Friday, December 18, 2015

" Lorena" Hand-carved Queen Anne Doll, early 18th c.






Lorena is hand carved from linden wood, the head and torso is
a single piece, she is jointed at the shoulders, elbows,
hips and knees. The hand carving and clothing are exquisite.


Lorena's dress is quite lovely. Rare and beautiful example of 18th century block printed textile. The combination of colors is so stunning!








Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Izannah Walker Doll Reproduction






 I re-create this doll from an original antique Izannah Walker Doll. She has stockinette head. Amanda has painted five ringlets across the back of her head and two more on the sides.


A close-up of her beautiful black lace up boots.




Here is Amanda ready to get dressed !

Monday, October 26, 2015

Reproduction English Wooden Queen Anne Doll











 She is hand carved from linden wood, the head and torso is
a single piece, she is jointed at the shoulders, elbows,
hips and knees. The hand carving and clothing are exquisite.

              
A close-up of her apron, 19th c.
embroidered tambour net lace, France.




Her cloth pocket is lovely!. I used a fragment
of an early 19th c. hand embroidered Chinese Robe, that probably
 was embroidered in China for the Western Market.
                                              
                                                       


 Rare and beautiful example of 18th century textile. It is mordant- and resist- dyeing on cotton. It has a flower and hunting scene pattern in shades of brick red, blue and purple. It has aged to wonderful pleasing pastels colors.



The underwear outfit consists of:  petticoat, long sleeves
chemise and two quilted bustle pads.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sophia, 15" Hand Carved Wooden Doll

         









All of her clothing is removable. Here is Sophia wearing
her cotton chemise and embroidered petticoat. 


           
......I  took this photo before I started
working on my doll's hair.



A close-up of her apron and bonnet ( French cotton and
  lace, 1920's ca.)



The textiles I used to make her clothing are quite lovely!
Exquisite English brocade and embroidery , dating around 1840's








Sophia is wearing an antique hip pad that helps her
skirt hang and drape nicely.

Beautiful example of 18th century French quilted textile. It dates from around 1860. The gorgeous floral pattern was block printed onto the fabric.
The colors of her cloth pocket make a wonderful contrast with her clothing. Rich embroidery with silk and metallic threads.

And last but not least, Sophia's shoes are quite lovely. They are embellished with Victorian silver buttons and French silk ribbon.
The outer of the shoes are made from a fragment of 18th c. silk brocade English garment, it is the same textile I use to make her jumps. They are lined with cotton, hand-stitched,  and the sole is made with leather.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Phillis, 16" Hand Carved Wooden Doll






Phillis is hand-carved from linden wood, she has a
one-piece carved wooden head and torso, fully jointed.
I made her clothing from antique fabrics. Her
clothing is quite lovely! 




Her "jumps with sleeves" are inspired on one of the  fabulous garments that the Victoria & Albert Museum holds in exhibition. It is made from a vintage green brocade textile in a lovely green color.
My definition of "jumps" is a sort of  loose "stay" partially or without  boning at all. It became  popular by 1740's and commonly used for women that prefer to wear them as a healthier alternative, instead to stays.



                                    Phillis has beautiful and delicate hands.



This late 18th century textile that I used for making her cloth pocket is fine linen embroidered with silk threads.( ca. 1780- 1820, Hertfordshire, UK) 



 She is wearing an antique hip pad that helps her skirt hang and drape beautifully.        



 All of her clothing is removable. Here is Phillis with her cotton nightgown and  French cotton tambour embroidered bonnet in off-white shade. 





Beautiful example of 18th century English quilted textile. It dates from around 1880. The gorgeous floral pattern was block printed onto the fabric. The colors are stunning!   



 Her apron is made from a French
 embroidered net lace, 1920's ca.
  


Phillis is wearing antique cotton stockings and garters, in a lovely red color. These contrast nicely with all of her clothing. Her shoes are made from the same English textile I used to make the cloth pocket. 
  


 Enjoy!