Travel Troll Dolls

Handpainted Silk Travel Troll Dolls

Travel Troll Dolls

The Travel Troll Dolls started as a little idea germinating in the far recesses of my ever-busy brain racing with lots of new ideas :-)

I have lived in five countries (Australia, New Zealand, USA, Greece, France) and travelled to many, many more, so the thought of having a little lucky Travel Troll to tuck into my bag seemed like a good idea.

The design came from brain to my pencil and then onto paper, and within 24 hours I had created my first happy little Travel Trolls.

Each Travel Troll Doll is unique, and is hand-drawn by me – Teena Hughes – the silk artist.

You will receive a signed Certificate of Authenticity/Birth Certificate for your very own Travel Troll Doll with its own name.


  • Each Travel Troll Doll with be unique, and will be the same size as all the others, but will be painted differently. There is no need to choose – you will receive a named unique Travel Troll Doll.
  • Approx 8″/20cm high. Approx 1″/2.5cm thick.
  • Padding: toy fiberfill.
  • Machine wash with care, place inside a lingerie wash bag to protect the doll.

Ready to order? $US35.00 each + shipping

If you’d like to order several items, there is a Flat Rate shipping fee of $US15.00 per order.

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The Life of a Travel Troll Doll – from idea to delivery :-)

First sketch of the Travel Troll Doll by Teena HughesThe Travel Troll Dolls are drawn on silk, then handpainted by Teena Hughes Handpainted silk Travel Troll Dolls by Teena Hughes

How the Travel Troll Dolls are born

After I put my ideas on paper, I need to transfer them to the silk; here are the steps required.

  • I buy white silk, and stretch the silk onto large wooden frames.
  • If the design needs to be drawn on the silk, I do that with the outliner and let it dry.
  • I then apply the silk dyes by painting with a small paintbrush, as though I was creating a painting on paper or canvas.
  • It does take a long time but the process is so wonderful and I do enjoy it very much.
  • Once the silk dyes have dried, the silk is carefully wrapped in white cotton and placed inside a specially-made silk steaming machine for several hours.
  • After washing and drying, the silk is made cut out and sewn into Travel Troll Dolls (wearable art/clothing, interior design items like cushion covers, room dividers and paintings).

I can express my ‘joie de vivre‘ (joy of life) when I’m painting and listening to French music – I go into another world where all the colours are much brighter and the world is truly marvellous :-) Do you like my travel troll dolls? Would you like one for yourself, or a friend?

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