Friday, August 29, 2014

My New Multi Holiday and Multi Season Mixed Media 3-Level Collage Art Blocks


My mother always loved to decorate for the various holidays and various seasons and loved decorating her home with handmade decorations either she had made or were made for her by her children.   So, when my mother down sized and moved into a senior citizen apartment many years ago she didn't have a lot of room to store or display her seasonal and holiday decorations.

In thinking about this over the years I thought about handmade decorations that could be left out for several holidays and several seasons.  Something that wouldn't take a lot of room.  Something you could bring out in September and leave out until March.

Well, light dawned on me one day and multi holiday and multi season mixed media 3-level collage art blocks seemed to fit the bill.  The multi level wood blocks would be perfect for a multi seasonal multi holiday mixed media collage decoration that could be left out for many months.

Since the Fall, Christmas, and Winter seasons are my favorite times of the year I thought my blocks should have a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side.  And, best of all, they could be left out for 7 months.  All you'd have to do was turn the block for the season or holiday you wanted.

I ended up creating two 9" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" 3-tier mixed media collage art block towers with  a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side and two 4 1/2" x 2" x 2" mixed media mini art lock towers with a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side.


Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter 3-Tier Mixed Handmade Media Art Collage Cube Tower  - 9" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

If you're looking for a decoration that doesn't take up a lot of room and can be left out from September 1st until March 31st our 3-tier Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter mixed media art collage cube tower would be a perfect fit.

With a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side all you have to do is turn the block for the season or holiday you want.

Our decoration is perfect for anyone with limited space for displaying decorations and limited space for storing decorations.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter 3-Tier Handmade Mixed Media Art Collage Cube Tower  - 9" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

If you're looking for a decoration that doesn't take up a lot of room and can be left out from September 1st until March 31st our 3-tier Fall, Halloween, Christmas, and Winter mixed media art collage cube tower would be a perfect fit.

With a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side all you have to do is turn the block for the season or holiday you want.

Our decoration is perfect for anyone with limited space for displaying decorations and limited space for storing decorations.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Who Doesn't Love Witches? My New Hildegarde Ann and Hildegarde Brie Mixed Media Collage Art Dolls With Paperclay Faces


As a reader of my Linda's Blog you know that I absolutely LOVE Halloween and all the wonderful creatures that can be made like witches, ghosts, goblins, Dracula, Frankenstein, jack-o-lanterns, bats, spiders and spider webs, skeletons, mummies, and so much more. With all that what's not to love abut Halloween.

With all the wonderful creatures that can be made for Halloween out of cloth, wood, cloth and wood, paper, clay, needle-craft, etc. my favorite has to be witches.  So, when I was doing a little cleaning of my craft area I found some 3/4" wood shelf sitter shapes that my husband had cut out for me a few years ago.  I had intended to make a painted figure of some sort out of them.

Well, in looking at the wood I thought they might make perfect mixed media shelf sitter witches with paper-clay faces and collage outfits.   So, I decided to make two of them.


Hildegarde Ann - 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Paper-Clay and Collage Witch

Hildegarde Ann and her twin sister, Hildegarde Brie can hardly wait for Halloween.  Not because they love scaring people. but because they're good witches and love handing candy out to all the trick-or-treaters.  In fact, they're known in their neighborhood for having the best candy.

Hildegarde Ann is a 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 3/4" mixed media shelf sitter wood doll with a painted paper-clay face with black bead eyes, sponge painted wood body and paper collage embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted in her favorite Halloween colors and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with a jack-o-lantern, clock, bats, a scary insect, raised dots and a ribbon bow. Her gray thick alpaca yarn hair from Masquerade at Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is barely controlled under her witches hat.  Masquerade's yarn is also wrapped around the band of her witches hat and adorns the brim of the underside of her witches hat.

It's only a couple months until Halloween and Hildegarde Ann can hardly wait.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

 

Hildegarde Brie - 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Shelf Sitter Paper-Clay and Collage Witch

Hildegarde Brie and her twin sister, Hildegarde Ann can hardly wait for Halloween.  Not because they love scaring people. but because they're good witches and love handing candy out to all the trick-or-treaters.  In fact, they're known in their neighborhood for having the best candy.

Hildegarde Brie is a 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 3/4" mixed media shelf sitter wood doll with a painted paper-clay face with black bead eyes, sponge painted wood body and paper collage embellished outfit. Her sides and back are sponge painted in her favorite Halloween colors and her outfit is an embellished paper collage adorned with a jack-o-lantern, clock, bats, a scary insect, raised dots and a ribbon bow.  Her gray thick alpaca yarn hair from Masquerade at Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is barely controlled under her witches hat.  Masquerade's yarn is also wrapped around the band of her witches hat and adorns the brim of the underside of her witches hat.

It's only a couple months until Halloween and Hildegarde Brie can hardly wait.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Perfect Decoration For Multi Seasons and Multi Holidays


My mother always loved to decorate for the various holidays and various seasons and loved decorating her home with handmade decorations either she had made or were made for her by her children.   So, when my mother down sized and moved into a senior citizen apartment many years ago she didn't have a lot of room for her seasonal and holiday decorations.  She ended up giving some of her cherished decorations away.  She just didn't have the room to store or display them.

In thinking about this over the years and thinking about my own need to down size a little on my decorations I thought about handmade decorations that could be left out for several holidays and several seasons.  For me that would mean something I could bring out in September and leave out until March.  But, what kind of form would be conducive to that?

Well, after experimenting with the mixed media art dolls I had learned to make in my latest Artful Gathering class and thinking about multi level wood blocks a light bulb went off in my head.  The multi level wood blocks would be perfect for a multi seasonal multi holiday mixed media collage decoration that could be left out for many months.

Since the Fall, Christmas, and Winter seasons are my favorite times of the year I thought my blocks should have a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side.  And, best of all, they could be left out for 7 months.  All you'd have to do was turn the block for the season or holiday you wanted.

For the graphics I decided to mainly use some of my own doll graphics that I had created for my custom fabric lines.  However, I didn't have quite enough so I added some free graphics from The Graphics Fairy, free graphics from The Vintage Moth, free graphics from Antique Clipart, some Victorian graphics from "A Victorian Lady's Scrapbook" Dover Pictorial Archive paperback CD-ROM that I bought from Amazon, and some Victorian graphics in the public domain.



I ended up creating two 9" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" 3-tier mixed media collage art block towers with  a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side and two 4 1/2" x 2" x 2" mixed media mini art lock towers with a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side.


I also had some other solid wood blocks that were  6" x 2" x 2" and 5 1/4" x 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" wood blocks that I made into mixed media collage art blocks with a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side.


I also had two solid wood rectangles that were 4 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/4" that I made into mixed media collage art rectangles with 3 Christmas sides and one Halloween side.


I also made two 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 2" mixed media collage artist trading cards (i.e. ATC's) with a Halloween side and Christmas side.

I was pleased with the way all the art blocks turned out and decided to try my hand at some bigger blocks so stay tuned - there will be more.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Fabric For The Hawk Family and It's Raining Doll Parties - We Love Books Hawk Dolls Custom Fabric



We Love Books Hawk Dolls Fabric


© 2014 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh. 

Perfect for making doll clothes, home and party decorations, ornaments, pillows, quilts, etc.

(Note:  Actual fabric will not contain © Linda Walsh or © 2014 Linda Walsh Originals watermark.)

Design Size - 7.0 x 7.0 in

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We're working on all sorts of creations to show you what you can do with our new designs so be sure to check back often to see what we've created.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ghosts, Goblins, and Witches, Oh My! How About Ghosts, Dracula And Frankenstein?



Well there's only a couple months until Halloween, or what's formerly known as "All Hallows Eve." And, I can hardly wait.

Now you might be wondering why that is and you may just be asking yourself - "Is she a witch?"   Well, I was born in a state famous for witches and it's quite possible that someone in my family line may have been a witch, but the reason is much simpler - I'm a crafter and crafters LOVE Halloween.

Why is that?

Well, you see Halloween has become a favorite holiday of doll makers and crafters because there are so many different types of dolls and various types of crafts that you can make for this one holiday.

Ghosts, goblins, and witches. Oh my!

Frankenstein, Dracula, and vampires. Oh,my!

Bats, pumpkins, and skulls. Oh my!

Skeletons, monsters, and witches brew. Oh,my!

Candy corn, costumes, and haunted houses. Oh my!

What a wondrous holiday for crafting.

So, of course, in thinking about Halloween I began to wonder how this all started. Well, the answer lies in the true origins of Halloween and the ancient Celtic tribes who lived in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. November 1st for the Celts marked the beginning of a new year and the coming of winter. So the night before the new year the Celts celebrated the Festival of Samhain, who was the Lord of the Dead. The Celts believed that during this festival the souls of the dead (including ghosts, goblins, and witches, oh my!) returned to mingle with the living.


In the Druidic, religion of the ancient Celts, the Druids would light fires and offer sacrifices of crops, animals and sometimes humans, as they danced around the fires. The season of the sun would pass and the season of darkness would begin, oh my! On the morning of November 1st, the Druids would give an ember from their fires to each family who would then take it home to start a new cooking fire. The fires were intended to keep the homes warm and free of evil spirits such as banshees, oh my! It was believed that at this time of the year invisible "gates" would open between the real world and the spirit world, oh my! Movement between both worlds was possible, oh my!

In order to scare away the evil spirits the Celts would wear masks and the children would wear costumes. Halloween costumes have traditionally been monsters such as vampires, ghosts, witches, and devils, oh my!

Why?

Well, in 19th century Scotland and Ireland the reason the children wore such fearsome costumes was the belief that since the spirits of the dead were intent on doing harm that night, the best way to avoid this was to fool the dead spirits into thinking you were one of them. Monsters, vampires, and skeletons, oh my!

So, we know the reason for the costumes. Why carve pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns? Scary faces on pumpkins to boot, oh my! Why do we put candles in them and set them on the porch, oh my? This tradition is also derived from ancient celebrations and actually began with a turnip. The Celts would hollow out the turnips and place lighted candles inside to scare off the evil spirits. When the Irish came to America, they discovered that the pumpkin was a much larger substitute for the turnip. If it's larger, it's scarier. If it's scarier it will ward off evil spirits.

But, why are they called jack-o-lanterns? Well, it all started with an Irishman (of course) named Jack who was forced to roam the earth with just a burning coal inside his pumpkin to light the way for him. He had to roam the earth forever because he had never performed a single selfless act his whole life, oh my!


But, why the door-to-door trick-or-treating you ask? Well, once again we go back to Ireland where there was a custom of farmers going door-to-door to collect food and materials for the Festival of Samhain and the bonfire. Those who gave were promised prosperity; those who didn't received bad luck, oh my! When the Irish immigrants came to America the door-to-door trick-or-treating came with them and thus the traditions began.

So, once again crafters and doll makers have tradition and folklore to credit for a slew of wondrous crafts and dolls to make for Halloween, oh my! It's one of my favorite times of the year.

I, personally, have made many ghosts, Dracula, and Frankenstein doll patterns for my Linda Walsh Originals website.   All of my ghosts, Dracula, and Frankenstein designs are shown in the picture at the top of this post.  My ghosts, Dracula, and Frankenstein e-patterns can be seen HERE and my print patterns can be seen HERE.

I have also designed several custom fabrics using some of my ghosts, Dracula, and Frankenstein designs.  The products I have made from some of my custom fabric designs can be seen in the picture above and HERE.  My Holiday Custom Fabric Designs Collection can be seen HERE.  

I have also made many ghosts, Dracula, and Frankenstein dolls, jack-o-lanterns, and mummies based on other designers patterns which can be seen in the picture in the middle of this post and HERE.

If you'd like to see all my witch creations please visit my "A Little Witch History" post HERE.

So, enjoy the trick-or-treating, but don't forget that evil spirits are roaming about on "All Hallows Eve." You might see ghosts, goblins, and witches. Oh my! 

Frankensteins, Dracula, and vampires. Oh my! 

Bats, pumpkins, and skulls. Oh my! 

Skeletons, monsters, and witches brew. Oh my! 

Candy corn, costumes, and haunted houses. Oh my! What a wondrous day to be alive!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Little Witch History!


With Halloween comes the most recognized of the villains - the witches.

That got me to thinking a little bit about witches. And, of course, when I get to thinking about something I inevitably wonder about their history and what started the fear of "witches?" This fear might better be defined as a "manic craze" that lasted for hundreds of years. YIKES!

Now, I might be a little more curious about "witches" than I should be. You see, I was actually born in the state that is notorious for witches, witchcraft, and witch trials. Plus, in my genealogy search I found there may be a witch or two in my family in the past! YIKES!

Maybe I'm actually a modern day witch? Nah!!!! Witches don't like Victorian dolls - or do they?

So, where did it all begin?

The most notorious of the witch lore was the Salem witch trials and the Smithsonian.com website has a wonderful history of the Salem witch trials entitled: A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials - One town's strange journey from paranoia to pardon - Smithsonian.com, October 24, 2007 - - By Jess Blumberg. It is well worth reading.

But, before the witch trials where did the fear of witches begin?

Maybe the place to start is with the definition of a witch.

So, what exactly is a witch?

Well, according to The Free Dictionary a witch is defined as:

1. A woman claiming or popularly believed to possess magical powers and practice sorcery.

2. A believer or follower of Wicca; a Wiccan.

3. A hag.

4. A woman considered to be spiteful or overbearing.

5. Informal A woman or girl considered bewitching.

6. One particularly skilled or competent at one's craft: "A witch of a writer, [she] is capable of developing an intensity that verges on ferocity" (Peter S. Prescott)

Well, that's a pretty broad definition. Just being an ugly evil looking old woman (i.e. hag) can get you defined as a witch. With that definition a lot of us are in trouble! YIKES!

Maybe a sorcerer, magician, or devil worshiper is more like it. I tend to think that most everyone would classify a witch as someone who can cast a spell over you. Wouldn't you agree? If so, that person is practicing witchcraft.

According to Wikipedia.com "witchcraft" is defined as follows:

Witchcraft (also called witchery or spellcraft) is the use of magical faculties, most commonly for religious, divinatory or medicinal purposes. This may take many forms depending on cultural context.

The belief in and the practice of magic has been present since the earliest human cultures and continues to have an important religious and medicinal role in many cultures today.

"Magic is central not only in 'primitive' societies but in 'high cultural' societies as well..."

The concept of witchcraft as harmful is often treated as a cultural ideology providing a scapegoat for human misfortune. This was particularly the case in the early modern period of Europe where witchcraft came to be seen as part of a vast diabolical conspiracy of individuals in league with the Devil undermining Christianity, eventually leading to large-scale witch-hunts, especially in Protestant Europe. Witch hunts continue to this day with tragic consequences.

Since the mid-20th century Witchcraft has become the designation of a branch of modern paganism. It is most notably practiced in the Wiccan and witchcraft traditions, some of whom claim to practice a revival of pre-Abrahamic spirituality.

The word witchcraft means "craft of the wise" and witchcraft is thought to be the oldest of religions.

As with many things in folklore some believe the roots of witchcraft come from the Celts living between 700 BC and 100 AD. The Celts and their religious leaders, the Druids, were spiritual people, who worshiped both a god, a goddess, and believed in reincarnation. Some historians say that witches date back to the days when the goddess was worshiped. During that time there was great respect for the powers of nature and for women as the creators of life. However, there are some who believe that witchcraft was alive well before the "Druids" and around 1800 B.C.

Witches, in fact, were respected members of the community up to about 1,000 A.D. They were valued for their ability to ease pain, heal people, and heal sick animals.

The religious beliefs and practices of the Celts became known as Paganism. Some say that their any beliefs and rituals spawned many of the practices associated with witches, such as: concocting potions, mixing ointments, casting spells, dabbling in the supernatural, forecasting the future, and performing feats of magic. These practices and many of the nature-based beliefs held by the Celts and others became known as witchcraft.

So, what led people to a fear of witches or, in other words, witch hunts, which is a search for witches? The inevitable result being burned at the stake or lynched? Yikes!


Around the 14Th century with the rise of Christianity and demise of paganism witchcraft became branded as "demon-worship." Witches became feared because with their knowledge of healing, herbs, hypnosis, etc. they could do things that the majority of the population and the religious leaders could not do. This was too threatening so the Christian Church taught that those claiming to heal outside the context of the Church (healing through faith and prayer) were thought to have obtained their skills from the Devil.

When North America started being settled witchcraft was practiced by some of the early colonial settlers in order to help the early settlers save their settlements from attacks by the Indians.

In some instances, the witches were put on trial before being burned alive or hung. I'll bet the witches wouldn't agree that they had fair trials - now would they? More like mass hysteria leading to execution would be a better description. Mass hysteria led by instigators who had an ulterior motive for persecuting the wrong-doers.

Witch hunts in Europe started around 1480 and went until 1700 during which there were anywhere from 40,000 to 100,000 executions. By most accounts people were accused of witchcraft in order to explain some human misfortune that couldn't be explained else-wise. Something supernatural. Something that bewitched someone causing them to behave in an anti-social manner.

However, not all witches were the same. Some were bad witches and some were actually good witches. Some were sorcerers, some were midwifes, some were just plain healers.

In the Christian religion sorcery came to be associated with heresy and the denouncing of one's beliefs, which of course was very threatening to religious leaders of the time.

In Europe during the medieval times the fear of witchcraft rose to the level of mass hysteria resulting in numerous witch hunts. It was believed that the witches had entered into a pact with the devil and were being directed by the devil himself to commit unthinkable acts. Hundreds of thousands of people (mainly women) were executed, tortured and imprisoned.

In Europe witches have typically been women. As with a lot of beliefs, witchcraft began with the pagan belief in witchcraft that was associated with the goddess Diana, who was the ancient Roman goddess of the moon, the hunt, and chastity.

Most witches were thought to have the ability to cast a "spell" upon someone - good or bad. Some were also thought to have the ability to conjure up the dead and/or ability to talk to the spirit of a deceased person. Some early Christian authorities believed that witches made deals with the devil to gain power over infertility, child welfare, or even revenge against a lover. Witches had the power to disrupt marriage. All of which were seen as acts against the church.

According to folklore witches inevitably had the mark of the devil - which was a brand placed on their skin to signify their deal with the devil. YIKES!

However, not all witches were "evil." There were "good" witches or "white" witches who were able to heal the sick, who meditated, and brewed potions at the request of the person inflicted. These potions could heal the person inflicted versus causing them to act against their will. Good healing power, in other words, power that was beneficial was tolerated and acceptable behavior.

Within witchcraft itself there were different levels of "magic." "Black magic" is used to harm another human being. " Green magic" is used to align oneself with nature. "White magic" is used in an attempt to better oneself and align oneself with the needs of society. It does not entail harming other human beings. "Grey magic" contains an ethical code that is particular to the practitioner. "Folk magic" is a mix of many rituals; herbalism, faith healing, curses and hexes, candle magic, etc. and has thrived in rural areas for centuries.

Evil powers usually attributed to witches were the ability to make food poisonous, the ability to fly on a broomstick, the ability to make people sick, and make crops fail.

The most famous witchcraft incident in the North America were the Salem witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts. These were a series of hearings before a local magistrate prosecuting people for witchcraft. Between February 1692 and May 1693 over 150 people were arrested and imprisoned. Twenty nine people were convicted of the felony of witchcraft with 14 women and 4 men being hanged for it. One man was crushed with stones to get him to admit he was engaging in witchcraft. He never admitted it.

However, the belief in witchcraft didn't just exist in Europe and Pagan or Christian folklore. It existed in South America, Asia, Egypt, ancient Babylonia, India, Japan, Africa and in many of the well known world wide religions. In fact, in some cultures in Africa a belief in witchcraft exists even to this day.

Whether or not there actually are "witches" with special powers as foretold throughout history and throughout many regions and religions remains to be seen. What will remain is the folklore of the "witch" and their "evil" powers which will forever be associated in western culture with "Halloween" or "All Hallows Eve."

Witches are a favorite creation among artists and crafters. However, Halloween has also become a favorite of doll makers and crafters because there are so many different types of dolls, doll patterns, paintings, sculptures, graphics and crafts that you can make for this one holiday.

It might be ghosts, goblins, and witches. Or, Frankenstein, Dracula, and vampires. Maybe, bats, pumpkins, and skulls. Even, skeletons, monsters, and mummies. You also have candy corn, costumes, and haunted houses. It's definitely a wondrous holiday for crafting.

You can even design your own fabrics using all of these wondrous characters like I have.


So, this leads us to another question. Where did "Halloween" or "All Hallows Eve" start?
The answer lies in the true origins of Halloween and the ancient Celtic tribes who lived in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. November 1st for the Celts marked the beginning of a new year and the coming of winter. So the night before the new year the Celts celebrated the Festival of Samhain, who was the Lord of the Dead. The Celts believed that during this festival the souls of the dead (including ghosts, goblins, and witches) returned to mingle with the living.

In the Druidic, religion of the ancient Celts, the Druids would light fires and offer sacrifices of crops, animals and sometimes humans, as they danced around the fires. The season of the sun would pass and the season of darkness would begin.

On the morning of November 1st, the Druids would give an ember from their fires to each family who would then take it home to start a new cooking fire. The fires were intended to keep the homes warm and free of evil spirits such as banshees. It was believed that at this time of the year invisible "gates" would open between the real world and the spirit world. Movement between both worlds was possible, especially for the witches.

In order to scare away the evil spirits the Celts would wear masks and the children would wear costumes. Halloween costumes have traditionally been monsters such as vampires, ghosts, witches, and devils.

Why?

Because in 19Th century Scotland and Ireland the reason the children wore such fearsome costumes was the belief that since the spirits of the dead were intent on doing harm that night, the best way to avoid this was to fool the dead spirits into thinking you were one of them. So, you would dress up as a witch, monster, vampire, and skeleton.

So, we know the reason for the costumes. Why carve pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns and put scary faces on the pumpkins to boot?

Why put candles in them and set them on the porch?

This tradition is also derived from ancient celebrations and actually began with a turnip. The Celts would hollow out the turnips and place lighted candles inside to scare off the evil spirits. When the Irish came to America, they discovered that the pumpkin was a much larger substitute for the turnip. If it's larger, it's scarier. If it's scarier it will ward off evil spirits.

But, why are they called jack-o-lanterns?

It all started with an Irishman (of course) named Jack who was forced to roam the earth with just a burning coal inside his pumpkin to light the way for him. He had to roam the earth forever because he had never performed a single selfless act his whole life!

But, why the door-to-door trick-or-treating you ask?

Once, again we go back to Ireland where there was a custom of farmers going door-to-door to collect food and materials for the Festival of Samhain and the bonfire. Those who gave were promised prosperity; those who didn't received bad luck! When the Irish immigrants came to America the door-to-door trick-or-treating came with them and thus the traditions began.

I, personally, have made many witches and have designed many witch doll patterns for my Linda Walsh Originals website.   All of my witch designs are shown in the picture at the top of this post.  My witch e-patterns can be seen HERE and my print patterns can be seen HERE.

I have also designed several custom fabrics using some of my witch designs.  The products I have made from some of my custom fabric designs can be seen in the picture above and HERE.  My Holiday Custom Fabric Designs Collection can be seen HERE.  

I have also made many witches based on other designers patterns which can be seen in the picture in the middle of this post and HERE.

Whether your favorite Halloween monster is a witch holding a jack-o-lantern, a ghost, a goblin, a vampire, Frankenstein, skeleton or mummy, it's safe to say that Halloween will remain a favorite holiday among children and among crafters.

Of course, one of my favorites is the witch.

After all - all us "hags" have to stick together!

Don't we?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Oliver The Party Clown - New Primitive Clown Doll E-Pattern and Print Pattern


"Oliver The Party Clown!" is one of the members of our NEW "Clown Series" of cloth dolls. They are a fun loving group of various kinds of clown dolls that love to have fun. Love to laugh. And, most of all love to make you laugh. In fact, they're willing to try anything to bring a smile to your face. They'll make fun of themselves. Fall down. Run around. Bump into each other. Even pretend to slap each other - all in the name of "good" fun.

They love to laugh. They love to have fun. But, most of all they love making you laugh. They are all so confident that they can make you laugh that they even have a contest going - to see which clown can make you laugh the most. The winner gets a FREE trip to Clown College.

"Oliver The Party Clown!" is a 15" primitive clown cloth doll. He has a wide body and long skinny arms and legs. His body is made of muslin and his face is embroidered with black satin stitched and white water colored eyes , embroidered nose with orange water coloring, and embroidered mouth with yellow water coloring. His eyelashes are embroidered and his eyebrows are embroidered and dark brown water colored. His cheeks are rosy and blushed.

Oliver has a mass of brown curly yarn hair on the sides of his head with the back left bald. He is wearing his favorite coordinated clown hat on the back of his head. He is wearing his favorite coordinated taupe clown outfit. His taupe print shirt has a solid color center band decorated down the sides with ribbon trim. It has a coordinating and gathered ruffle along the bottom edge and is gathered at the neck. His favorite fringed scarf is wrapped loosely around his neck and tied in a knot in the front. It matches the gathered ruffle along the bottom edge of his shirt. He has a matching ribbon bow just under his neck. He is also wearing his favorite taupe print pants. His pants are a little short and gathered at the waist. His big, black boots are cross-laced and fit his big feet perfectly.

"Oliver The party Clown!" is hoping to win the class at Clown College. His motives for wanting to go to Clown College are entirely different than the rest of the clowns. You see - he doesn't want to hone his clown skills. Nope! He wants to party. He's a party animal. And, where better way to party than at Clown College.


“Oliver The Party Clown Doll”, 15” Primitive Clown Doll Pattern - Clown Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Raymond's So Sad - New Primitive Clown E-Pattern and Print Pattern


"Raymond's So Sad!" is one of the members of our "Clown Series" of cloth dolls. They are a fun loving group of various kinds of clown dolls that love to have fun. Love to laugh. And, most of all love to make you laugh. In fact, they're willing to try anything to bring a smile to your face. They'll make fun of themselves. Fall down. Run around. Bump into each other. Even pretend to slap each other - all in the name of "good" fun. They love to laugh. They love to have fun. But, most of all they love making you laugh. They are all so confident that they can make you laugh that they even have a contest going - to see which clown can make you laugh the most. The winner gets a FREE trip to Clown College.

"Raymond's So Sad!" is a 15" primitive clown cloth doll. He has a wide body and long skinny arms and legs. His body is made of muslin and his face is embroidered with black satin stitched and white water colored eyes , embroidered nose with gold water coloring, and embroidered mouth with green water coloring. His eyelashes are embroidered and his eyebrows are embroidered and dark gray water colored. His cheeks are rosy and blushed.

Raymond has a mass of thick, dark gray braided yarn hair on the sides of his head with the back left bald. He is wearing his favorite coordinated clown hat on the back of his head. He is wearing his favorite coordinated green clown outfit. His green checkered shirt has a solid color center band decorated down the sides with velvet ribbon trim. It has a coordinating and gathered ruffle along the bottom and is gathered at the neck. His favorite fringed scarf is wrapped loosely around his neck and tied in a knot in the front. It coordinates perfectly with the ruffle band of his short. He has a green ribbon bow just under his chin. He is also wearing his favorite green checkered pants. His pants are a little short and gathered at the waist. His big, black boots are cross-laced and fit his big feet perfectly.

"Raymond's So Sad!" is hoping to win the class at Clown College. While he knows he's funny he just feels he needs a refresher course. He just wants to be even better and and up on all the latest in "clown trends." Especially the latest in designing clown websites. You see - he wants to start his own "Raymond's So Sad!" website. Think of all the possibilities and how many people he could get laughing then. Raymond is determined to win and do everything he can to make sure he does. But, if he does not win - he has another plan in mind. He just has to learn how to create his own clown website.


“Raymond's So Sad Primitive Clown Doll”, 15” Primitive Clown Doll Pattern - Clown Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner 



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Clown Around Sunshine Clarence - New Country Clown Doll E-Pattern and Print Pattern


"Clown Around Sunshine Clarence" is one of the members of our "Clown Series" of cloth dolls. They are a fun loving group of various kinds of clown dolls that love to have fun. Love to laugh. And, most of all love to make you laugh.  In fact, they're willing to try anything to bring a smile to your face.

They'll make fun of themselves. Fall down. Run around. Bump into each other. Even pretend to slap each other - all in the name of "good" fun.  They love to laugh. They love to have fun. But, most of all they love making you laugh.  They are all so confident that they can make you laugh that they even have a contest going - to see which clown can make you laugh the most. The winner gets a FREE trip to Clown College.

"Clown Around Sunshine Clarence" is a 16" country clown cloth doll. His body is made of muslin and his face is embroidered with black satin stitched eyes, red zig-zag embroidered nose, red satin stitched lips, and embroidered mouth outline. His eyebrows are embroidered as are his eyelashes. And, he has loads of freckles.  Clarence has a mass of thick, bright orange yarn hair on the sides of his head with the back left bald.

He is wearing his favorite yellow shirt which is gathered at the neck and tied around his wrists with fringed straps. His favorite fringed bandanna is wrapped around his neck and tied in a knot in the front. He is also wearing his favorite bright blue with yellow stars print pants with fringed suspenders. His pants are cuffed on the bottom and gathered at the waist. He has a series of yellow straps along his legs and feet to add to his colorful decorations.

"Clown Around Sunshine Clarence" is hoping to win. He knows he's funny and is really good at making children laugh. He just wants to be even better and to get "babies" to laugh. That's why his face isn't too clownish. He doesn't want to scare the "babies."  Laugh - yes! Scare - no! That's why he's all sunshine.


Clown Around Sunshine Clarence” -16” Country Clown Doll Pattern from our Clown Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level is Beginner

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gotta Love The Stick'Em and Collect'Em Wooden Stick Doll Ornaments - Here's Sally's Free E-Pattern



"Sally, Stick'em & Collect'em" is a 7" wood stick doll ornament. She has a painted and outlined wood body, painted and blushed face, and a mass of frizzy doll hair.

Her dress is fringed and gathered at the neck edge. She has gathered lace trim around her neck and a lace waistband.

"Sally, Stick'em & Collect'em" is the shyest stick doll of the group and can often be seen blushing.

 Sally  - 7" Stick Girl Ornament E-Pattern - Stick'em and Collect'em Series - Pattern Category - Beginner

To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-patter. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products © 2004-2014 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved, including downloading, mass producing, photocopying, enlargements, reductions,and all other forms of reproduction, website sharing, Email, RSS feeds, or any other means of redistribution. Commercial selling or reselling by any means, including eBay or any other website by permission only.

Products made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) including wholesale distribution, catalog sales, and all other forms of large scale commercial production are by permission only. Items made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for decoration only and are not intended for use by children. Not responsible for human error, individual workmanship, or printing errors in the E-books, E-products, tutorials, how-to's, patterns or the E-Patterns.

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/

Gotta Love The Candleweeds - Here's Harry's Free E-Pattern



Harry is the most introverted of the Candleweed Family siblings.  He's very shy and doesn't like to draw any attention to himself - let alone be the brunt of one of Larry's practical jokes.

He's made from a 3" upside down wood candle cup holder with a painted head and part drawn, part painted face.  He has a ribbon scarf wrapped around his neck and a full head of straight burn orange mohair hair.


To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products © 2004-2014 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved, including downloading, mass producing, photocopying, enlargements, reductions,and all other forms of reproduction, website sharing, Email, RSS feeds, or any other means of redistribution. Commercial selling or reselling by any means, including eBay or any other website by permission only.

Products made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) including wholesale distribution, catalog sales, and all other forms of large scale commercial production are by permission only. Items made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for decoration only and are not intended for use by children. Not responsible for human error, individual workmanship, or printing errors in the E-books, E-products, tutorials, how-to's, patterns or the E-Patterns.

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/

Gotta Love The Candleweeds - Here's Larry's Free E-Pattern



Larry is the class clown of the Candleweeds Family.  He loves to laugh and loves to play practical jokes on the rest of his siblings - something the rest of his siblings are not always happy with.

He's made from a 3" upside down wood candle cup holder with a painted head and part drawn, part painted face.  He has a fringed scarf wrapped around his neck and a full head of spiked red hair.


To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products © 2004-2014 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved, including downloading, mass producing, photocopying, enlargements, reductions,and all other forms of reproduction, website sharing, Email, RSS feeds, or any other means of redistribution. Commercial selling or reselling by any means, including eBay or any other website by permission only.

Products made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) including wholesale distribution, catalog sales, and all other forms of large scale commercial production are by permission only. Items made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for decoration only and are not intended for use by children. Not responsible for human error, individual workmanship, or printing errors in the E-books, E-products, tutorials, how-to's, patterns or the E-Patterns.

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com

Monday, August 18, 2014

Celia's Wedding Dress Doll Has A New Face



I don't know if you remember the article I posted several years ago entitled "The Story Behind My Celia's Wedding Dress Doll" that was part of my "The Story Behind My Dolls" series.

To remind you, Celia and Elmer are my sister-in-laws parents and have been married for close to 60 years. Several years ago they were having a yard sale and Celia had told me I could have her wedding dress to use for material.

I asked her if she was really going to throw her wedding dress away and she replied, "What am I going to do with that old thing?" I told her maybe she should make a doll out of it for her daughter. At first she scoffed at the idea. Then when she'd thought about it, she replied,"That's a great idea. Why don't you do that for me and give it to my daughter." So, I told her I would add it to my to-do-list which was already getting to be multiple years to complete. I put it on the back burner.

After several years of being on the back burner I finally designed the doll and gave it to my sister-in-law for Christmas one year.

In designing the doll I wanted to capture the beauty of the dress. It didn't matter to me whether or not the doll had a face or was faceless. The point was the dress.

So, I sketched out a pattern for the dress and tried to use as much of the original material as I could. Luckily, the dress was still in pretty good shape, as was the veil. Some of the tulle had disintegrated but, a lot of it was pretty much in tact.

The dress had a lace bodice insert with lace sleeves, a satin heart-shaped bodice, a satin covered with lace front panel, and satin covered with fine tulle flowing skirt. The back of the dress had a very long train covered with tulle. There were buttons all along the front of the dress as well as straight up the back. The veil was a cap lined with small pearl beads that had a long section of tulle that would hang down the back and compliment the tulle on the train. The sleeves were scalloped and had a row of buttons as well. There were two layers of tulle underneath the dress as well. Needless to say there was a lot of tulle and a lot of detail on Celia's wedding dress.

Keeping in mind that the sentimentality lay with the dress I wanted the dress to be the focal point of the doll and nothing else. So I decided to make her a self standing, 14" tall, bridal stump doll without any legs. That way the dress would be showcased. I also wanted to utilize the original buttons for their sentimentality even though they were too big for the doll. I decided that three buttons in the front and two on each sleeve would be good.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lucy Angel - Free E-Pattern From Linda Walsh Originals


Lucy is not only the most adorable of our angels, she is also one of the smallest. She only stands 4" tall, but she is a mighty angel. In fact, Lucy is the "boss" of all the angels. She assigns the tasks to the various other angels and keeps an eye out for them. Despite her small size Lucy has a HUGE heart.

Lucy Angel is an adorable little angel. She is a free-standing angel doll with a wood doll pin body and head. Her wood head is painted and she has short curly hair and a halo. Her dress is made from wide wired ribbon and is decorated with a ribbon sash, and floral ribbon decoration.


“Lucy Angel”, 4” Angel - Country Angel Woodcraft Doll E-Pattern - Christmas Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products © 2004-2014 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved, including downloading, mass producing, photocopying, enlargements, reductions,and all other forms of reproduction, website sharing, Email, RSS feeds, or any other means of redistribution. Commercial selling or reselling by any means, including eBay or any other website by permission only.

Products made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) including wholesale distribution, catalog sales, and all other forms of large scale commercial production are by permission only. Items made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for decoration only and are not intended for use by children. Not responsible for human error, individual workmanship, or printing errors in the E-books, E-products, tutorials, how-to's, patterns or the E-Patterns.

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/

Gotta Love The Stick'Em and Collect'Em Wooden Stick Doll Ornaments - Here's Sandy's Free E-Pattern



"Sandy, Stick'em & Collect'em" is a 7" wood stick doll ornament. She has a painted and outlined wood body, painted and blushed face, and a funky hairdo.

Her dress is fringed and gathered at the neck edge. She has lace trim around her neck and around her waist.

"Sandy, Stick'em & Collect'em" is a bit of a wise cracker and the smartest stick doll of the group. She gets into trouble a lot and ends up having to apologize to someone at least once a day. Has she apologized to you yet?



 Sandy - 7" Stick Girl Ornament E-Pattern - Stick'em and Collect'em Series - Pattern Category - Beginner

To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products © 2004-2014 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved, including downloading, mass producing, photocopying, enlargements, reductions,and all other forms of reproduction, website sharing, Email, RSS feeds, or any other means of redistribution. Commercial selling or reselling by any means, including eBay or any other website by permission only.

Products made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) including wholesale distribution, catalog sales, and all other forms of large scale commercial production are by permission only. Items made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for decoration only and are not intended for use by children. Not responsible for human error, individual workmanship, or printing errors in the E-books, E-products, tutorials, how-to's, patterns or the E-Patterns.

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/

Gotta Love The Candleweeds - Here's Will's Free E-Pattern



Will is the eldest of the group of siblings and considers himself to be the nicest, kindest, and smartest of the group.  The rest of his siblings would disagree with him I'm sure.

He's made from a 3" upside down wood candle cup holder with a painted head and part drawn, part painted face.  He has a fringed scarf wrapped around his neck and a full head of brown curly hair.


To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-patter. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products © 2004-2014 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved, including downloading, mass producing, photocopying, enlargements, reductions,and all other forms of reproduction, website sharing, Email, RSS feeds, or any other means of redistribution. Commercial selling or reselling by any means, including eBay or any other website by permission only.

Products made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) including wholesale distribution, catalog sales, and all other forms of large scale commercial production are by permission only. Items made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for decoration only and are not intended for use by children. Not responsible for human error, individual workmanship, or printing errors in the E-books, E-products, tutorials, how-to's, patterns or the E-Patterns.

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/

Gotta Love The Stick'Em and Collect'Em Wooden Stick Doll Ornaments - Here's Sammy's Free E-Pattern



"Sammy, Stick'em & Collect'em" is a 7" wood stick doll ornament. She has a painted and outlined wood body, painted and blushed face, and a mass of curly doll hair.

Her dress is fringed and gathered at the neck edge. She has gathered lace trim around her neck and a lace waistband.

"Sammy, Stick'em & Collect'em" is the most inquisitive of the stick dolls.  She's always wondering why this or why that.  So much so that it drives the other stick dolls crazy.  She's probably got a question for you.


 Sammy - 7" Stick Girl Ornament E-Pattern - Stick'em and Collect'em Series - Pattern Category - Beginner

To view and download my free e-pattern please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-pattern. Then just download our free .pdf e-pattern from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products © 2004-2014 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved, including downloading, mass producing, photocopying, enlargements, reductions,and all other forms of reproduction, website sharing, Email, RSS feeds, or any other means of redistribution. Commercial selling or reselling by any means, including eBay or any other website by permission only.

Products made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) including wholesale distribution, catalog sales, and all other forms of large scale commercial production are by permission only. Items made from Linda Walsh Originals patterns, e-patterns, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, and e-products are intended for decoration only and are not intended for use by children. Not responsible for human error, individual workmanship, or printing errors in the E-books, E-products, tutorials, how-to's, patterns or the E-Patterns.

Copyright © 2004 - 2014 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer. http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/