Tuesday, October 14, 2014

OOoO trying hard to get into the "FALLOWEEN" Mood

 with it still in the 90's in FL breaking heat records..I am Looking at Fall through others wonderful creations!  OK! Boo Ghost are by: B-O-O Bellies Ghosts Bowl Fillers-Ornies ITC183 by "ISN'T THAT CUTE!"
 Big HALLOWEEN Pumpkin Stack E Pattern - primitive banner decor prim spider grubby decoration party 2012 by "Hudson's Holidays"   http://www.patternmart.com/pattern/15624/Big+HALLOWEEN+Pumpkin+Stack+E+Pattern+-+primitive+banner+decor+prim+spider+email+vintage+PDF+grubby+decoration+party+2012

 ANGRY... the owl by "Il Mondo delle Nuvole"
 BEAULAH witch Halloween spook recycled light bulb instant download pdf prim chick acrylic painting pattern 733 p by "prim chick designs by lisa robinson
Bat Bowl Fillers, Ornies and Wands Fall & Halloween Dolls-SPPO Flying Batz by "Sew Prim Pattern Originals"

Monday, October 06, 2014

Edith Flack Ackley

 Up Date on one of mine and many other doll makers favorite "Doll Maker" :

Edith Flack Ackley

But before I  begin  I want to invite you  to come join

Edith Flack Ackley Cloth Dolls

Yahoo Doll Group


Our small group is a celebration of dollmaker Edith Flack Ackley. Some of us collect old EFA dolls and some of us make new EFA dolls and some of us ..

 I promise you you will be amazed at the warmth, love we all share for EFA Dolls and creating them, The talent will blow your socks off!!

Edith Flack Ackley  Wengenroth Born : June 6, 1887 t o November 28, 1970
residence: Greenport, Suffolk, NY
Edith Flack Ackley a legend now and in her own time.

Dedicating remembrance here on my blog to my favorite cloth doll maker Edith Flack Ackley a cloth doll designer and maker. 
Inspiration to cloth doll-makers now, past, and future generations yet to come.

Edith Ackley has inspired so many artists/dollmakers since the publication of her first books and patterns. Edith's dolls and patterns have their very own extremely distinctive style ,
Even yet today 70+ years later...this special woman and her dolls, and patterns still hold their extremely distinctive style
I first discovered her book  when purchasing her
My good friend Linda Johnson, also introduced me to her own EFA dolls that she created,
Miniature Edith Flack Ackley Twin Cloth Dolls -- Only 4 Inches!
Sara Cole's EFA dolls...
here is a nice web site that will give you all kinds of info about the designer and her wonderful dolls http://www.ragdollroom.com/

EDITH FLACK ACKLEY, Wife , Mother , Designer , Teacher , Pattern Designer,
Author , of several books and magazines
"Paper Dolls, Their History and How to Make Them"
"Dolls to Make for Fun and Profit"
"A Doll Shop of Your Own"
"Holiday Cards For You to Make"
"How to Make Marionettes"
'For a Little Girl's Christmas', from the 1934 Woman's Home Companion magazine
Just think about it ... doll makers from young ones just learning to sew and creating their very first cloth dolls, 

to young ones at age of eighty using her designs for more than 70 + years!!
EFA dolls are still going strong , showing no sign of slowing down !
From Edith " quote"I have had in mind those women in homes all over the country, who like to sew and make things and
who would like to earn a little extra money".
from A Doll Shop Of Your Own, p. ix"

Her dolls on any given day or holiday are always sooo very special, 
EFA dolls are one of my personal favorite dolls to create,

Each new year I create a new special holiday EFA Doll... 
It has become a family tradition,
My EFA dolls are not always created for Christmas, but for all holidays and even special family events,
I create EFA dolls through out the year for pure enjoyment , relaxation , 

Great place to get your own EFA patterns
Vintage  Gatherings ( My personal favorite place to shop!)

email Fran @ franbanas@aol.com

Mouth watering  OoOoing and aweing @

Edith Flack Ackley created the cloth doll patterns that inspired me to learn sew! Cloth dolls are a first love for me and this style is one of  my favorites !.
Hope you have enjoyed  this article of a wonderful Doll Maker from years ago.. "Symple Tymes" that we still love and enjoy today!  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hand Made 19th C. Rag Doll

I so fell in love with this real antique cloth doll.They called her Primitive but in my opinion
she is not Primitive, She is Vintage.The info on her:

Antique Primitive Hand Made 19th C. Rag Doll

Approx.18" 19th C. rag doll. This unique old hand made doll once belonged to a very clean and careful family 
 She has a somewhat sparse wig of human hair. It's very clean and was stitched and woven to her head I think she may have had a bonnet at one time. 

Her body is cotton or linen (?) and in excellent condition with some stain spots and soiling to hands and face. Body is completely hand stitched by a wonderful seamstress as the stitches are very evenly spaced 
I believe the body is stuffed with rags. Wonderful old cotton dress  obviously made for her, which is largely hand stitched with some machine stitch at hem. 
Slip is also hand and machine stitched.

 Her face simple, But you know how Loved she must have been!!
Maybe her face was added at a later dated...
 I love how her body is created
 I LOVE studying REAL Antique Cloth Doll bodies
I do think her hair is real or horse hair

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Making My Vintage Style Doll

Just wanted to share the progress of my Vintage Style Doll. 

I have worked kinda like a hit and miss with her..Been making "Mug Rugs " for swaps, Just taking a break and using wonderful bright colors and learn to Quilt along the way.
my Vintage Style Doll has my heart, She speaks to me, I have fallen in-love with her, 
I select a time when it is just her and me and then I work on her.I feel she is going to be really special..Funny thing is I have never felt so strongly before about one of my dolls.Yes we as Doll makers always put our Love and hearts in to creating and feeling the Joy when they come to life!
This Gal is my keeper for sure..She will have a special and meaningful name.. Thanks for look!