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A Rod of Asclepius with a friendly embracing snake, in hopes of healing.

Rod of Asclepius embroidery artwork by Suzanne Forbes completed Sept 2021The Rod or Staff of Asclepius is a symbol of medicine and healing.

A snake twines around a wooden staff, borne by Asclepius. The Greek god Asclepius was sacred to physicians; his daughters include Hygieia, Panacea, Aceso and Iaso, all associated with healing and recuperation.

In Germany, you see the Rod of Asclepius everywhere on medical facilities. Our doctor has a logo that uses the Berliner Fernsehturm (TV tower) as the rod!

The Caduceus, with two snakes, is often used instead, mistakenly.

Rod of Asclepius embroidery artwork by Suzanne Forbes Sept 2021This is the first snake embroidery I‘ve ever made!

Sewn with love and attention and hope for healing onto deaths-head moth and roses velvet fabric from a Killstar dress I bought to cut up and make creepy things from 🙂

Rod of Asclepius embroidery artwork by Suzanne Forbes Sept 2021 detail

A dollhouse maid upgrade for the Beetlejuice fashion revival!

Six inch scale dollhouse maid Beetlejuice custom by Suzanne ForbesTim Burton stripes are back, big time, and I’m also in love with bustles again!

Not that I ever stopped loving the bustle silhouette, but wow I am suddenly so excited to wear it and draw it and see it again. The goth and burner fashions of San Francisco in the Oughts were absolutely marvelous, and I am personally ready to bring these looks back in Berlin. It’s gonna be cold drawing at outside events this Fall and I am happy to wear some layers 🙂

six inch scale bustle dress dollhouse maid custom by Suzanne Forbes August 2021 three shotLike this little commercial maid doll who I radically upgraded into the goth maid my dollhouses need!

I used fourteen different trims, ribbons and micro-picots plus three fabrics to do this customizing! Of course all the original articulation of the doll is preserved, and a cool bonus to narrowing her skirt silhouette and loading it with ruffles is that she now stands on her own!

I hadn’t touched my black-and-white trims bin in years and it was marvelous to see how many cool things I had saved every scrap of.

Below, the doll (I have named her Myrtle the Maid) with my biggest Little Shop of Horrors Audrey Two, made last year. The last image is the original doll before mods.six inch scale bustle dress dollhouse maid custom by Suzanne Forbes August 2021 outside

If you’d like to see more of my doll customizing, check out the Dollhouse and Dollmaking category on here, or these specific stripey-doll projects:

Gothic Lolita Nico Minoru custom

Gothic Burlesque Bride of Frankenstein

Other bricolage dolls and fairies I have made:

Fancy Wasp Dolly

Reserved Parking for Eliza

Valentine’s Monster Doll Armada

Snow Queen/Jadis

Fearless Pink Gay Santa

Gothic Rococo Horribella


Mummified Fairy King

Evil Mermaid

Opal Fimo Mantis Doll

Earliest dolls! with bad photos!