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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Charlotte

























Thursday, November 26, 2009

Hand Carved Wooden Dolls



I'm pleased to announce that one of my wooden Queen Anne Style dolls will be featured in Art Doll Quarterly this May, 2010

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Caroline Grodnertal is now finished




Here are some photos of Caroline in her pretty cotton pink tapestry dress. She wears a lovely little bit of antique lace sewn into an apron.





Monday, July 6, 2009

Madeleine

Madeleine is based upon the Grodnertal or Groden Tal dolls of the 19th century. These dolls' hair were painted with curliques and arabesques framing their pretty little faces. These dolls predate the simpler, cruder peg-woodens.








Note the low neckline to show off the painted flowers. She has inset black pupil-less glass eyess and is about 21 inches tall not counting her wooden stand. Her dress is high waisted as was the style in the early 19th century. It is made of a lace trimmed blue cotton print.


Like her predecessor, the Queen Anne, Madeleine's head and torso are turned on the lathe and then the features of her face are hand carved. The little bun atop of Madeleine's head is also formed on the lathe. I am especially fond of the Grodner Tal doll because I can use the painting skills I have acquired over many years as an artist.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Isobel
















I found this old Eldredge treadle at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago. It was covered in rust and all the parts were frozen. But I could see it was a real old treadle head. The girl who was selling it told me she had the old cabinet but it was not for sale. She was using it as a "wedging" table for her clay pots. She offered to show it to me even though she said she would not sell it. I immediately fell in love with it and knew I had to have it. She hemmed and hawed but finally agreed I could have it for $100.00. She seemed quite surprised when I immediately agreed.



I took the machine to a sewing machine repair place and the guy told me to throw it out; it was worthless. At first I was a little downcast but then decided to put the machine back in the cabinet and give it a go with a little oil, some tender loving care and a hammer too to knock some of the rust off. Here she is, about two weeks later cabinet and machine which now runs beautifully reunited. Isobel's dress was sewn on this machine.















It really is one of the most beautiful sewing machine cabinets I have ever seen.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Molly Crabapple

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Alice Elizabeth is on her way to her new home to join her sister Clara.






Sunday, January 18, 2009

Queen Anne Style Wooden Dolls






If you would like to get in touch with me please email me thecameoqueen@gmail.com






It was a fateful day that I stumbled upon an example of a marvelous Queen Anne Style Wooden doll. Immediately I fell in love with her and decided to try to make one too. Little did I know then what a challenge I had set myself up for.
I've spent most of my life studying and creating art but I had no idea how difficult it was going be to capture the charm, the elegance and the simplicity of the Queen Anne.

So much has to do with the high forehead and the huge, beautifully cut out pupilless black eyes. And then there are the fabulous 18th Century dresses. I never thought of myself as much of a seamstress even though I've been sewing since I was 18 years old. Here's a photo of my old Brooklyn Edison. I bought it years ago in NYC for $30 from a street peddlar.



I've used newer machines but this trusty old thing has never failed me.

I so admire the work of other doll artists who have been able to capture the charm and beauty of antique Queen Annes. There are not many of them and they are a very special group. Each one brings his and her own unique interpretation to this lovely lady.