Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Eliza Jane Butternut

Eliza Jane Butternut

Eliza Jane is 15 inches tall and sewn entirely by
hand. She is lightly tea dyed with PG
Tips (my hubby's favorite English tea) to
 give her a mildly aged look.

She's wearing a quilted calico Button
Bonnet that has 3 vintage shell buttons.

 Her hair is wool yarn braided
into a bun.

She has a simple embroidered face.

She is carrying a hand
made primitive buttocks basket
made especially for her be
my good friend Teresa.

Her petticoat, pantalettes & chemise
are cotton muslin.

Her dress is a cotton flannel homespun in
 a maroon red and tan check.  Her apron is osnaburg.

Eliza Jane is made of cotton utility
cloth stuffed with wool roving. 
She has dark brown boots and
stripped socks. 

  She is signed, dated & comes with a
special wooden "Make Do Doll" tag.
Look for Eliza Jane at Early Work Mercantile.
1st of February

Friday, January 27, 2012

Ozark Button Bonnet

This Button Bonnet was made for my Mother
in the late 1950's or early 60's by an elderly neighbor. 
 Mother says this lady was in her late seventies, loved to work
 in her garden and always wore a bonnet outdoors.

Button Bonnets were not as common
as the Poke or Slat bonnet,
& were generally worn
for working.

It fastens together with buttons.
Looks a bit like Early America
air conditioning!

I don't know whether this was made from a 
printed purchased pattern, or one she
made from memory.

It is truly a wonderful example of
an Ozark work bonnet!

For those of you who sew..............
I am going to show several photos of the
 way it is constructed. 

This bonnet has slats too,
maybe I should call it a Slat Button Bonnet.

  Fabric is cotton.
The three buttons are shell.

Mother remembers she owned a little treadle machine.

She has used white cotton rick-rack, and
cotton white bias tape that appears to be homemade.

These are the original cardboard slats.
They could be easily removed
for washing and ironing.

The button holes are hand sewn.

I am amazed at the amount of detail that has gone
into the construction of this bonnet.  If you attempt to
adapt this bonnet into one of your own, please
 send me a photo.  I would love to see your creations.

I am going to TRY and make a doll
bonnet from this design.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

When Will I Get Finished!

I really wish I could complete a doll more
 quickly, but hand sewing just takes hours
and hours!  I have been busy with
other things and can't seem to devote as
much time to doll making as I would like!

She finally has a simple embroidered
 face, some hair & a little
 wooden "Make Do Doll" tag.

I plaited some wonderful hand
 dyed brown wool into 
 a long row & hand stitched it to her head,
with a little bun in the middle.

She's not complete without all
her undergarments.   A simple chemise,
pantalettes & petticoat from cotton
muslin. These have been tea
 dyed (my hubby's PG Tips) and look much 
lighter in the photos.

I chose a simple pioneer style dress made
from  maroon red and tan cotton.  It's soft
like flannel.  Her apron is tea dyed

Her dress has 3 hook and eyes.

I decided against shoestrings,
and hand stitched fingers.
Not a single button could be
spared for her,
 she's a simple make-do doll.

She is in need of a bonnet & she has
her eye on one of the primitive
baskets.  Then she will be done!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Teeny Baskets & Brooms

I am always on the lookout for handmade
   accessories that are period appropriate for my dolls. 
 Not an easy task.  I was surprised & delighted
 to receive these wonderful primitive baskets from my
 dear friend Teresa.

  She gathered the materials for the baskets in the
 woods at "Hard Cracker Farm" where she lives with
her husband Dave.

Teresa demonstrating primitive basket making
at Silver Dollar City.  Thank you Teresa, but .....
I will not enjoy parting with them!

I attended a historic arts show at Arrow Rock,
Missouri a couple years ago and met a young
apprentice broom maker.  She liked my dolls, and
 I liked the brooms.  Long story short,
 The Widow Perkins now resides with Miss Emily.
 &  I have handmade Ozark
 brooms......doll size!

Emily has done a beautiful job & the
size is just right.

 I'm sure the Dolly's are looking forward to
 using these fine brooms!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A doll body almost finished......

I have almost finished a basic body for another doll.  I dyed a small amount of homespun muslin a faded dark brown for her high top shoes. 

For her body I chose a medium weight utility cotton and a striped cotton for her stockings.  I have lightly tea stained these fabrics with my Hubby's PG Tips tea.

She'll need a simple face, some hair & little shoe laces.

Oh, she'll need clothing too........

Sunday, January 15, 2012

St. Valentine's Paper Castings

The new year has begun and I am trying to get my projects organized.  A large task with so many things whirling around in my head.   My camera and computer had to be replaced........too many new directions for this old gal to remember!  I have finished castings of all my Valentine's hearts &  will add St. Patrick's, Easter and Whimsical Animals soon. (I haven't added the hangers yet)  I hope to have all my Brown Bag Molds added to the Paper Castings Page in the coming months.  I am also working on a couple of dolls, hand sewing isn't the fastest!! 
 Busy, busy, busy.............  

Victorian Heart

Tulip Heart

Hummingbird Heart

Basket of Hearts

American Folk Art-Tulips

American Folk Art-Pennsylvania Heart


Lace Heart