But, I like making dolls more than buying them! So here is the neat part: my friend Joyce started re-making distressed Nancy Ann's. Dolls that had been loved very nearly to death, and looked it. These are not collectibles, and can be found fairly inexpensively on Etsy or Ebay. Joyce hooked me (literally!) into the world of re-make for these sweet dolls.
So above you have a 7 inch Nancy Ann, who came to me with a broken hip and competely unstrung. I mended her hip with glue and fabric, and restrung her with stretchy beading cord, as below:
I removed what little hair she had left and crocheted her a wig cap from boucle mohair yarn, available here:
Weir Craft Boucle Yarn
And crocheted her undies with size 20 crochet cotton, size 8 perle cotton, and a size 9 steel hook. The pattern is a slight modification to the undies pattern for the Forget-Me-Knot kids.
I now have nearly a dozen urchins waiting patiently for a new life, and a new opportunity to bring joy to someone special.
Before leaving, let me introduce you to Charlotte, a very special Southern Belle made especially for me by Joyce :-) I couldn't ask for a better friend, or a sweeter gift. Joyce's crochet skills, and her imagination, are amazing!
Charlotte, by Joyce Yearsly