Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Needle Felted Flower Garden Shadow Box Tray Picture - The Dolls Product Lines Series




For my last needle felted flower creation I decided I wanted to create a flower garden scene using a combination of the dark blue and dark green 100% wool felt 12" by 12" needle felted sheets I had bought felted to a backing of Nu-foam.

My flower garden picture was going to have a blue sky with white clouds, green grass, and brown soil.  To create the soil I decided to use some of the wonderful medium brown alpaca roving from my sister's alpaca, Ivy.  For the white clouds in the sky I decided to use some of the wonderful white alpaca roving from my sister's alpaca, Sunflower.  All of this I was going to enclose in a 8 3/4" by 6 1/4" by 2" deep unfinished shadowbox tray sponge painted with lively spring colors.

I decided to create the needle felted flowers using stainless steel flower cookie cutter molds that I had. The flower cookie cutter molds came in a 3/4", 1", and 2" and larger sizes.  I also decided to use a 1" leaf from a set of stainless steel leaf molds that I also had.

I also wanted my flowers to be combination of multi-layers of petals and a single layer of petals.  I wanted the flowers and leaves to be different colors and for some of the flowers to have stems.  I decided to use medium blue, dark blue, lilac, purple, pink, black, apricot roving, white alpaca roving from Sunflower, and medium brown alpaca roving from Ivy.  Lime green roving and sage green roving would be the colors for the flowers leaves.

I was pleased with the way my needle felted flower picture turned out and decided to create and e-pattern out of it so you could create a needle felted flower picture of your own.

My pattern includes tips for needle felting, step-by-step instructions for completing my flower picture, a colored flower picture instruction steps sheet so you can see what piece belongs to what step, and a colored flower picture layout sheet that is approximately the size of your needle felted flower picture. 

I also decided to create some summer custom fabric designs from the graphics used in my pattern as well as a free e-book on creating a flower panel fabric picture.  Enjoy!




Custom Fabric Designs

The Dolls Product Lines Series - Graduation Cap & Gown



Back in 2008 I received a request from a customer asking if I would consider making a special order item for them. Now, I don't normally do special orders, but my customer wanted a graduation doll and both of my were sold out.

I told my customer that they could make either my "Anna" or my "James" graduation doll as both patterns and e-patterns were available. Well, for my customer, that was not an option as they did not sew and they already had a 20" doll. What they really wanted was a graduation cap & gown to fit their 20" doll.

So, what to do? My customer pleaded with me to "please" consider a special order request and make them a graduation cap and gown for a 20" doll. After much discussion I finally agreed and made them the black graduation cap & gown you see in the picture above.

Since I had already created the pattern pieces in order to make the graduation cap and gown I figured I might as well create the pattern to go along with the pattern pieces. My customer was happy with their gown and I ended up with a new pattern.

My new graduation cap and gown for 20" doll e-pattern is for making a gown with a two-snap front closure with fold down lapels, gathered front, and mid length full sleeves. The lined cap has a cardboard top, tassel, and elastic strap for affixing the cap to the doll's head.

As it turns out, it is one of my best selling patterns and because it is easily adjusted is used to make all sorts of graduation caps and gown for various size dolls, bears, centerpieces at graduation parties, etc.

Flora Ellen Bridal and Wedding Art Doll - The Dolls Product Lines Series



Flora Ellen has been waiting for her wedding day all her life. She has been groomed to be the epitome of exquisite and refined beauty. All in an effort to attract just the right Victorian gentleman.

After all her family is one of a line of Dukes and Duchesses and she is expected to marry someone of her families standing. So, she has been groomed and prepped for just the right dress, just the right style, just the right manner. Her wedding day is not just about her, but also about her family and she aims to make them all proud of her.

Flora Ellen is a free-standing doll who is wearing an 1896 Victorian bridal gown. She has a long, fancy double-tiered lace and ruffled trim satin dress with a flowing train and long double-tiered laced and gathered sleeves. Her bodice is a double criss-crossed lace overlay. Her long curly blonde hair is tied on one side with floral accents and looks beautiful underneath her very fancy lace & floral trimmed lace veil which is also decorated with floral ribbons and lace pearl streamers.

Her inner body is made from a dowel covered with fabric and eyelet lace and she is wearing a lace trimmed slip. Her arms are wire-shaped and covered. She also has a painted wood head and covered round wood base.

Around her neck she has a long pearl necklace and she is carrying a bouquet of flowers with lace pearl and ribbon streamers. A large floral accent piece adorns the left side of her waistband.

Flora Ellen has not doubt that her wedding day will be perfect. Perfect for her and perfect for her family who worked so hard for this moment.

Elsa Bridal and Wedding Art Doll - The Dolls Product Lines Series



Elsa is a free-standing doll all ready for her wedding day. It's the first of October so she's hoping that it will be a bright and sunny day as she wants to look her best. She chose October as it shouldn't be rainy, shouldn't be snowy, and shouldn't be hot. However, she fastened her hair in a bun just in case it were to rain. Her beautiful, thick head of flaming red hair tends to frizz on a rainy day unless it's contained in a bun. So, for her wedding day she's taking no chance.A bun it will be.

She has a long, fancy lace trimmed dress with a flowing train, and eyelet lace covered puffed and lace trimmed long sleeves. Her wedding gown also has an eyelet lace and gathered full length dress front insert with ribbon floral lace trim. Her veil is made of & fancy lace and florals. Underneath her gown she is wearing a lace trimmed slip. She has a painted wood head and covered round wood base. Her inner body is made from a dowel covered with fabric and eyelet lace. Her arms are wire-shaped and covered. Her red hair with bangs is fastened into a bun. Two large floral and lace pieces adorn the top of her veil and bodice of her dress. She is carrying a bouquet of flowers with streamers.

So far there are no signs of rain. Elsa has her fingers crossed. She just wants a beautiful wedding day.


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Our It's A Boy! It's A Girl! Terra Cotta Baby Heads Baby Shower Fabric Designs Specifically For Twins


Grandparents just love to hear that they are going to be grandparents.  That is if they can first get over the fact that they are old enough to be grandparents!  Once they are over that - they're in for a delightful time.

We have six grandchildren and enjoyed being grandparents four times around.  Now, I know you're going to say, "Linda, your math is a little off......."  Well, it's not.  You see for our first adventure we were blessed with twin granddaughters.  Our second adventure we were blessed with a grandson and for our third adventure we were blessed with another grandson.  For our fourth adventure we were once again blessed with twins - this time twin boys.  How delightful!

So, I decided that it would be fun to design some "It's Raining Baby Showers" fabric specifically for twins and our designs are shown above.

Perfect for making baby shower decorations, favors, ornaments, pillows, baby quilts, etc. Coordinates with all our baby shower fabrics.

© 2011-2018 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh.


Sunday, February 04, 2018

Our New It's A Boy! It's A Girl! Spool and Pincushion Baby Showers Fabric Designs

I just love baby shower fabric designs that are cheery and set the mood for a wonderful, happy occasion. That can't help but bring a smile to every one's face.

For sure our new "It's A Boy! It's A Girl! Spool and Pincushion" baby shower fabric designs will bring a smile to your face.  With those big grins it would be impossible not to smile.



Friday, February 02, 2018

New Swaddling Baby Heads Baby Shower Custom Fabric Designs Collection



There's something irresistible about babies and delightful pink and blue baby fabrics. Wouldn't you agree? I know I love them and love designing them.

So, when it came time to create some new fabric designs for my "Swaddling Baby Heads Baby Fabric Designs Collection" I could not wait.

I loved it so much I ended up revising most of the fabric designs in my baby shower collections. I hope you enjoy the new and revised designs.

We hope you enjoy making many, many decorations and gifts.

© 2011-2018 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Two Adorable New Crawling Baby Boys and Girls Custom Fabric Designs



There's something irresistible about babies and delightful pink and blue baby fabrics. Wouldn't you agree? I know I love them and love designing them.

So, when it came time to create some new fabric designs for my "Crawling Baby Boys and Girls Fabric Designs Collection" baby shower custom fabric designs I could not wait.

I loved it so much I ended up revising most of the fabric designs in my baby shower collections. I hope you enjoy the new and revised designs.

We hope you enjoy making many, many decorations and gifts.

© 2011-2018 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.

The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Jimmy Me Lucky - Leprechaun” Country Leprechaun Doll Decoration Products


"Jimmy Me Lucky - Leprechaun" considers himself not only a lucky leprechaun, but a charming one as well. He can charms the pants off of anyone and just make their day with the twinkle in his eyes and his charming smile. Plus, when he starts to charm them with his remarkable wit and keen intelligence they just get blown away. But, when he promises then a pot o' gold and then doesn't deliver they are none too happy with Jimmy. By then he's lost all his charm.

"Jimmy Me Lucky - Leprechaun" is a 23" country Leprechaun from our "Pleasantly Plump Series." He is a squared bottomed self-standing cloth and wood doll. His arms and hands are wired and his cloth head and cloth body are supported by a wood dowel and wood base. His face is outlined embroidered with black back stitches and water colored. His eyes are indented and he has green water colored irises, black water colored pupils, and the whites of his eyes are water colored white. His eyelids are water colored gold and his eyebrows are water colored brown. He has a round raised nose, a ton of freckles on his nose and cheeks, black wrinkle lines and a red mouth. His mustache, and full beard are made of red wool roving. His cheeks are pencil colored and blushed rosy.

Jimmy has has a mass of curly red doll hair which is barely controlled under his hat. His hat is lined and has a large, wide brim with a black belt and square gold buckle fastened around the band. He is wearing his favorite St. Patrick's day green outfit. His body is made of a green knit. His shamrock print shirt is finished along the edges and gathered at the neck edge and wrists. A large black belt with square gold buckle is tightly fastened around his waist. He is smoking his favorite pipe which is perched in his left hand. He is carrying a gathered pot o' gold bag with gold bars and ribbon and shamrock decorations in his right hand.

Jimmy can fool everyone once with his remarkable charm and it is "shame on him!" If he fools them twice - well, it's "shame on them!"

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

New and Revised Babies Splashing In The Rain Custom Fabric Designs





There's something irresistible about babies and delightful pink and blue baby fabrics. Wouldn't you agree?

I know I love them and love designing them. So, when it came time to create some new fabric designs for some of my baby shower custom fabric designs I could not wait.

I loved it so much I ended up revising most of the fabric designs in my baby shower collections. I hope you enjoy the new and revised designs from my Babies Splashing In The Rain Custom Fabric Collection.

We hope you enjoy making many, many decorations and gifts.

© 2011-2018 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.

Revised Designs For The Quilt Patterns Custom Fabric Collection






When you're designing fabrics geometric patterns like those used in quilts can be challenging. I hope you like my revised Quilt Patterns Fabric Designs Collection.

© 2011-2018 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Doll Products Lines Series - Victorian Hand Embroidered and Embellished Wool Felt Dress Ornaments




I just love everything and anything Victorian and love it when I can combine a love for Victorian dresses with a love for crafting with wool felt. Such was the case when I was making handmade Victorian wool felt ornaments with embroidery and embellishments.


I created 9 new Victorian wool felt dress patterns and 9 pairs of handmade Victorian wool felt dress ornaments that I embroidered and embellished with beads, ribbons, and lace trim decorations.  Then I created 2 in 1 combo e-patterns so you could create some of your own.


Last year I created three 6 in 1 Victorian wool felt dress patterns so you could create multiple combinations of Victorian dresses of your own.  





"A Bit Of The Victorian Emerald Isles, Waltz Thru the Blue Night Belles and Belle Of The Gray Ball"

The Dolls Product Lines Series - Shoes Products


If you've been a follower of my Linda's Blog for awhile you know I have many obsessions - one of which is miniature shoes and socks. In fact, I wrote about this not too long ago in a Linda's Blog post entitled "An Obsession With Shoes and Socks!" and in a post entitled  "An Obsession With Shoes? Mine or Hers?"

Besides an obsession with miniature shoes and socks I also have an obsession with dolls, the Victorian era, floral arrangements, history, and genealogy.  However, lately, I'm not so sure about the shoe obsession.

In any event I decided to design a few cloth shoe ornaments of my own and to create free e-patterns so you could make some of your own.  That is - if you're as obsessed with shoes as I am. And, because I had the adorable shoe graphics for my e-pattern I decided to create some adorable custom fabric.  Enjoy!

Lace Me Up! Free Victorian Shoe Ornament E-Pattern


"Lace Me Up!" is a pattern to make a beautiful Victorian black and white shoe ornament.

"Lace Me Up!"is a 6" shoe ornament with two rows of beautiful lace adornments.

She is easy to make and is a wonderful ornament decoration for any Victorian or shabby chic home.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Revised Designs For The Victorian Dress Custom Fabric Designs Collection





There's no doubt that I absolutely love Victorian dresses.  In fact, my love of Victorian dresses was part of the impetus for my Victorian Dress 1  Fabric Designs Collection  It's been several years since I first designed this collection and decided it was time for some revisions. So, I revised all the the fabrics in that collection.  There's a lot there so I hope you get a chance to see them all.

I hope you like all the revised designs in my Victorian Dress 1  Fabric Designs Collection.

We hope you enjoy making many, many decorations and gifts.

© 2011-2018 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

My New Victorian Ladies Custom Fabric Design Collection


There is no doubt that I love Victorian dolls and especially love "faceless" dolls so it should come as no surprise that I wanted to design a line of custom fabrics for my Victorian "Ladies" faceless dolls.    I hope you love all my new "Victorian Ladies Custom Fabric Designs Collection" custom fabric designs.


© 2017 - 2018 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.

The Dolls Product Lines Series - “Mary Elizabeth" Victorian Faceless "Lady" Art Doll Products


Mary Elizabeth just loves her twin sisters: Mary Elizabeth Loves Black and Mary Elizabeth Loves White. She doesn't even mind that they idolize her. They always want to wear the same outfit as their big sister does. However, when it comes to the color of their hair this is where they differ. You see, Mary Elizabeth Loves Black wants her hair color to be black and Mary Elizabeth Loves White wants her hair color to be white. So, instead of dying their natural hair color, which is dirty blonde and the same color as Mary Elizabeth's they decided to buy different color wigs.

"Mary Elizabeth White" is 13" a free-standing Victorian doll all ready for her summer friends. She is wearing her favorite 1894 Paris Summer Gown. She has a two-tiered pointed and lined jacket with a 3-tiered collar, long puffed & color coordinated cuffed sleeves, lace and ribbon waistband and silk floral closure. Her fancy lace & floral lined hat with a large ribbon tied in a bow, floral decoration, and feather sits lovingly upon her head. Her beautiful blue laced trimmed dress has a lined train, lace collar, and silk floral decoration. Her curly white hair with bangs is fashioned into a bun and she is carrying a lace trimmed parasol. Her arms are wire-shaped and covered. She also has a painted wood head and covered round wood base. Her inner body is made from a dowel covered with fabric and eyelet lace.She has a two-tiered pointed and lined jacket with a 3-tiered collar, long puffed & color coordinated cuffed sleeves, lace and ribbon waistband and silk floral closure. Her fancy lace & floral lined hat with a large ribbon tied in a bow, floral decoration, and feather sits lovingly upon her head. Her beautiful blue laced trimmed dress has a lined train, lace collar, and silk floral decoration. Her thick blonde hair with bangs is fashioned into a bun and she is carrying a lace trimmed parasol. She also has a painted wood head and covered round wood base. Her inner body is made from a dowel covered with fabric and eyelet lace. Her arms are wire-shaped and covered.

When it comes to hair and hair color Mary Elizabeth's sisters think they are experts at matching the right hair color wig to the right complexion. Mary Elizabeth is not so sure. She much prefers her natural blonde hair.