Saturday, July 26, 2014

Martha Bishop Primitive Rag Doll & Bed Update

I had hoped to work on the bedding for Aletha's bed
 this past week, but the hubby took it to his workshop.
I did peek in on Wed. to see the progress and it was
partially dismantled.  It's been re glued & has a nice
 "old" looking slat to replace an earlier replacement.
It's definitely sturdy now & even has a nice coat
 of Briwax.  The hubs does such nice work.   

In the mean time, I started some clothing for a hand
painted primitive rag doll by Martha Bishop that I have
yet to name.  Just a peek for now. 
Such cute curls.
I've finished a red flannel petticoat &
some muslin drawers.
I edged them with some vintage cluny ivory 
wool lace.
It's very prim looking.
I did button loops with heavy thread for the
 antique men's china underware buttons.
 This muslin had an open weave, much like gauze &
it raveled easily so I used french seams.
Something completely unexpected........
a white petticoat of eyelet fabric with a wide eyelet
ruffle.  Even a primitive dolly wants a fancy petticoat.
Don't you feel special when you have your good
underware on?  
I attached the tightly gathered ruffle before I
finished the side seams with a zillion pins.....
To finish the seam, I trimmed the ruffled fabric to
 about 1/4 inch.
Folded the other fabric down twice & pinned.
Stitched it with a small whip stitch.
It makes a nice finished seam.
A pretty button & a visit to the ironing board will
finish the undergarments. While I ponder the dress
for this dolly, I'll work on the bedding.
Happy Sewing!
Martha Bishop Dolls 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Raphael Tuck Dolly Postcards & Miss Ava

These oilette Raphael Tuck postcards painted by German 
artist and doll maker Kathe Kruse were sold in America
 in 1915.  I love her dolls & was delighted to find these
 postcards.  I thought you'd enjoy them too.
 Poor little fella, he's just not to sure about this.
 They were also sold in Germany, France & Holland,
written in the appropriate language.
Learn more about this extraordinary doll maker here:
 Kathe Kruse
These little wooden dolly postcards painted by British artist
Phyllis Cooper, were sold as a package of 6 in 1932.  I 
see lots of inspiration in these colorful cards!
 A few more Phyllis Cooper postcards.  Her illustrations are
just stunningly vivid & there is so much to see. 
This set of 6 are from 1924.

We are enjoying the company of our niece Emily and great 
niece Miss Ava this week.
 The dollhouse has been a huge hit!
 What's happening in your neck of the woods?