10 November 2017

Storybook Inspired Dolls...

Here are some fun looking Verity Hope girls which I have just finished.  


 Like many of my creations, they were inspired by various illustrations in old storybooks.  It's hard to pick one illustration, I think they sort of encapsulate everything I like about the 'Golden Age of Illustration'. So here they are:

Meet Eva...


Meet Matilda...


Meet Maude...

 Meet Pinkie...


 Each doll has a golden hang loop so they can be hung up to bring cheer to any room or work space!


I've placed these little characters in the Verity Hope doll shop and have promised them that they will all find homes.  They know they may not all end up together and their only request is that a pen and paper can be provided with an envelope and three stamps each so they can all keep in touch with one another.  They don't ask for much else, just to be loved and cherished.


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Thank you for visiting my doll blog and 
Happy Days To All Those Who Still Play!
Susannah x

29 October 2017

Garden of Serenity Girls...

I've been fascinated by wooden dolls for as long as I can remember and adore many of the Dutch doll illustrations by Florence K. Upton...


Here is a range of Verity Hope dolls with a wooden theme and I'll be posting quite a few of them over the next few blog posts.  I'm using the same yarn wrapping method used for my smaller vintage doll house style dolls and kits but these dolls are larger and extremely whimsical!

Some of these dolls may still be available from the ETSY SHOP DOLL LINK and do also take a peak at the limited edition doll making kits that are currently available while stocks last.

Thank you for visiting and 

HAPPY DAYS TO ALL THOSE WHO STILL PLAY!


Susannah x

15 October 2017

The Making of Liesel Part 3

Hello, I'm Susannah and welcome to part 3 of the Making of Liesel. 

I am making her from a doll kit inspired by the course dolls taught by Swiss doll artist Sasha Morgenthaler, famous for her production of Sasha dolls.

 

So moving swiftly on...

After completing Liesel's torso it was time to stuff the limbs.  The kit provided some flat metal inserts which enable the limbs to pose slightly.


As with the torso, I used felting wool so the stuffing would be really firm...


 I had to make sure the inserts stayed in the centre...


Voila!



The instructions said to place the legs slightly towards the front of the torso so the doll could sit but I wanted her in just a standing position and not to flop about too much so chose to stitch the legs directly underneath...


Verity Hope was getting very curious at this stage... 


Next came the arms, they had metal inserts too with individual bendy fingers...

 

I wrapped some wool around the finger tips first, to stop them from poking through the tricot fabric...


And after stuffing, hand stitched up and down the fingers...


Now for the exciting part! Attaching the arms. I used a very long doll making needle so the thread could go all the way through the body rather than stitching the arms just to the shoulders...



Here she is!! So exciting!


Now for the fun part... making her something to wear. I chose linen fabric and in keeping with Sasha Morgenthaler's philosophy, an old vintage hand embroidered table cloth for an apron...


I used lap seams (flat-felled) because my 80 year old machine only does straight stitch...


Leather shoes and socks came with the kit.  I tea stained the socks slightly to give them more of a vintage feel...


And here she is! 


Whispering sweet nothings to Verity Hope...


Now Margaret arrived and wanted to join in the fun...


Sasha got a new pair of pantaloons too...

 

And then it was time to sit back and enjoy another Sasha doll book all about identifying the different productions dolls over the years.


It came with a bonus catalogue about the beautiful wooden dolls of Elisabeth Pongratz... now that's a dream doll!!


Thank you for visiting and do check out my miniature Verity Hope dolls and kits from the Etsy link above.  


Bye for now!
Susannah x