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A DOLL FOR DISNEY ~ In early 2001, I was asked to do a doll for the Disney movie, "Tuck Everlasting." The doll originally was to have an important role and my mission was to make three of the same doll - the first was to be worn, but as if in the present time of the movie (1820); the second was to be very tattered and look as if she were 100 years old and the last was to be used in a house fire into which Sissy Spacek, playing the mother, runs to rescue the doll because it is so dear to her. When the movie finally came out in fall of 2002, the doll is only a prop on a shelf, but for me it did not really matter because I considered the challenge so great that when I finished with more success than I felt possible, that became my real reward. The real task for me was not just making a rag doll of the times with the qualifications handed to me (only brown for colors and real hair), but to create one which clearly had the stamp of endearing on her and to take my aging techniques into new territory such that it would be hard to really tell that the doll was not old. Her reception at shows proved I was right, for everyone was drawn to her even when they knew nothing of her connection to a movie. Favorite details are her wispy hair, sweet countenance and her worn shoes. Kits and finished dolls no longer available.

Patterns and Instructions are available (includes face stencil) $18 Add to Cart


~ This will make a pair of 10" painted cloth child dolls in a newly worked pattern of a style I am coming to think of as one of the best for a fairly uncomplicated cloth doll with a fully three-dimensional look. Faces are to be outlined with iron-on transfers and hair is a series of templates and brush technique. The charm of this pair of dolls comes from their small size, the added interest of a boy and girl pair and of course the wonderful clothing taken entirely from Kate Greenaway illustrations of the late 1800's. This is a doll you will want to make over and over. Pattern includes sets of iron-on faces. PDF patterns will have iron-on faces sent by letter mail.

Patterns (Including iron-on faces) $18 Add to Cart
Additional Iron-On Faces (10) $1Add to Cart

NEW ~ Kate Greenaway PDF Patterns including Iron-on Faces (iron-on faces sent separately by mail included in price). $21 Add to Cart

Finished Dolls no longer available.

Historical Folk Dolls ~ Original Series of Kits Now Patterns
I am turning all of the older and discontinued Historical Folk Doll Kits into Patterns, beginning in random order. As I do this, we are making up a small number of kitted sets of each one, so for a limited time, there will be kitted sets at special prices of each of the dolls as they come back to life as patterns. Each kitted set comes with the newly converted patterns or you can order just the patterns without supplies.

If you are wanting any of the Historical Folk Dolls which are not listed below, and only need/want the printed patterns and instructions, they may be ordered here as follows:

HFD #2 - 15" Doll with appliqued woolen hair $18 Add to Cart
HFD #4 - Set of 12" Girl and Boy Amish Dolls $18 Add to Cart
HFD #5 - 14" 3-Dimensional Cloth Doll with Wig $18 Add to Cart
HFD #7 - 16" Cloth Primitive Queen Anne $18 Add to Cart
HFD #8 - 18" Topsy Turvy Doll with embroidered hair $18 Add to Cart
HFD #9 - 15" Set Boy and Girl with embroidered hair $18 Add to Cart

Historical Folk Doll with Primitive Hands (Old HFD #1)- Features a 14" doll with primitive hands. The fingers are individual, but not as hard as it would seem if the special technique is followed (uses hemostats - sold on Supplies page) which enables sewers to turn tiny things right side out with ease. Or, a simpler alternative hand pattern is supplied. She has a dyed mohair wig and elaborate clothing with high button shoes. Very much worth the extra work to make her.

New Pattern Only $18 Add to Cart

Finished Dolls no longer available.


Historical Folk Dolls ~ Home-Made Raggedy Girl and Boy (Old HFD #6)- This used to be two kits and now both dolls are combined in one set. These 14" dolls represent the many home-made versions of the famous Raggedy Dolls that were made and sold commercially beginning in 1918.

New Pattern Only $18 Add to Cart

NOTE: See the Supplies page for more of the cotton yarn hair and buttons for eyes used in the original GW dolls. (Still available)

Finished Dolls no longer available.

Historical Folk Doll ~ Primitive Doll with Hand-stitched Hair - This is a 15" primitive doll originally designed as a class doll exemplifying some of the most important details of primitive cloth dolls. The techniques to make her are ones I have been evolving toward since beginning with cloth dolls many years ago. When the instructions are followed, she will genuinely look old and worn. Her hand-stitched hair and simple face and stitched fingers make her a pleasurable doll to make and her dress, slip, tucked pantaloons and easy shoes are very much what may have been done in the 1800's.

New Instructions & Pattern Only $18 Add to Cart
Finished Dolls no longer available.

Historical Folk Doll Flat Bottom Black Doll (Old HFD #3) - No collection of American folk dolls would be complete without some Black dolls. This one is a 13" flat-bottomed style doll whose ample figure is dressed in old reds. Her cookie jar shape is accomplished with a wooden base supplied with the pattern and her facial features are embroidered.

Pattern Plus (includes her wooden base) $20 Add to Cart
Finished Dolls no longer available.

THE NEW YORK DOLL (Old HFD #11) - This was the first of the discontinued Historical Folk Doll Series of Kits to become an enhanced pattern (means it has more stuff than just paper). Includes the same complete patterns, instructions, gift tag, face stencil and tiny turning tube for fingers plus her little ring (besides her unusual embroidered face and hair, this well known doll also wears a tiny ring on one of her fingers). You supply fabrics, stuffing, notions.

Pattern plus $20 Add to Cart
Finished Dolls no longer available.

Historical Folk Doll Set of 3 Dolls 17" Izannah Walker Folk Type
(Old HFD #10)
- There are few cloth dolls with quite as much charm and presence as the dolls made by Izannah Walker in the last half of the 1800’s. The dolls themselves are so rare and costly that only a few museums and very fortunate individuals have them, but they are certainly at the top of any list of early cloth dolls that admirers wish to see. Her dolls had heads that were molded in two parts in cloth and then covered with a cotton stockinette, for which Izannah is the first woman to hold a US patent (obtained in 1873), I felt that this collection would be incomplete without a simple one that could be sewn at home from patterns and easy techniques. My version adopts the very round head which is sewn of stockinette with applied ears and a raised stitched nose. The demure countenance is accomplished by special pattern transfers and painting techniques to make it easy for non-painters to achieve the look. Body construction is like most real Izannah’s with the same hour-glass shape torso, separately attached thumbs and painted on shoes. Of course the clothing is also typical of the times in which these dolls were originally made. The cat is a period toy sometimes seen in primitive portraits of children from which it is thought that Izannah took her painting style.

Pattern Set 3 $28 Add to Cart
Finished Dolls no longer available.


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