Saturday, April 18, 2015

Marianne, 12" Wooden Queen Anne Style Doll

Marianne 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. Marianne's
clothing is quite lovely! 

Her quilted skirt is a rare and beautiful example of 18th century French textile. It dates from around 1760. The gorgeous floral pattern was block printed onto the fabric. The colors are stunning!   

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

Her jacket: Pale Old Rose Pink Silk Brocade, ca. 1910

The red and gold colors of her cloth pocket make a wonderful contrast with the early patterns and prints of her clothing. It is 18th c. silk and linen. I used the same textile to make her lovely shoes.

Marianne has beautiful and delicate hands!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

"Lady Mary" Queen Anne Wooden Doll Reproduction

I made her clothing from antique and vintage fabrics. Lady Mary is wearing a  two-piece gown in red- ruby tones. Her open-front bodice is made of a 1950's vintage silk-taffeta and the skirt is a 19th c. Silk Damask. One of the things I enjoy
 in the design of my doll's clothing is to use solid colors to compliment the wonderful patterns and prints of the early textiles. 

Rare and beautiful example of 19th century textile, French  Scrolled  Silk  Damask, dates from around 1850's.

Whites: Made from 19th c. textiles. She is wearing
a quilted petticoat, corset with lace-up back, 
two hip pads that will help her skirt
hang and drape nicely, French lace embroidered bonnet with 
delicate and wide ribbon ties.

She has a wonderful patina.

Hand-carved from linden wood, Lady Mary has a one-piece carved
wooden head and torso, fully jointed.
Here is a photo when I just started working on my doll's hair.

Her cloth pocket and shoes are made of 18th c English embroidered silk. Her shoes have leather soles and
 cotton lining. She is wearing Edwardian wool stockings
 and silk-taffeta garters.