The Line-Up Continues

As promised, I've more ladies to show you.  This first one is Jenny Lind by Goebel.  Jenny Lind was an opera singer also known as the "Swedish Nightingale" and was one of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century.  I didn't realize when I started collecting half dolls that so many were made to commemorate real people.
 

There are also half dolls that represent different countries.  I was lucky to find this one, a Hungarian gypsy.  She is extremely detailed.
 

Finally today is this Spanish lady.  There is an elusive model that I've bid on several times and lost.  This one is pretty in her own right but I can't wait to show you the other one!  One day, maybe I will.
 

Kathy Shaw's Basic Crazy Quilt Class

In order to try to get back into doing crazy quilting again, I took Kathy's basic class. I really had to push myself to keep up but managed to finally finish the block. I was surprised how much I enjoyed doing it and that I learned so much. I also finished her required 101 intermediate course so am set to go for some of the embellishment classes she offers. Here is my finished block from the Basic class. The bow needs to go but that little area needs something and I'm stumped for now.
 

Thank you, Kathy!!
 

 

Half Doll Overload

I've been keeping really busy lately.  I've been slowly selling my website leftover stock on Facebook, taking crazy quilt lessons online with Kathy Shaw, and happily adding to my half doll collection.  Since I won't be finishing most of them, I thought you'd be interested in seeing some of them the way they'll probably be as long as I have them.  I knew when I started this collection that there were hundreds, if not more, but have been amazed at the variety as well.  I'm a collector at heart so am loving finding them, online currently, but looking forward to the doll show season to start.  
 
This first one is the largest one I've found and is 7" tall.  I can only imagine the difficulty the maker had in applying those pretty arms and sleeve ruffles.
 

This is one of the few I've bought that is finished.  Look at those arms and the wonderful hat she's wearing.  I would never have thought of using feathers and beads for a skirt. 
 


Finally today, this is a very nicely done reproduction.  She is painted like the antique would have been and no flowers, gold, etc. added by the doll artist.  I'm sure a lot of people would be fooled by her.  I guess that's where my doll making past will, and has, come in handy.  I am happy to have her in my collection anyway.
 

I have lots left to share with you.  Please check back!

In the Pink

Pat, whose blog is Bird Nest on the Ground (http://birdnestontheground.blogspot.com/), had a post about pink a few days ago.  I thought I would follow suit and show you some of the pink things I've accumulated along the way.  I'd love to see what pink items you can bring together to show.  Be sure to include your blog address in a comment below so that I and others can take a look.  Don't forget to visit Pat's blog as well.  She's a very creative person and a wonderful blogger.

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GROW YOUR BLOG!

grow your blog 2015

Welcome to my blog and thank you for taking part in the party!

My name is Maureen Greeson, greesonma@cox.net.  This blog is primarily to have a place to show what I've been working on.  My current obsession is collecting half dolls, very few of which I have finished into pin cushion dolls.  After an off year (2014) I am finally getting back into my favorite stitching, crazy quilting.  I find it relaxing as long as I keep it easy and quick to do.  My attention span doesn't allow for embroidery that requires a lot of time.  Somehow, I do manage to finish things.  Following are a few of my completed projects.  Please wander through some of the back posts and thank you so much for stopping by.

Pansy Wall Hanging

Japanease Wall Hanging

Wall Hanging

Square

Half Doll Pink

Half Doll Green

Half Doll Hanging

New Year Redo!!!

My half doll obsession is continuing but I haven't been able to get past the proportions this doll ended up with. You'll recognize her from an earlier post where I mentioned having put her on a wooden form that I ordered when I bought the doll. It made her much, much too tall. I put her in the back row of my group of half dolls but she still stood there looking like Lurch in a silk dress and glaring at me for having done that to her. So, long story short, I took her apart and made her petite! What do you think?

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I used a pattern for her pin cushion skirt based on an antique drawing. I streamlined it and, with her permission, I combined it with techniques from Shirley Bligh's pattern. Please click here for the patterns. I have worked out five sizes and it should be easy for you to enlarge the pieces or make other "in between" sizes if you need them.

Following are two more half dolls that I've added to my collection. Many of the dolls have beautiful, and sometimes elaborate, bonnets. The one on the left is an antique.  Her bonnet consists of three colors and she also has a snood.  This totally covers her hair in the back.

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The half doll on the right was made by doll artist Hendrika Smith of Australia and was cast from a mold made from an antique.  The original probably only had a bonnet with feathers but Henny added the roses and gold high lights.  I hate to really call some of these beautiful dolls reproductions as they are more than that. They would be so much easier for the doll artist to do if they were, as the painting on an antique is usually more simple.  As you can see from the photo, the newer ones are more elaborately done with added flowers, decals, real gold, and vibrant paint. These newer dolls also take more firings than the antiques did in order to get the desired finish. I love the antiques for their simplicity and the new ones for their tasteful glitz...does that make sense?? 

Shirley Bligh - A Pattern Shared

If you've thought of finishing a pin cushion doll, Shirley Bligh of Australia has generously shared her own design for the pin cushion skirt with all of us.  You can size it down or up depending on what you need for the half doll you're finishing.  It's so nice as the top of the skirt has been designed to better take the bulk away from the tiny waists.  Click on this link(https://sites.google.com/site/maureensdownloads/) to download two pages which give you the pattern and easy instructions.

The following photo is Shirley's creation that she made some time ago using her skirt pattern.  This pin cushion doll is one of the prettiest I've seen. Her blog is http://stitchesandlife.blogspot.com/.
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This photo is of a new half doll that I finished using Shirley's pattern.  This matronly lady was made by the Mundial Company of Belgium.  She is so different I couldn't resist her.  A butterfly is sitting on her arm.
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In the photos below, I thought I'd show you an antique half doll and a reproduction of the same doll.  Here is the antique that reminded me of the movie "Thoroughly Modern Millie" with her cloche hat.  This one hasn't had her hair bobbed yet!  Flappers and other 1920s gals are pretty common in the half doll realm.
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So many of the gifted doll artists I've been buying from are in Australia.  I'm starting to think there must be something in the water there!!  This little beauty was made by Carole V. Lyons.  She has reproduced the antique with her own spin with added decals and tiny handmade flowers.   I actually prefer her over the antique because she is so delicate looking.  Tidbit:  Reproductions are about 20% smaller than the antique as the porcelain shrinks during firing. 
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Since I'm talking about 1920's style half dolls, here are a couple more of my favorites.  The first is an antique.  She has a lusterware blouse which is a metallic glaze that appears iridescent.  So pretty.  Don't you love the ermine stand-up collar and the color combination the painter used?
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This stunning lady is new and, again, a product of the Mundial Company in Belgium.
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