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Hello from Mary in Atlanta, Georgia... I'm a dollmaker and happy gramma to a dear little near-four-year-old granddaughter. I want to showcase here great dolls and softies from other artists as well as my own stuff. My main interest lies with vintage cloth dolls that our frugal earlier mothers made for their children--women who often did not possess the financial means or even transportation to indulge "boughten" dolls and toys. In this endeavor I've been heavily influenced by master dollmaker Gail Wilson of Gail Wilson Designs.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Abby (one of them)

This is one of the Abby(s) I'm making but I don't like how her face turned out. Never mind though. I've got loads of ideas and loads of Abby(s) cut out and partially sewed.
Body and hair are cotton but the "bangs" are felt.. felt eyes.. felt mouth..
Body is padded with cotton batting. She is handmade/hand sewn ...

Jointed Dolls

Here are three fabulous jointed dolls made for me by a dear friend, Annie N. These are made from a Japanese pattern called Varie .. hard-to-find book. Now I need to make some clothes for them!


I've named this girl Candace after my beloved grandmother. She is from a Gail Wilson pattern named New York Doll. The original New York Girl is the cover picture on a book by Wendy Lavitt, American Folk Dolls. Don't know if her little leather shoes and pantaloons show up in this pic.
Candace needs an old-fashioned wool cape with hood. I need to make that plus I want to make another New York girl in a different dress. So much I want to do, so little time.
Her body is made from old linen remnants.. face and hair are embroidered.. You can see just a peek of her individual fingers..
She is stuffed with wool and her body is padded with thermolam .. Handmade/Hand Sewn ..

Monday, August 17, 2009


Meet Mathilda! She has lost a shoe! Leggings are from an old garment. Dress is knit in orange and pink colors. Cardigan and shoes are felt .. button eyes .. I weighted her legs but not her arms (this time) ... Her body is made from velour, hair is fleece, mouth is fleece .. Padded body with velour ... Handmade/Hand Sewn ..