Thursday, December 21, 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!




I want to take this time to THANK YOU for your friendship, it means so much to me. I wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Sonia

Sunday, December 17, 2017

"Bessie" Hand-carved Queen Anne Wooden Doll




Her dress is inspired by a beautiful wedding gown from the
Georgian Era. 
Delightful 18th c. Brocaded Textiles





Look at the details on the sleeves.....the lace and ribbon work 
are gorgeous, made in France and dating from the 19th c.





Back view : 3-piece trained dress

Ohhh panniers !!

Bessie is wearing a long chemise, underskirt,
stays and panniers.
Stays : Early 18th c. Italian silk



Double cloth pockets: 18th c. embroidered silk with multicolored floral motifs.





 



Her brocaded silk shoes are beautifully embellished
with glass beads from the Victorian Era

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hand-carved Black Wooden Doll



 "Sonia" is 14 1/2 inches tall. The hand-carving and clothing are exquisite.



 Corset: 19th c. English Silk




2 pc.Dress:  Delightful 18th c. Brocaded Textile




Her shoes are quite lovely! Embellished with robin's egg blue glass beads from the Victorian Era.


Apron: Gorgeous Lace embroidery-applique, England 19th c.





Friday, October 20, 2017

"Genevieve" Reproduction of a Wooden Doll from the Georgian Period


 The craftsmen of the Georgian Era made marvelous art work. "Genevieve" is a reproduction of one of the most
beautiful wooden Queen Anne Dolls made in that period.
She is a large doll, 24" tall,
(she is just 1/2 inch shy of  her older sis.)
I dressed my doll in exquisite early textiles that date back to the 18th century, including the fabulous French torchon metal trim that I used to decorate her robe and stomacher. Please scroll down to see more pictures of Genevieve, she is a wonderful replica of the original doll. 




                          Hand carved wooden head and torso with 
dowel and pin jointing at thighs and knees.


19th c. Black pupil-less glass eyes with finely painted 
dotted eyebrows.


Dress: Italian silk brocade with gold metallic embroidery. 
Stomacher and dress front panel: English brocade, with gold and silver metallic embroidery .
Wonderful examples of 18th c. textiles







Apron: Ottoman, 19th c.
The off-white linen ground is embroidered with
silk and copper threads.





This is a rare, exquisite, beautiful torchon metal trim, 
Origin:  France, XVIIIème




Lace-up half-boots in a lovely light blue color. 
In the beginning of the 19th c. boots gradually
became acceptable for women. 
Material: English 19th c. Silk

Sunday, August 13, 2017

21 in. Izannah Walker Doll





" Clementine"

I designed this doll based on an original
 Izannah Walker Doll.  She is 21 inches tall. 




Clementine is wearing a dress that I made for
 her from a beautiful 19th century calico fabric.



Clementine has marvelous curls!




Monday, August 7, 2017

"Silvana", Hand-carved Black Wooden Doll





  Silvana is my representation of a young black woman that was brought as a servant  to the British Empire 
from West Africa, in the 17th-century. It became
 fashionable for the wealthy families to have black 
servants dressed in elaborate clothing.
I dressed my doll in clothing that is historically inspired.
You will be amazed by this doll ! She is 12".


The hand carving and clothing are exquisite.




                                                                     







           Rare and beautiful example of Early 18th-century textile. 
Cotton painted mordant-and-resist-dyed probably made in Western India for the British Market.


                                           Her shoes are quite lovely!
                        Beautiful 19th-century brocade silk.