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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Black NY doll

Hello Dollmakers, Happy first day of August to you.  Gee, the summer is flying away and I have not yet finished my goal of listing 3 new dolls on my Etsy site.  It seems that the dolls that were there have found new homes and my shop shelves are bare.   
I guess that means I beat the heat and stay in and finish my Gail Wilson New York Doll - the black version.  She has locks of springy black cotton chenille hair and an embroidered face.  I'm wondering if I need to redo the irises in a darker brown color, which is very easy to do.....what's your two cents worth on the subject?

She has separate fingers with a simple ring.  My goal for the day is to make her shoes; everything else is finished - her red red dress of vintage fabric (Thanks Lisa of Stray Threads for the vintage fabric, her simple slip with a fringe hem, the pantaloons,  her brown socks - it's all finished except to sew her together, dress her, and put on her shoes.  I need to get the fuzz off from making her hair - lots of little pieces of yarn sticking to her.

In case you are interested in the white version, I have one sitting on my chest of drawers and can share some pictures.  This one was made during a Gail Wilson online class years ago.  I have made quite a few of the NY dolls.

I sanded down her fingers to make her look old, but won't do this on the black version as the stuffing shows through too light.

You can see information about Gail Wilson's New York Doll at:

To visit Etsy:    my shop is Julsie1231

Thanks for stopping by - Julie
ps - next up in my workroom are two black Hitties

Gail Wilson dolls I have made

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