24 June 2017

A Larger Verity Hope Doll...

Hello there, I'm Susannah creator of Verity Hope vintage childhood dolls and kits.  
In this short post I'm going to show you a selection of step by step images of how I make larger Verity Hope dolls, it's not a complete tutorial but I hope they'll inspire you to have a go at doll making yourself, it's really very easy and most rewarding. The following doll stands about 18cm (7") high and her clothing is cut from wool felt.

This is what she'll look like when finished...
 I started off by making the bendy armature out of pipe cleaners which I then wrapped with 100% wool yarn just like they used to do during the make do and mend war years.  
Do you remember Grecon dolls? They were made in the same way.

Her clothing was cut from wool felt...

Here are the bits sewn on... 

Then I made a small hole in the collar, placed it over the neck and hand stitched up the sides. 
I used blanket stitch because I wanted to make the stitching a feature.

Once the felt head was completed (I embroidered her eyes and mouth) and glued in place, the hair was added. First at the front...

 And then all over the back...

Finishing with thread at each side to form bunchies...

Finally I made a little beret...

And here she is all finished... a new little character!

 So that was really quite simple wasn't it... 

If you'd like to have a go at making a similar doll there is a digital pattern tutorial which takes you through the steps in more detail and contains a pattern template for the clothing and face.  

Thank you for visiting and I hope you feel a little bit inspired now to give this easy vintage technique of doll making a go!

Happy days to all those who still play!
Susannah x

2 June 2017

New Limited Edition Kits

I have a couple of new doll making kits to offer which are in the shop now.

Both these kits are LIMITED EDITIONS so only a small number are available.
This is Meredith...

Her kit comes with a little patchwork apron...


Meet Louisa... 

She has long strawberry hair...

Like all Verity Hope dolls kits, Meredith and Louisa can be sewn entirely by hand.
Little old fashioned style dollshouse dolls for you to make and treasure...

ETSY link at the top 
or to read in general about Verity Hope doll making kits


Thank you for visiting,
Susannah x

28 May 2017

A visit to the festival...

I recently visited the Spring 

Always an inspiration, the level of miniature craftsmanship is out of this world.

The nostalgic dolls of Joyce Coles caught my eye straight away. They were part of a vintage miniatures collection displayed at the entrance.  I love the tiny tartan Scotsman, all the little outfits capture a bygone era. 

Top of the list was to pay a visit to the Art Of Mini stand.  I LOVE the kits they produce and the German owners were such a delight to talk to.

I bought a few kits including their French desk.

Do take a look at their website: ART OF MINI

Putting the desk together was a lot of fun.  I did take step by step photos so you could see how I assembled it but lost the pics when my phone had to get rebooted.  Managed to retrieve a few though so you can get the idea.

The kit comes as MDF laser cut.
I used my favourite Modge Podge to stick it together.  It's slow drying (about 20 mins) so if you make a mistake (which I did), you can easily pull it apart again before it dries completely.

 I painted painted the desk a nostalgic greeny colour along with some other furniture to create a little backdrop for  the Verity Hope girls.

Now to take some pics with the Verity Hope girls on set. 
That'll be fun!

In the meantime enjoy the sunshine...

and take time to skip!

Thank you for visiting,
Susannah x

12 May 2017

Meet Holly...

Meet HOLLY...

Holly had her patchwork dress custom printed especially for her.

She wears little pantaloons... 

She takes great care of her long auburn locks...

Holly has a little wicker basket...

And her favourite reading book - 'Josephine And her Dolls'. 

She may still be available in the SHOP or if not I'm sure she'll have some friends looking for homes.

Holly is poseable and is approximately 13cm (5") tall. She'll fit in perfectly with 1/12th scale dollhouse friends and accessories.

If you would like to learn to make your own little doll, 
Verity Hope doll making kits are now available from the 
ETSY SHOP  link at the top. 
INSTAGRAM: VerityHopesWorld
FACEBOOK: VerityHopeNews
Thank you for visiting,
Susannah x