"At Spoonflower, you upload your design, pick a repeat style and your choice of fabric (many choices) and then you place your order. Spoonflower (based in the mid Atlantic USA) prints the fabric and mails it to you. I scanned an antique apron, shrunk down the size of the design, tweaked it a bit and then picked cotton woven fabric and used the resulting fabric to dress my doll with an historically correct fabric design. It’s hard to find very small prints that are historically accurate for specific dolls. Anyone wanting some of this fabric can go to my Spoonflower shop (julsie3193) and buy some. This doll was based on dolls made by Izannah Walker. She was the first women to get a US patent. This doll has a molded head (made by Gail Wilson, from a paper mache type air dryable slip called Flumo). Then the head was covered in a stockinette fabric (think T-shirt material) and then gessoed and painted. This is what Izannah Walker did, although she used heated molds over batting instead of paper mache for her heads. No one knows for sure exactly how she did it, it’s been a mystery doll makers the world over are trying to puzzle out."
"The book details Hitty's adventures as she becomes separated from her little owner, Phoebe Preble and travels from owner to owner over the course of a century. She ends up living in locations as far-flung as Boston, New Orleans, India, and the South Pacific. At various times, she is lost at sea and also under sofa cushions, abandoned in a hayloft, serves as part of a snake-charmer's act, and meets the famous writer Charles Dickens, before arriving at her new owner's summer home in Maine, which turns out to be the original Preble residence where she first lived. From there she is purchased at auction for a New York antique shop, where she sits among larger and grander dolls of porcelain and wax, and writes her memoirs."
Anyone looking to see Gail’s Website for lots of doll eye candy, they can find it here.
And what is this? Roving used to stuff the dolls. Julie said, "It has wonderful qualities, like being resilient and always wanting to expand out as opposed to condensing like other stuffings. So anything stuffed with it will remain nicely plump. It also is a very nice stuffing for a pincushion as it tends to keep your needles and pins from rusting. Gail sells nice roving for stuffing on her website along with anything you need for doll making."
And this is Humpty Dumpty.
A special thanks to all the women in the Doll Bee for having this wonderful Tea and letting us see your awesome dolls. It was a special treat!
Don't forget, if you are interested in participating in the Doll Bee or have questions for Julie, call the shop and someone there will help you.
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