An Introduction...

Welcome to my new blogspot...and to start, a little about my journey here...

I have a background in costume design and I have been making dolls for many years. My recent creations have been cloth dolls inspired by antique dolls and my family history (another of my favourite pastimes). I also love creating anything with fabric and I'm enjoying experimenting with different styles and designing unique items.

In this blog I will share doll info, tips and tricks that I have learnt over the years and also pics and even a few patterns, so please check back often to see what's new....

Monday, 21 November 2011


I've been having great fun at the local craft fairs and even remembered my camera for one of them! I'll be adding a new space for fairs I'm attending, so if you're in the area, pop in for a visit..we'd love to meet you!

All is merry and bright...

Elephants suggested by hubby...very occasionally they do have good ideas! I decided to use bright colours for this one and I'm really pleased with the finished result.

Another day...another raggedy

After days of really gloomy weather I needed to make something to brighten things up..and what better way than to make a springtime raggedy..and we haven't even got to the winter weather, yet!

A pretty face...

This little gal has been very much sought after...she's now on her way to her new home in America...and I'm now needing to make another four...I just hope they turn out to be as cute as this one!

More heirloom dolls

A couple more of the completed heirloom dolls...I'm really pleased with these and they've had lots of interest at the fairs.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Antique Style Heirloom Doll

I've just completed this new heirloom doll and I'm really pleased with the way she's turned out. I tend to tea stain the dolls after I have assembled them. I use a brush and paint it on, then hang them on the line outside to dry (I sometimes wonder what the neighbours must think!), this gives a less even coverage than if I soaked the fabric before sewing as in some areas the stuffing inside soaks up some of the liquid, but I love the look of the aged patina and it means that all of the stitching has the same aged look too.

My new stand..

I found this stand in IKEA for £5.99! It's all metal and packs flat so should be fairly easy to transport and it's ideal for displaying all of my hanging ornaments. What a find...and a bargain too!

Preparing for the fairs...

I have three Christmas fairs coming up over the next few weeks and I didn't want to take just dolls as this limits my selling, so I've also been working on lots of new ideas to take with me. I especially like the way the cupcakes have worked out and they are so easy to make...just felt with rhinestones added for a little sparkle.