For centuries women have used cloth as a tool of comfort and as an expression of beauty within their homes. Creating cloth for warmth, cloth for shelter, our female predecessors embellished these linens with hand stitch using laborious and time consuming techniques thereby enhancing the functional beauty of objects which enveloped and protected their families. Inspired by these women I hope my creations pay tribute to and recognise the devotion expressed in cloth by our female ancestors .

''the use of traditional often time consuming process alludes to the devotion of a mother''. c K. A. Ruane 2007

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This little lady is wearing her party dress

Here she is, my second Plantation Doll. I tell you what, I have a feeling this is going to become an addiction, doll number three is already underway! (Jenny...I PROMISE I will make for July!! PROMISE) This little lady is much more flamboyant then her sister, her silk dress is really very pretty with tiny embroiderd 'wheel thingy's' ( I don't know what they are called!!) and applique using vintage cloth. She is also a little bit taller than her sister. Along the edge of her dress there are matching fabric beads. I tied these on as opposed to sewing them, I find tying really therepeutic and I like the finish, little knots on the back of the work.
She even has a little embroidered hair band. Again, there is no face. I actually prefer it that way, it gives her an air of innocence. I have put her in the shop this evening.
Back in the real world, as opposed to doll world where I aspire to live, it has been really hectic.
James foot seems to be improving fingers crossed and thanks for all the good wishes. I am becoming an expert at bandaging and strapping after every shower. Work has been SOOOOOO busy, or maybe it's because it's the first week back after a long break, whichever, I'm exhausted! And all I want to do is stay home and make dolls. This weekend it's three days off because of the Bank Holiday and I am so looking forward to it. One day for the house and two for embroidery. I have so many e-mails to answer and comments to respond to and I promise I will, work just seems to take over, I'm sure you know how it is. So I wish you all a fantastic week, happy stitching, creating, whatever it is that gets you ''there'' you know what I mean. x


Miss 376 said...

She is absolutely delightful, I love the arms too. I could sit and look at her for hours

MargB said...

yes these are absolutely magic. I can remember making these (not nearly as beautiful, of course)with my father's handkerchiefs as a child - along with peg dolls - always had to have a mixed family!

sparkle jars said...

This second doll has such a sweet personality with all of the "wheely thingies"! :-)

Hotter Than... said...

She's beautiful. gorgeous work as always.

Elizabeth said...

A gorgeous lady she is, a delight to look at.

Enjoy your three day break!!!

méri said...

Only a word in my short English knowledge comes to my mind whenever I see your work: EXQUISITE!
This is wonderful, Karen!

Hope your son's foot is well now and so your leg!
Take care!

connie said...

She is so very sweet. I love the colors of thread. I hope you have an incredible 3 days off. Enjoy.

Victoria said...

Your dolls are enchanting! All the embroidered details... I can see them being passed down for generations. And who would have known how addicting doll making could be? ... Certainly not me, as of just several months ago... but now it is all I want to do!

Good to hear your son's foot is mending nicely!
Enjoy your break!

Diane said...

Beautiful work. Love the edging. These little gals are so sweet Karen!

Tammie Lee said...

Oh my goodness, this is so charming!