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A Quilter's Journey. I have become a piecer of quilts. The part I love the most is choosing a design, the colour/fabric selection, then piecing.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

A Yen for a Hand Carved Doll

Dia Duit, for some time I have had a yen for a hand carved wooden doll from the 19th century. I have seen some in cyberspace, and was taken with the ones I had seen.
On Ebay I came across this Wooden Hand Carved Penny Doll, made a bid, and she was mine.
She came from a very old estate in the States, alot of things in the Estate were from 1880, so I am unsure of her age.
My problem, I am really cross with myself, I have culled some of my books from my bookshelf and obviously have op shopped my two doll books with the vintage of clothes, I would like to make for her. I have trolled quite a few sites and unable to find suitable clothing for her??? Is anyone able to help me, pattern wise. ie somewhere I could purchase a pattern or internet site???? From what I have read about the Penny Wooden Dolls, they were outfitted with minimal clothing. Often the dolls were crudely/simply made and sold for a penny, in the 19th century. In my mind, she would need pantaloons, petticoat and top dress, not sure of an apron or not. Would love your help or thoughts. SlaƱ, O'faigh


katherine said...

A very special doll indeed. I might be able to help you as I have some doll clothes making books if you can email me the dimensions of the doll I will have a look at what I've got. Mum has a few too.

KaHolly said...

Oooh, Lyn, she's a beauty!! Good luck finding a pattern or two to dress her up!!

shez said...

O Faigh try your local library they should have somee that you can borrow,its worth a try ,good luck.xx

marina said...

lovely little doll.
Your mum's placemats look beautiful too.

Merilyn said...

Have just caught up with all your posts now - been without a computer for over a week - something had broken! - well done on obtaining your little doll, she is gorgeous and looking great for her age! I haven't done doll clothes, but I do wish you luck, I'm sure someone out there will be able to help!!! I know you will do a great job when you find the right patterns!!!

Anita said...

I love the doll. Pity about not having a pattern for her. Good luck in finding something for her.
Cheers, Anita.

Sue B said...

What a gorgeous find, I cant wait to see how you dress her.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your new doll is lovely, I hope you find the patterns you need. Lovely placemats in the previous post too. xx

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

If you look for the book Tottie, the story of a dolls' house, on line you might find a picture of Tottie, a penny doll. It is charming book, which has also been made into a children's animated story. The book is by Rumer Godden.