Saturday, March 7, 2015

New dolls being finished

I have taken some pictures of three dolls I am just about done with.  A large Izannah Walker Style Cloth Doll, a second slightly smaller Izannah Walker Style Cloth Doll and a painted head rag doll.  Omie is wearing a checked dress and bonnet of vintage cotton organdy with a lace collar which is removable. she is not wearing her under ware here because it isn't finished yet, Her bodice is fully lined and I still have to draw up the sleeves and add lace. She is a big,  sweet,





 light weight girl, and to me the dress and bonnet are just so pretty. I wish I had a ton of this fabric. My second girl is Izannah, and she is wearing a dress and bonnet made of a reproduction Civil War fabric called ink well. It is as near to the antique's dress material as I could get. She is more brooding with her dark eyes. I still would like to make her a second dress of a fine light weight white or light color  with out a bonnet, and I might do that. Her dress has a lace collar, but it is sewed on and she wears an apron of a white calico with lace edges, Her dress bodice is also fully lined,  I have made the decision to line all the tops of the clothes from now on as it is nicer and less work in the end. Last but not least is this fat painted head  rag doll. She has a few issues, one of her hands is slightly smaller than the other and her head is not completely straight, but she is pretty and will make a child a great playmate and companion. Winter has taken it's toll on us all, as far as doll making and work in general, but still progress is being made and lots of dolls are in the works, as well as new ideas and plans for this coming year. I have not given up on my video's. Keep safe, warm,  and working on those wonderful special hand made toys and dolls, as I sure do love to see what you all are making. Love, Martha

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Angellis Revisited

I have posted about this doll before, but after quite a lot of labor on her I decided to take some more pictures, possibly to put her on ebay. The pictures show up everything beautiful,






 and everything you did wrong too. This little dress has been a pill,  it shouldn't have been, but I don't seem to be able to stop making stupid mistakes and then having to spend tons of time to fix them. I would have loved to make her a dress out of antique fabric, because I do have some, but because I might not get enough money for her, I was afraid to use the scarce material up. I wonder sometimes about my reasoning, whether or not it is sound and makes good sense, about the dolls. This outfit is very pretty though and does have very old rick rack on the collar, arms,  around the skirt, and on the bonnet too. I also made another small doll, and her dress is made out of antique fabric. I notice I need to do some more eye work. Pictures tell me the truth that I can't see myself. The smaller dolls are harder to paint and you don't see flaws as much until you blow them up bigger. While making doll clothes I have learned something else, which is the older you try to go, the more hand sewing it seems to take. Antique fabric in itself is fascinating. and it is truly pretty. Well, off to work on another doll, hopefully to make her some great mistake free clothes.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Doll named Izannah

I made a bunch of dolls, or started them awhile back about 3 months ago. Some have worked out pretty good and some failed,  this particular doll I named Izannah, because to me she is more like a Izannah Walker doll than a lot of the other dolls. I have noticed that some of the antique dolls had darker colors than others, the hair in particular was very dark and the eyes too. I saw a picture of a wonderful Izannah doll in a magazine and so set out to copy her, there are differences, but this doll does resemble the antique to a good degree. I don't have any clothes made for her yet, but borrowed the under ware from a different doll to make pictures. I do like this under ware a lot, even though it is not proper for a doll like this, but I used artist privilege to do what I wanted. I am going to make the dress as close to the antique's as possible and then will take some more pictures. I hope everyone is doing good and has lots of doll making plans for this year. We are busy doing the necessary things, but move ahead slowly with our doll making. This year I hope to do some different things, make some dolls I haven't tried  before, but the work to make a authentic Izannah antique reproduction doll will of course continue, but the good thing about this is, it applies to other types of antique dolls too, so I will atleast have that experience on my side to help me. I do like this girl so much and have  4 more heads like her to finish. It will be fun to see how close these other heads will be to this doll. Happy doll making to you all and I hope you enjoyed seeing this dolly.




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Reeny

We are back from the mountains. Last week mama, my brother, my husband and me went to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. It was a good week, but we are having to give it a few days rest to get back to normal, after eating, and walking around the sites all the days we were there. Pigeon Forge is a childs delight, but for older folks it is way to commercial for me. We did go to the Hatfields and Mocoys Christmas Dinner show, which was really cute. Lots of antique shops, but nothing of real interest for me there. I did happen to go to a certain store called I R cheap. I wasn't going to go in, but I saw in the window, a prim doll, and did go in. In there were true prims. I saw a cute Santa and some Civil war soldiers, so cute. I wanted to buy the Santa and the soldiers, but I knew my husband and my mama would have had something to say about it, so I took a few pictures to remind me of their cuteness and waited until I got home and wrote a lady who makes the patterns for those dolls and she put one on her etsy site for me, so now I am happy again and will make a few of these, mainly for myself and my brother in law. I did make lots of pictures of my trip, but the pictures aren't ready to get downloaded just yet, but when they are, I'll put them on. Since getting back home, I have been working on one of the large Izannah dolls to get her finished, no particular reason, except I just wanted to see her all dressed up. I was rewarded to see her decked out in her pretty yellow Civil war reproduction fabric dress and matching bonnet. I still have to do a touch up on her feet, but am proud of how she looks. She has a great big fat chest, plump ears, and is pretty much a chunky doll, nice size to hold though. Out of room again. I did put in a few more in progress, unfinished






 doll pictures.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New Works in Progress

A long time ago, I wondered how to increase my chances of reaching potential people who might want an Izannah doll from me, but now I realize that I cannot make but so many, atleast at one time, so, with the help of my husband and my mother, we are quietly working and making the best dolls we can, and let them find homes for themselves. When I first started learning how to make these dolls, I was excited and certainly enjoyed the making, and more than that the connecting and sharing of ideas and techniques about these dolls. Finding new friends, seeing what others are doing and accomplishing is a daily treat for me. You see here some of the new works in progress. Some of the dolls are finished in their painting, some not. I think I will be going deeper into making these dolls in the future, trying to cull down to making a true reproduction of individual Izannah dolls, which should be fun and definitely a challenge, but I won't let go of the individual original ( usually happy accidents ) dolls that I manage to make because they are charming in their original faces and personalities. One of the dolls pictured here is a copy of a antique Izannah doll. She has darker hair and is a larger size, ( see if you can guess which one she is ). I am naming her Izannah, after the original maker of these antique dolls and because she gave all of us so much to enjoy both in having one of her dolls, or, all the pleasure of trying to make some like hers. Also pictured are a few of the primitive rag dolls with stitched faces. I just want to show some of the dresses they have. They are not completely finished either. Their fate is uncertain as they are not  ( In Vogue ) right now, but we love, and enjoy them. Their time will come to be wanted. In the future, we are planning to make some painting videos ( if we can learn to use the movie camera, and navigate the blog site to put a video on. Keep your fingers crossed whisper repeatedly ( Please help poor Martha to smarten up so she can enjoy us painting along with her). and some other fun stuff too.








Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Izannah Dolls and Primitive Rag Dolls

Here are a few pictures of some of the new Izannah Dolls and Primitive Rag Dolls we are making. During the last few months, we have been busy making quite a few new dolls, 6 new Izannah dolls in different sizes and 6 primitive rag dolls with the seed teeth, As usual atleast one of the Izannah dolls will have to go back to the drawing board for more work, but the 6 primitive dolls are getting their clothes. I had an old cutter quilt and we cut it up to make bonnets and now, a dress or two. I haven't had as much time to work on the dolls, as we are trying to clean out some buildings at mama's house for a sale in October, also she has several antique cars and they have to be worked on to get ready to sell later this year, but every available  minute I pop back to my work table to concentrate on the dolls. I have enjoyed making the primitive rag dolls the most because they are fun and I guess I just love these type of dolls. Hope you enjoy seeing these and if you have an old quilt that isn't good enough for a bed cover, consider that you can make dolls goodies with it. The bonnets are really pretty, and if you don't mind the task of separating the quilt top from the batting layer, you can make really pretty quilt top dresses. The Izannah's are about middle way through their painting and will change. It is interesting to see the changes and I will show you the difference antiquing makes in my next post.





Sunday, July 27, 2014

Alabama Indestructible Dolls

After a long and hard time making four of these Alabama babies, also known as Alabama Indestructible Dolls, or Ella Smith Dolls, I am finally finished with them. Two white with matching outfits and two black with matching outfits. The other two, my first two are in an older post. I will have to work on the first black baby just a touch to bring her up to what I think is a better version of an antique black doll. I have said many times, the black dolls are harder to paint and still show details, but this last black doll shows up very well. There are lots of antique Ella Smith white dolls to be had, some are I would say prettier than others, but the old black ones are hard to come by, and I imagine much more expensive, that is why I wanted to make them in the first place. I have a white antique Alabama Baby, and have recently refurbished her some. I did only what must be done to save her. Her right ear was missing and her arms were in danger of falling off, and her right hand also in danger of separating from her arm. I did put new leg covers on the upper legs too, as they were very weak, but did nothing to the feet. I  had to re glue some deep cracks in her face and apply just a touch of paint, but absolutely as little as possible. Soon, when I have had an opportunity to make her some clothes, I will post her pictures. These dolls are for friends in Mississippi who love all sorts of dolls, and have huge collections. Now that I have got my feet wet, so to speak, I feel that I can go on to make some really nice pretty accurate copies of the Alabama babies. they are really sweet and a good size. I do want to try to make the tiny Alabama baby I saw on ebay, and will tackle this eventually.





Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Making Primitive Rag Dolls

In the last month I have turned away from my Izannah's somewhat, to make some primitive rag dolls, a lot of this is because they are easy to make and mama can work on them too. She is enjoying time with her sister and going to Florida for a few days, and so am I. We will go to Pensacola, Fla to see my brother and then on to pick up mama in Apalatchacola, Fla. These rag dolls are a little different. We have been experimenting with color, different noses, and putting in seed teeth. They look just a little scary at first, but they grow on you pretty quick. I think when I get the whites of the eyes put in and some fine dresses and bonnets on they will be cute. The summer is moving along pretty fast, but the doll work is going good. Lots of big Izannah's to come out in the next few months. We are making 27 of the tiny 8 inch dolls,



 this will take up lots of time, and be interesting to see the difference in so many little faces.