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Hello doll lovers! This blog was created to tell you about dolls I have made and classes I teach on doll making at Attic Window Quilt Shop in Comstock Park, Michigan (a suburb of Grand Rapids). My goal in teaching is to pass on the love of making heirloom quality dolls. Most of the dolls I make (and hold classes for) are designed by Gail Wilson - visit her website at . Page down my blog for some fun doll links including antique doll sites and hard to find doll supplies.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Accidently on Purpose

Gail Wilson's Pincushion doll with a few tweaks
You know how it goes, right?  You make the bodice a bit bigger because in the past you have issues with clothing being a tight fit (you stuffed a bit too much). Then come to find out, you should have just left it alone and it would have fit perfect.  Then you add some darts in the bottom to fit it better and then the top half is just a tad to big.  To fix that, you add a bust with some roving laying around on the crafting table (see, there is a reason for not putting it away so fast).  And you gather up the top of the lace and voila, you have tweaked your creation to stand out from all the others.  Accidently on purpose. 

While you are checking everything over,  you hear that little voice say "I'd like a belt please".  So you pull out your tiny buckles  -  a treasure you found while on errands.  This is why you always keep your eyes peeled; searching for good doll sized items because you never know when those little voices are going to pipe up. 

 While you are poking thru the doll treasures box, the little voice leans over and says,  "Hey, doing anything with those keys"?  So you add some keys and even a small pair of scissors to the mix.  She might need those scissors and keys when she finds her new home.

  Finding that just right shade of pink in felt can sometimes be an issue.  Sounds like a good excuse to visit my favorite fabric store. They have a very large stock of felt and wool felt in a wide range of colors. 

And a lady always needs a hat. Sometimes with braids, or flowers, or feathers and sometimes with them all!

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Thanks for visiting  - Julie


  1. She looks great! I smile and recognize myself in 'accident by purpose'- I think that's the reason I like doll making so much. You sometimes make mistakes that in the end turned out to be that little 'extra'. As the fact with your bodice here. Her bust is just right on her. Especially together with her belt and keys. It gives her a robust matron/housekeeper look.
    I took your advice and have ordered some stuffingtools and also stuffing from Gail Wilson. It will be interesting to see if I can get my 'wrinkle' problems solved (without Botox!). Monica

  2. I'm sure you will love the tools from Gail. And her wool roving is the best deal anywhere. If you have a GW kit or pattern, the stuffing instructions are very good with pictures, etc. Happy doll making!

  3. Delightful doll and post, Julie. It happens like this a lot :-)



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