Rachel, sewn by my friend Joyce, from the pattern by Ann Wood
The title of this post is from one of my favorite verses from the Bible: Proverbs 27:17. This version is from the Contemporary English Version (CEV) published first in 1995. The simplicity and truth of this statement informs most of my creativity.
For example, the lovely cloth doll above was created by my friend Joyce, from the Ann Wood pattern Tiny Rag Doll. This charming little doll is only five inches tall, and entirely stitched by hand. Joyce made all of her sewn clothing, even though she says she cannot sew! All of the clothing is removable, and her hair is a simple crochet wig cap you can find here.
It has been ages since I've made a cloth doll, but looking at Joyce's work, I had to make this dear little doll myself.
It takes so little fabric to make the doll and all of her outfits. I tucked it all into a Michael's memory box.
The handstitching aspect of making this doll gives the dollmaker much more control of the tiny seams and corners, and the stitching itself is a relaxing pasttime. You are making a doll just like your foremothers made for their children in past centuries. And as you stitch, think that before the advent of the sewing machine, all clothing was made the same way.
So here is Charlotte, inspired by my friend Joyce, from start to finish. Thank you, Joyce, for leading the way :-)
Charlotte, stitched by me from the pattern by Ann Wood
Both Joyce and I highly recommend this pattern. It is well written and all of the steps are copiously photographed. You will create an heirloom doll of your own, or one for a special child.