I was just tagged on Facebook by my daughter-in-law with a pre-school picture of our grand daughter Violet. Violet is now 3 and 1/2 years old and of course is the smartest, cutest girl in the world according to G-nana and G-pop Hunziker. I love her hair worn up like this so this particular picture warms my heart.
Monday, October 28, 2013
I just finished a rag doll using a newly released Babyland Rag doll pattern by Dixie Redmond of Northdixie Designs. You can purchase the pattern here: http://www.northdixiedesigns.com/. My Babyland Rag doll is 27" tall made of cloth that has been stained with a tea and cinnamon mixture then baked in a 200 degree oven for about 30 minutes...15 minutes on each side. I painted her face with artist acrylics with a skin tone to match her body. She is dressed in an antique one piece slip underneath an antique baby dress. Her prairie style bonnet has a ribbon insert which can be drawn to gather around her face. I hope you like my new doll as much as I enjoyed making her. I have been searching for a large doll body pattern that is easy to use and I found it in this pattern. Thank you Dixie!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
The only changes I made was making the waist with a curvature and stitching the legs to the outside of the body rather than inside the bottom of the body. I also added separately applied thumbs in the likeness of a Walker doll.
I removed the shoulder head from the original body which had many holes in the back which rendered it useless. I applied paper mache to form the eyeballs and a broader chin around the mouth, sanded and gessoed the head then he was painted with artist acrylics and a final coat of stain was applied to give him an antique look. I applied a paint wash (50% water mixed with 50% acrylic paint) all over his body so he is no longer a stark white color but has a warm skin tone. I like to use a wash on rag dolls as the cloth stays soft and subtle after sanding like a rag doll should feel like.
Thomas is dressed in period style clothing, a shirt with a wide lace collar and black bow tie, wool grey and white houndstooth knickers with a matching beret and very old soft leather baby shoes. I hope you like the new Thomas Walker.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
https://www.facebook.com/rewindtimeto1829 . Inside the barn are two floors full of all kinds of antiques from many dealers around the state. I found two baby dresses and a lace trimmed linen dresser scarf. I love it when I find little pretties for my dolls and bargain prices to boot. The total for my purchases came to $45.00. :~)
Friday, October 11, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013