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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 www.gailwilsondesigns.com . Page down my blog for some fun doll links including antique doll sites and hard to find doll supplies.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Happy Holidays

Hi dollmakers!  Happy Holidays to you and yours.  I hope this holiday season finds you enjoying the season.  Things have been hopping around here!  This fall we held week long doll bees to finish some of the dolls we had been working on during the year.    We all had multiple versions of Gail Wilson's Columbian doll in the works.  Some were the large ones, and several of the smaller versions.  I still have three in the gesso stage, waiting for paint paint and then clothing.  I was hoping to have them finished and posted in my Etsy shop in time for Christmas....maybe I can make my own home bee and get them finished this week. There are a few black Hitties that are waiting facial details, stuffing, and clothing too.  I think I know what my new year's resolution is going to be!

The original antique Columbian doll resides at the Wenham Museum near Boston, MA.  You can read her story here: http://www.wenhammuseum.org/misscol.html

Gail Wilson's versions of the Columbian (available in kit form for the larger 14" doll and pattern for the 11" doll) doll are available here: http://www.gailwilsondesigns.com/catalog/historic_primitive_2.html
(page down a bit to see the Columbians)


Here are some of the  Columbians made by  Barb this year. She has some of her other dolls in her Etsy store.
 http://www.etsy.com/shop/BarbsBackRoom



I also took some time to develop a chicken pincushion pattern that uses 3 blocks.  You can use orphan blocks if you wish.  The pattern walks you thru how to make a small pincushion with a log cabin  block.  The patterns are available in my etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Julsie1231

 
Next year, the doll classes scheduled at Attic Window are the portrait style woven cloth Izannah Walker doll (Thursdays in Jan. and Feb. 2013)  and the Pincushion doll (Thursdays in March and April 2013).  If you have already taken the pincushion doll class at Attic Window with me, you can retake it for a reduced bee fee of $5.00 for the whole month of Thursdays.  (we usually meet every Thursday).
Come and join us - we have so much fun!

Gail Wilson dolls I have made

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