My first semester at college has been absolutely amazing; however, I haven't had enough time to post anything regarding what I've made since last summer! The first photo is Aphra, a 17th century rag doll I made over my winter break. She's OOAK, hand-stitched and stuffed with natural wool roving. The second photo is Emeline, an 18th century rag doll who is OOAK and stuffed with natural wool roving. The next four photos are of my Queen Anne doll, Charity, for whom I made my first genuine attempt at an 18th century Polonaise gown. I hand-stitched this OOAK, original gown. The last photo is a pig stuffed with natural wool roving and sewn from a Gail Wilson pattern. I also made a Gail Wilson Raggedy Andy, and haven't gotten around to making Raggedy Ann yet. I'll post photos of them once they're finished!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Friday, August 17, 2012
This week has certainly been a memorable one! I submitted three dolls to a local fair, and each one a first place blue ribbon! I submitted Clara, Lottie, and Civility and her trousseau. I'm especially excited for next year's fair, though; I'll finally get to enter in the 19 and over category! I've already got ideas -- I found a kit for Gail Wilson's Raggedy Andy at a garage sale, and have ordered the kit for Raggedy Ann. I'll post plenty of pictures once the pair is complete! Also, my Jane Eyre doll was published in the fall issue of Prims magazine as a part of MAIDA's storybook challenge. The challenge was to create antique-inspired dolls based on storybooks, so I had to submit Jane!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
When I'm bored, I tend to make tiny things that often serve no purpose. For instance, once I figured out the basics of needle felting, I began felting tiny balls and cake-shaped things. For one tiny doll-cake, I took it upon myself to felt some pink embroidery floss on top of it as icing:
Friday, May 25, 2012
I have yet to name this doll, but I imagine it being something befitting of a girl of the mid-nineteenth century. As a girl of that era, she wears a pink calico frock, muslin pantalettes, and a muslin apron. Her hair is one plait made of the type of yarn intended for washcloths and the like. I quite like it in this context -- it's endearing, but without the frizzy wisps that acrylic yarn unwinds into!
Monday, May 21, 2012
This is Mr. Rabbit -- I have yet to think of a better name for him... He enjoys taking tea in the garden at two o'clock sharp with his other friends, which include the dolls and a few animals. The most recent of these new acquaintances is a little pink calico pig I finished yesterday, and I'll post about him soon! Mr. Rabbit was made from one of Gail Wilson's animal patterns from muslin, calico, and wool roving.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
In light of the new warm weather, I thought that my reproduction Queen Anne doll, Charity, could use a new gown. She was a gift for a past birthday -- she's from the 1995 UFDC convention! She came with clothes of her own, but I wanted so badly to dress her myself in 18th century garb! She wears a shift, pannier hoops, a petticoat, and a pocket as underthings. I have yet to figure out how to construct a pair of 18th century stays. She also wears a mobcap.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
I've been away for a while, sorting out all things college-related, but it's all been decided, and with the end of senior year in sight, I have time to get back to blogging! For Christmas, I received my very first reproduction mid-nineteenth century china head doll! Her name is Civility, and she was purchased from the Elizabeth Stewart Clark Sewing Academy. She's impeccably crafted, and by far one of the most beautiful dolls in my collection. She was such a delight to dress in historically-accurate mid-nineteenth century garb!