Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dollys Dollys Dollys

I have been working working working ~ and thought I would share one of my more traditional, primitive 18th century Queen Anne dollys with you. I have made her special for Christmas and used only antique bits for her wardrobe, which are all fully removable for play , and include knit stockings, silke garters, little matching latchet buckled high heel shoes, petticoat, drefs, little stole and bonnet. I really Love making dollys!

Click on the picture to make it bigger, and you can appreciate the red top stitching on the back seams of her drefs. I made her bonnet out of a precious c1820 bit of hand embroidered sleeve cuff, with a mull crown.
'Dollye Bonnet' wears several strands of the absolute weensiest 1mm genuine turquoise beads around her neck, and antique brass ear bobs. As with many years of play on the original dollys, poor thing has bumped and chipped off the tip of her nose....I think it adds much character to her winsome portrait.....and her c1840 antique glass eyes

I love her primitive profile, very simple. I made her gown from the most perfect late 18th to early 19th c red toile. There are so many wonderfully reproduced cotton prints at the quilt markets, that do give a correct period impression, but there is just no substitute for the charm and aura a thing of age acquires over its years

I am working on another primitive Queen Anne dolly especially for my ETSY store, so if you like Dollye Bonnet, I think you will really like 'Pet Nelly', and hope you'll check back to meet her soon!
In the means, I wish you all a Very. Merry. Christmas!


Sandra Evertson said...

Did you hear that?
It was a great big S I G H !
Sandra Evetrtson

Gustav Augusta said...

Simply adorable!I gave you a blog award,go and see my blog!
yours,Gustav Augusta

Flor Larios Art said...

Hi rachael,
Beautifful doll!
Happy Holidays from,

Heather said...

Oh, how lovely and striking she is! Another masterpiece!~

Julie said...

Rachael, She is beautiful. wishing you and your family a very Merry christmas, Julie

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

What a beauty she is!! I love her necklace!
Merry Christmas darlin'!! :> )

Christine LeFever said...

OMG! I just added a "primitive" Queen Anne to my website and had no idea that you were calling yours primitive. Small minds, same gutter?

She is exquisite Rachael. Absolutely beautiful!

Christine ~ Zwee!!!!!!!!

Rachael Kinnison said...

Thankyou for the kinde words~ I appreciate it!
You make me laugh Christine! I call her Primitive, because she has a more simple, primitive face~ more like the early style 18th dollys. No ONE person can ever lay claim to a style like that~ so DONT worry Dear!!!! I LOOOOVE Primitives and am going to look at your beautious girl right NOW!
xoxoxoxo Rachael

Suzanne said...

How pretty and primitive she is! Another beauty...looking forward to seeing Pet Nelly too!
Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Just poppin' in to wish you and your family a blessed and merry Christmas!! :> )