently, but as always reading children's books are fun and relaxing for an oldie like me. :)
      Hugs,
      X

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  3. Hello there!
    Even in Swedish her name is a mouthful - Pippilotta Viktualia Rullgardina Krusmynta Efraimsdotter Långstrump. My husband is the only one in our family that know her name and can pronounce it without difficulties.
    Pippi was and is the kids favourite, have seen many episodes and read many books. My own favourite is Ronia, the Robber's Daughter.
    Enjoy the weekend and good luck with the project! Hugs!

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    1. Yes, I'm glad my name is nice and short, can you imagine purchasing things online and having to type that in each time!! LOL!
      Have read the book but have never seen the series on TV. Don't know Ronia, the Robber's Daughter . . . will have to check that one out.
      Hugs,
      X

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  4. I remember there was also an animated series about Pippi, when I was little.
    Can't wait to see how your version turns out!

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    1. I'm amazed that you guys are all aware of Pippi, I'd never even heard of her until recently. I just hope I can do her justice. :)
      Hugs,
      X

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  5. Oooh, how fun! Loved ready the Pippi history. I have always "known" about this character, but didn't really know her story. Enjoy your time working on this project. :)

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    1. Thank you Farrah, she was a recent discovery and I must say the author had a very good imagination. I can honestly say I shall enjoy creating my own version.
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      X

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  6. This is going to be a fun project! I am sure you will make the most gorgeous outfits for this character.

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    1. Thanks Sam, don't know if they will be gorgeous, but I'll do my best to make them fun. :)
      Big hugs,
      X

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  7. I love Pippi, that was one of my favourite books when I was a child. :)
    I'm really curious of your project! :)

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    1. I think she was a favourite of many of the doll bloggers Kamelia. Least most of my reader were aware of her. It will be a simple project, I'm not into complicated ones these days. :)
      Hugs,
      X

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  8. Oh can't wiat to see your Pippi doll, she is such a funny and positive character.

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    1. Thank you BB, yes she is a very funny character (in the weirdest sense) and I guess that's what I really like about her . . . she is most definitely her own person irrigardless of what others say or think.
      Hugs,X

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  9. I really look forward to seeing what you come up with...Pippi is a character that I've enjoyed seeing in various forms over the years, it'll be great to see yours :)
    xx

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    1. Thanks Sharon, I will be using descriptions of her clothing in the book to design her wardrobe, so I hope she will meet with your approval. :)
      Big hugs,
      X

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  10. I have actually never read a Pipi Longstocking book but I have seen illustrations of her and I have always loved the character concept. I'm excited to see your version of this character!

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