Tuesday, August 09, 2011
I had a bunch of time in hospital waiting rooms lately ( everyone is fine now) and so found the forum Maida today. Maida is a site run by a doll artist that makes dolls inspired by antiques, particularly antique dolls that were made of cloth and then pained. There were many of these made- the Alabama Indestructible Baby, the Izanna Walker dolls, the Maggie Bessie dolls. The point of these painted cloth dolls was to make a doll that children could play with and not break. There are also folk dolls of this type- the reg doll, Charlotte, in Little House in the Big Woods was cloth with a drawn on face. After a disaster in Little House on the Prairie, Ma makes a new face for Charlotte.
The rows of stitching that look a little like braid are the reverse side of the stitch from my antique Willcox and Gibbs sewing machine.