Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lillian Hopewell

Lillian Hopewell is a young woman of the 1890's.  Graduated from Wilberforce College in 1893 with a B.S. mathematics, she is about to begin her first day of teaching.  She is nervous, confident, and excited; she knows that to teach is to touch the future.

One way that she personally wants to touch the future is to buy one of the new safety bicycles.  Imagine, being able to travel under your own power at 10 miles per hour!  

Lillian's mother came to Zanesville, OH in 1863 as a teenager, in the company of her aunt and uncle along the Underground Railroad.  In Zaneville she met Lillian's father, who owned a small dry goods store.  After a lengthy courtship, they married, and Lillian was born in 1870.  Their only child, and most beloved.

Patterns for Lillian's first day at school suit:

China Doll dickey

China Doll Gibson Girl skirt

China Doll Gibson Girl jacket


Lillian Hopewell, from the knit China Doll pattern by Sarah Elizabeth Kellner


15 comments:

  1. Beth! As always another winner the outfit and doll are absolutely gorgeous another on my to do list.

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  2. You make the most beautiful dolls. It doesn't seem to matter if you sew them or crochet them, they are ALL beautiful.

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  3. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Sandra and Typs :-)

    Warmly,

    Beth

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  4. I delighted in Lillian's story. Thanks for the Wikipedia link to Wilberforce College. It was interesting to read the bio about its history. You are a nerd and I love you for it.

    As for sweet Lillian, she is quite wonderful. Her stylish walking suit is divine. I can see her pedaling to school on her new bike, gifted by her parents.

    Thank you for the lovely patterns, your wonderful imagination and mostly your enduring friendship.

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    1. Thank you so much for the good words, my dear friend. Finding out about Lillian was half the enjoyment of making her. This part of our colletive history is sadly neglected.

      Proud to be a Nerd!!

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  5. I love the story, the doll and THE DRESS!! Can't wait to create a lady and her story of my own! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann :-)

      Warmly,

      Beth

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  6. Dear Beth, I LOVE your dolls!! Thank you so much for sharing them! I am looking to make a small collection of Waldorf dolls for a Spanish immersion children's co-operative. I am also a mother of three young children and in need of help to have this project completed by September. I was hoping to contact you to discuss my idea. Can we discuss more? Many thanks, Janna

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    1. My email is dollmaker46203 [@] gmail.com if you would like to contact me.

      Beth

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  7. Oh, my email is jannabeckler@gmail.com

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  8. Hi, I was wondering if you make dolls to sell or are they entirely for your enjoyment? I love to crochet but I am nowhere near this standard, and my 3 yo daughter is overjoyed looking at your magnificent dolls.
    Carrie

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    1. Hi Carrie,

      I have a lot of doll patterns that are really quite easy for the beginner to make. Simply Ami is the latest one, and makes either a 7 inch or 8 1/2 inch crochet doll with wardrobe. I am sure, if you crochet, that you could make one of these dolls! Give it a try :-)

      As for selling, I sometimes sell a doll, if I have what someone wants, and they are willing to pay for handmade.

      Thank you for asking, and have a lovely day!

      warmly,

      Beth

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  9. Hello Beth,

    Your doll is beautiful. I was wondering what type of yarn you used to make her hair.

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    1. Hello Kim,

      I used a boucle mohair yarn from Weir Craft; here is the link:

      https://www.weircrafts.com/doll-hair-yarn/boucle-yarn-doll-hair.html

      Beth

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