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

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 @

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!  


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How interesting. Thanks for all of the good links, too. I have collected dolls for years but have just recently started making dolls. It sure is fun and rewarding. Hugs!

SympleTymes Cloth Art By Sherrie Nordgren said...

well come on over to the EFA will have fun!!

carla said...

Hi Sherrie!!!! Thank You!!!! Your post is wonderful!!!! I love the EFAs now!!!! I did join the yahoo group!!!! Once I saw your post and started to look at the dolls I realized that this was the doll my grandmother made for us girls when we were little!!!! Some how I had been missing out seeing them!!!! The dolls my grandmother made is what got me started making dolls only I did not ever find one to make like she had till now!!!! Thanks so much!!!!