Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Portrait Dolls by Victoria DiPietro

 Katheryn Josephine in her many wigs

I have an exciting project in the works!  I've been asked by doll artist Victoria Di Pietro (see her Flickr photostream here) to collaborate with her on a doll design CD to be offered this coming Spring.  Victoria designs and creates some of the loveliest dolls in cloth and paper clay that I have ever seen.  And her costuming skills are equally impressive. 

Katheryn Josephine, above, is a working model of the Portrait Doll that Victoria envisions.  My contributions to the endeavor are the crocheted wig designs that Katy Jo is modeling, and some easy crochet garments yet to be created.

Anita Marie, with a wig of Tibetan lamb

This is Anita Marie, sister to Katy Jo, also created by Victoria.  Victoria also crafted her wonderful wig, from Tibetan lamb.  All of the wigs are removable, thanks to a crochet cap as the base.  Simple double sided tape secures the wig to the head.

You can see, in both of these wonderful dolls, Victoria's amazing costuming skills.   Clothing patterns by Victoria, and crochet patterns by moi.

 Anita Marie and Katheryn Josephine, beautifully crafted by Victoria DiPietro

This doll is created in craft velour, with the head sculpted in paper clay.   This is a beautiful doll from within and without.  A Portrait Doll, to create in the image that you envision.

I hope this has piqued you interest in this unique doll.  Stay tuned for further developments :-)


  1. How fascinating! Looks like fun, too! I look forward to seeing more. :)

  2. My jaw dropped. I am still trying to close it. Those are incredibly gorgeous dolls, with equally exquisite hair!

  3. Congrats! Your wigs make the dolls come to life. I'm very happy for you and will stay tuned to see how things go.

    Happy New Year!

  4. Beth, sounds like a fun project. Looking forward to seeing more on the project.

  5. Thank you so much, Lois, Risurocket, Bama, and Just Ming, for your great words :-) Victoria's dolls really are jaw dropping...check out her Flickr photostream for other amazing dolls she has made.

    I'm pretty happy the way the wigs turned out as well :-)

    Have a great New Year, friends!


  6. Wow! I thought they were actually vintage dolls! So pretty! And the wigs? Very lovely! I wish I had your talent, Beth! But I DON'T so I will keep coming over here admiring what YOU do! And I will also go and peek at Victoria's Flickr photostream! I've missed you since your last post (spoiled Kai) & want to wish you a healthy, productive, creative New Year filled with love!

  7. Aw, thanks for the great words, Kai! Hope you have a wonderful New Year as well, as you help to keep the Christmas spirit alive all the year long :-)


  8. A Happy New Year 2012! Gott Nytt År! Feliz Año Nuevo! Bonne Année ! Ein glückliches Neues Jahr ! С Новым годом! Hyvää uutta vuotta kaikille!

  9. Bonjour Beth,

    C'est avec un très grand plaisir que j'ai parcouru votre blog.
    Avez-vous une new letter où je pourrai m'inscrire pour suivre avec bonheur ce que vous faites.
    Je vous remercie

  10. Bonjour Georgette ! Merci de vos mots aimables. Si vous faites descendre l'écran le blog assez loin, vous trouverez un endroit où vous pouvez suivre ce blog. J'espère que Yahoo Babelfish traduit ceci ainsi vous pouvez le comprendre ! Beth