Monday, January 21, 2019

Three Izannah Walker Style Cloth Dolls for the New Year

Actually Sadica was finished in December 2017, but I am including her here. She is a sweet doll and has a wonderful dress and bonnet made of antique calico fabric. She has shoes that slip on and are only made of faux leather, because I am learning to make shoes, but she is a hard size foot to fit, so these do fit her and look pretty too. Another doll I am showing has not been named yet, but she is another doll from the same mold as Claudia. She looks different, but they usually do. She is about 20 or so inches tall and has bare feet. She has no dress or bonnet as of yet, but I have been holding fabrics up to her and I think the antique Indigo blue and yellow designs is the best for her. She is sweet and probably looks more like the traditional Izannah doll than these other two. Last is my attempt to make the illusive black Izannah Walker doll owned at one time by Richard Wright. You cannot find pictures of any other black dolls made by the Walker family, I say this because it has been said that Jane Walker made the black dolls in the family, but I don't know if anyone really knows. I  am naming this doll Venus because she is so beautiful to me. She has wonderful rust colored hair made of lambskin. She is about 20 inches tall too, although she is not as heavy in the body. Looking at fabric for her is harder because she could wear so many things, but I want her to have a pretty antique Calico dress just the right color. Lots of dolls I made last year did not get put on here, but I will post them here because this is a good place to keep them. Keeping track of the dolls I made and what they looked like shouldn't be a problem, but I just cannot keep up with them to put real pictures in a book. Hope you enjoy seeing these new dolls.






6 comments:

  1. Loved seeing your dolls! You've made precious little ladies!

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  2. What a great start to the new year for you here at Martha's Dolls. I love these sweet girls...all so finely crafted. If it hadn't been for your sweet doll, I wouldn't have experienced the beauty of a pressed cloth head, for I probably will never see or hold one of the old Izannah Walker dolls. Clay, even when covered in cloth, just doesn't compare. I also agree that your blog is the perfect place to record each doll you make. Best wishes, Martha, for a wonderful dollmaking year in 2019.

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  3. It is hard to keep up with them, sometimes! Ditto what Mary said above--I am so glad I have the Martha Babies you made.

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  4. Thank you every one. I hope to have a good doll making year. I am going to try to stick to my goal and get a perfect reproduction of an antique. I will probably try on my antique doll. I am not afraid to make a cast of her head, but will have to take extra care, but she is my best hope to make a doll that looks real. I just want to do it to see if I can.

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  5. I love dolls and especially heirloom dolls... They just seem to have a special presence... I want to know more about these little dollies so I'm your newest follower...Enjoy your week-end...Hugs

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