Wednesday, Lovely Wednesday

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I am toiling away and working as fast as I can. How can I teach sewers to sew when I’m so very rusty myself? So I’m getting UN-rusty as quickly as possible!

It occurs to me that these first Hazel Twigg Once-Loved Dolls would be the perfect opportunity for me to use something I’ve been saving for a very long time. Look what I found in my travels!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI could not believe it when I saw them in my favorite thrift store a few years back. Of course I snatched them up!

So these first dolls that I exclusively do myself will get one of these labels sewn into their coats.  Imagine the excitement of the appraiser in “Antiques Roadshow” 2115 when he sees that YOU (or probably your descendant. Ahem.) have a doll with one of these?! There are only 20 or so.

Some composition dolls from back then are difficult to identify now because they themselves weren’t marked. The tag in their clothes identified them. Like the Vogue doll in the navy below and the Portrait doll in pink. Precedent.

When I found the “Ruth”  tags, I also found some that said “Made Especially for you by Ann” and I bought them too. Perhaps I can briefly change my name. Or find a sewer named “Ann,” with no “e” on the end of her name. Hmm…

In the meantime, here are some Once-Loved Dolls from the past:

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A Vogue doll. The navy linen I used was wonderful. So crisp! It was easy and a given to form the little flowers that circled her brim.

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Such a prim, sweet little girl. I loved her well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Redheads are very, very rare. I think I only have one or two out of all my girls waiting for adoption. I love redheads and have always had a soft spot for them. Ask my brother!

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Not many girls could pull off this pale green and orange plaid wool, but she did! Oh yes, she did…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a pretty and somewhat rare Portrait doll by Effanbee.

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Do you see her reticule? A reticule is one of those cinched bags that sometimes have little tassels hanging from them. I learned that word when I heard it in a lyric from a song in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” What was Joanna fretting about? What’s a reticule? I HAD to know.
And now you do too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With each doll I try to do better than the doll before and make her as appealing as I possibly can. New dolls coming soon! With TAGS.

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