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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.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Phebe Delight, a prairie girl from the 1800s ....

This is the completed Phebe Delight. Body fabric is heavy osnaburg from Osnaburg Germany. Her head and torso are first padded with cotton quilt batting, then stuffed with wool and a lot of wool roving. Entirely hand-sewn, hand-made. A picture of her bonnet can be seen scrolling further down. She has mitt hands, fingers defined via top-stitching.. little faux leather shoes.. She is from a pattern by Ike's Pip Emma pattern series that I did alter significantly to suit my favorite design ideas. The most significant alteration was to the head/torso. The original pattern was a one-piece head/torso design. I cut the head from the torso, also added neck darts -- making it into 2 separate pattern pieces.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mary! These are adorable! I love how you are inspired from days of old, so delightful! Are these for sale, or are you just displaying them here? I know they come from your soul, but are you able to part with them, ever? :-)