Wednesday, February 19, 2014

We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Program!

I had every intention of showing some progress on the wooden Queen Anne dolls Mark and I are jointly making but a problem developed. Our band saw has two speeds, one is slow and the other a little faster, well actually it is a lot faster and it seems to have a mind of its own and stay in that setting. To prevent my doll bodies from becoming toothpicks we have decided it best to get it repaired. Mark is going on a trip on the 25th and won't return until March 11th so it will be in the repair shop while he is away.

I do have another project I have been working on that you might find of interest, an altered art wooden Queen Anne. I am calling her my "Candle Stick Queen" as she is doweled onto a wooden candlestick. The poor thing was destined to become an unloved relic as she was missing her arms and legs so I rescued her and here are the results of my efforts to make her a charming lady again. She stands 12 1/2" tall, has been completely repainted and distressed. I have carved out and inserted glass pupiless eyes decorated with dotted lids and brows. I made her tiny hands with paper clay and dressed her in a reproduction brown crewel work printed cotton and lots of lace. Her apron is a remnant of antique embroidered cotton.

The blue hue you see in her hair is effects from bad lighting!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Latest Project~An Altered Art Horseman Doll

Today I finished my latest project, an altered art doll I created with a Horseman shoulder head. I made a body of muslin stuffed with poly-fill, stitched her fingers and attached her head with hot glue. Then I gessoed her head, applied stockinette then gessoed some more. She has been hand painted with acrylics and her brown wig is synthetic with sausage curls all the way around her head. She reminds me of a Victorian style Kathy Kruse doll...well sort of.

Friday, February 7, 2014

My Latest Wooden Jointed Queen Anne Doll~SOLD

Here are pictures of  my latest Queen Anne doll, complete with her dress, overskirt, pantaloons, shoes and two bonnets. She stands 11" tall and is made of wood, jointed in the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. I decided that she was so petite that the glass eyes I ordered would be too big so she has glass bead eyes instead. Her hair is mohair.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Today's Project~ A Dress, Bonnet & Pantaloons

Today I have been sewing a wardrobe for a new Queen Anne doll. Everything has been hand stitched and despite a few finger sticks I am happy with the results. I still have the side seams of her overskirt and back seam of her dress to stitch and a hook and eye for her pantaloons to complete. I am waiting the arrival of some black glass pupiless eyes to arrive for her so I can't show her to you just yet.

Monday, February 3, 2014

My Queen Has a Pocket

I finished the pocket for my doll today and she was kind enough to pose in her undies with it. I brightened the picture so perhaps you can see it better. The fabric is a crewel work print trimmed with dark brown loops. I stitched the opening for her handkerchief with dark red embroidery floss and added matching waist ties.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Queen Anne's Presentation Box is Finished

I purchased this dome top pine box from Karen Woodward at The 1800 House Antiques Group. Visit here to find all kinds of antiques and primitive finds. I added a portrait of my doll on the lid and made a comfy tufted pad for the bottom and black cotton ties to keep her stable in shipment. She feels right at home in her new presentation box and I am very pleased with the way it turned out.