Sunday, May 31, 2015

My New Free Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Purple Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorial

Victorian Cut and Sew Dresses Purple Pair

In my Linda's Blog post entitled "My New Free Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Hand Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorials"  I told you about the Victorian cut and sew doll dresses that I had spent the last few weeks blissfully hand embroidering and embellishing.

I also told you that I had decided that while I was creating each of them I would create Linda's How-Do-I? E-Book tutorials for each to show you how to hand embroider and embellish them yourself and that the e-book tutorials would be available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and viewable on Google Drive.

I'm happy to tell you that my Victorian Cut and Sew Purple Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorials are now available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and viewable on Google Drive.

I hope you enjoy my free e-book tutorials.


My Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorial show you how to make two different versions of my purple Victorian cut and sew  dress ornaments, which are pictured above.

Each dress is 6" long and is hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and bead work on BOTH sides. Each dress is blanket stitched around the edges and a Basic Blanket Stitch Guide is included in the e-book.

Both dresses would be perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home.

To view and download my free combined two Victorian dress e-book tutorial please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view my free e-book. Then just download my free .pdf e-book tutorial.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

My New Free Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Black Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorial

Victorian Cut and Sew Dresses Black Pair

In my Linda's Blog post entitled "My New Free Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Hand Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorials" I told you about the Victorian cut and sew doll dresses that I had spent the last few weeks blissfully hand embroidering and embellishing.

I also told you that I had decided that while I was creating each of them I would create Linda's How-Do-I? E-Book tutorials for each to show you how to hand embroider and embellish them yourself and that the e-book tutorials would be available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and viewable on Google Drive.

I'm happy to tell you that my Victorian Cut and Sew Black Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorials are now available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and viewable on Google Drive.

I hope you enjoy my free e-book tutorials.


My Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorial show you how to make two different versions of my black Victorian cut and sew  dress ornaments, which are pictured above.

Each dress is 6" long and is hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and beadwork on BOTH sides. Each dress is blanket stitched around the edges and a Basic Blanket Stitch Guide is included in the e-book.

Both dresses would be perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home.


To view and download my free combined two Victorian dress e-book tutorial please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view my free e-book. Then just download my free .pdf e-book tutorial.

Friday, May 29, 2015

My New Free Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Pink Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorial

Victorian Cut and Sew Dresses Pink Pair

In my Linda's Blog post entitled "My New Free Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Hand Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorials" I told you about the Victorian cut and sew doll dresses that I had spent the last few weeks blissfully hand embroidering and embellishing.

I also told you that I had decided that while I was creating each of them I would create Linda's How-Do-I? E-Book tutorials for each to show you how to hand embroider and embellish them yourself and that the e-book tutorials would be available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and viewable on Google Drive.

I'm happy to tell you that my Victorian Cut and Sew Pink Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorials are now available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and viewable on Google Drive.

I hope you enjoy my free e-book tutorials.


My Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorial show you how to make two different versions of my pink Victorian cut and sew  dress ornaments, which are pictured above.

Each dress is 6" long and is hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and bead work on BOTH sides. Each dress is blanket stitched around the edges and a Basic Blanket Stitch Guide is included in the e-book.

Both dresses would be perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home.



To view and download my free combined two Victorian dress e-book tutorial please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view my free e-book. Then just download my free .pdf e-book tutorial.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

My New Free Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Blue Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorial

Victorian Cut and Sew Dresses Blue Pair

In my Linda's Blog post entitled "My New Free Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Hand Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorials"  I told you about the Victorian cut and sew doll dresses that I had spent the last few weeks blissfully hand embroidering and embellishing.

I also told you that I had decided that while I was creating each of them I would create Linda's How-Do-I? E-Book tutorials for each to show you how to hand embroider and embellish them yourself and that the e-book tutorials would be available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and viewable on Google Drive.

I'm happy to tell you that my Victorian Cut and Sew Blue Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorials are now available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and viewable on Google Drive.

I hope you enjoy my free e-book tutorials.


My Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorial shows you how to make two different versions of my blue Victorian cut and sew  dress ornaments, which are pictured above.

Each dress is 6" long and is hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and bead work on BOTH sides. Each dress is blanket stitched around the edges and a Basic Blanket Stitch Guide is included in the e-book.

Both dresses would be perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home.


To view and download my free combined two Victorian dress e-book tutorial please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view my free e-book. Then just download my free .pdf e-book tutorial.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Victorian Custom Fabric Victorian Cut and Sew Hand Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Set #1 and #2


I have spent the last few weeks blissfully hand embroidering and embellishing 16 Victorian dresses on BOTH sides using my Victorian Cut and Sew Custom Fabric Designs.  I had been anxious to create these dresses and finally had a chance to do so.

I also decided that while I was creating each of them I would create tutorials for each to show you how to hand embroider and embellish them yourself.  The tutorials will be available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and Google Drive shortly.

Two sets of my hand embroidered and embellished on both sides Victorian dress ornaments are available in my Linda Walsh Originals Shop.   

I had created six Victorian Christmas dresses.  One each were include in the 6 dress sets.  The remaining four are available in two sets of two pairs each in my Linda Walsh Originals Shop. 


Two 6-Victorian Dresses Group Cut and Sew Ornaments Kit are available in my Linda Walsh Originals Shop, too so you can create your own sets.  




Victorian Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Set #1

A beautiful set of 6 Victorian dresses that were hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and bead work on BOTH sides.

The Christmas dress is 5 1/2" long and the remaining five are 6" long.

Each dress is perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home.



Victorian Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Set #2

A beautiful set of 6 Victorian dresses that were hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and bead work on BOTH sides.

The Christmas dress is 5 1/2" long and the remaining five are 6" long.

Each dress is perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home.



Victorian Embroidered and Embellished Christmas Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Pair #1

A beautiful pair of Victorian Christmas dresses that were hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and bead work on BOTH sides.

The Christmas dress is 5 1/2" long.

Each dress is perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home during the Christmas season.




Victorian Embroidered and Embellished Christmas Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Pair #2

A beautiful pair of Victorian Christmas dresses that were hand embellished with embroidery, ribbon, lace trims and bead work on BOTH sides.

The Christmas dress is 5 1/2" long.

Each dress is perfect as a decoration for any shabby chic, Victorian, or cottage style home during the Christmas season.




6-Piece Victorian Dresses Group Cut and Sew Ornaments Kit - Creates Six 3 1/2" by 6" Cotton Fabric Dress Ornaments 

Cut and Sew Kit Contents: Six (6) pieces, as shown above, consisting of our Victorian Dresses cut and sew cotton fabric piece designs and instructions for finishing the ornaments. Kit DOES NOT include sewing thread, poly-fil, warm and natural or batting, iron-on interfacing, ribbons, beads, lace trim decorations and DMC color coordinated embroidery floss needed to create the ornaments.

Instructions included for finishing the ornaments via blanket stitch embroidering the edges of the ornaments. Kit includes how-to tutorial for blanket stitching. Kit does not includesewing thread, poly-fil, warm and natural or batting, iron-on interfacing, ribbons, beads, lace trim decorations and DMC color coordinated embroidery floss that you will need to buy to finish the cut and sew dress ornaments.

The Victorian Dresses cut and sew kit contains 6 of the Victorian Dresses cotton fabric pieces.




Copyright © 2004-2020 Linda Walsh Originals—Designs by Linda Walsh - Kit and Contents For Personal Use Only

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My New Free Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Hand Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorials



In my Linda's Blog post entitled "Victorian Hand Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments Finished On Both Sides Set #1 and #2" I told you about the Victorian cut and sew doll dresses that I had spent the last few weeks blissfully hand embroidering and embellishing.

I also told you that I had decided that while I was creating each of them I would create Linda's How-Do-I? E-Book tutorials for each to show you how to hand embroider and embellish them yourself and that the e-book tutorials would be available on the  Free Victorian Doll & Craft E-Patterns & E-Books page of my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me Blog and viewable on Google Drive.

I'm happy to tell you that all of my Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorials are now available on my Free E-Patterns, E-Printables and E-Books page and viewable on Google Drive. Just click the links below:



I paired the blue, purple, pink, yellow, and black dresses and created a combined two dress tutorial for each of the colors as well as separate tutorials for each of the dresses. That way you can choose which free e-book tutorials you want to view and/or download.


I've broken the six Victorian Christmas dresses into two groups, as shown above, but each Christmas dress has its' own tutorial e-book.

I hope you enjoy my free Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make Our Victorian Cut and Sew Dress Ornaments E-Book Tutorials.

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

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Monday, May 25, 2015

A Beautiful New Addition To My Sister's Family - Marigold


My sister has a new addition to her family.


Meet Marigold.


What a little sweetie....


Cute as a button.


Wouldn't you agree?

I can't wait to see how beautiful her natural fiber will be.  I'm going to need lots of it.  Hint... Hint...



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gift Baskets & Bags Tutorials, Gift Boxes Video's, Patterns, and How-To's Board on Pinterest



I've always liked adorning my presents with big bows and other accessories - silk florals, stuffed animals, and cute little decorations for kids like bendies, softies, etc. My grandchildren loved getting gifts with little creatures attached.


During the holidays one of my favorites things to do is decorate the presents. Hubby does all the wrapping. I do all the decorating and, when I doing this, I'm in my glory. Storing all the different accessories needed for decorating presents all year can be a bit of a challenge, but the end result is always worth it.



So, of course, I love it when I find beautiful, creative ways to decorate presents, gift baskets or gifts in a jar. If you love decorating as much as I do I hope you find the tutorials, video's, patterns and how-to's on my Pinterest board helpful.

If you love my Gift Baskets & Bags Tutorials, Gift Boxes Video's, Patterns, and How-To's board please follow my board by clicking on the link above.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Perhaps It's Time I Made An Apple Head Doll - Maybe She'll Have A Victorian Outfit!


Image Courtesy of The National Gallery of Art

According to the Apple-Head Trio illustration shown above from the Dolls from the Index of American Design Collection at The National Gallery of ArtThis apple-head trio was designed and made in North Carolina about 1892. Apple-head dolls probably originated with the Iroquois Indians. The expression on the face was produced by pinching the surface of the apple when it began to shrink.

Jane Iverson (artist), American, active c. 1935, Mrs. Almira Smith (object maker), Wenham Historical Society (object owner), American Dolls, c. 1936, watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paper, Index of American Design, 1943.8.15576

Viewing this illustration got me to thinking about apple head dolls and their history.  So, of course, I had to do a little research.


While doing my research on the "History of Faceless Dolls" I ran across the Wisconsin Historical Society website that had an amazing collection of 23 apple head dolls, including the beautiful apple head doll shown in the screenshot above.

She is described as, "Applehead doll, woman, black dress, white apron, USA, 1952-1956." I loved all the dolls in the collections and think it is well worth seeing. If you would like to see all 23 of the apple head dolls in their collection please click here.

According to Wikipedia.org"An apple doll is a North American cultural phenomenon where the doll's head is made from dried apples. The apple is peeled, then carved with the facial features of the doll. Next the apple is left to dry for several days or weeks. When completely dry, the apple is positioned on the top of a wire frame which is shaped into the rest of the doll's body. The rest of the wire frame is covered up by the doll's clothing, which is usually sewn by hand. In modern times, apple dolls are mostly used as decorations or to display craftsmanship, rather than as children's toys. Because of the different effects drying produces, no two dolls are alike."

That latter statement is definitely true and all you have to do is look at the 23 apple head dolls in the Wisconsin collection above to see that no two dolls are alike.


According to the Encyclopedia of American Folk Art, "Unlike corn hisk dolls, which have dual origins in  the European and Native American cultures, nuts and apple dolls were largely indigenous to American soil."

"Americans made the first apple-head dolls.  As pioneers came into contact with various tribes, they began to copy their dolls.  Traders persuaded Native Americans to dress their apple-head dolls in bright costumes with elaborate ornamentation, for sale to tourists. Their apple faces were either carved or pinched in, to create the features before they shrunk as they dried."


The Springfield-Greene County Library District Springfield, Missouri website had a Bittersweet article in 1974, Volume II, No. 2, Winter 1974 by Verna Lucas entitled APPLEHEAD DOLLS.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Molly Brinkerhoff Doll - Buried With A Family's Cherished Possession During The Revolutionary War



When I was doing my "History of Faceless Dolls" research I ran across another doll that I was intriqued with and wanted to know more.  She was also around in the colonial times and had an amazing history. It seems she was loved so much she was buried in a chest by her owners with other cherished possessions when the British invaded Long Island and then dug up later when the war was over.

Can you imagine loving a doll so much you want to safeguard her during a war? I certainly can.

While she wasn't pertinent to my research on "faceless" dolls I just had to know more. While there wasn't a lot of information on her there was some. Here's what I found.

The Chicago Tribune in 1948 had an article in their Books Alive column by Vincent Starrett that was reviewing a book "The Dolls of Yesterday" by Eleanor St. George (Scribner).


In their article they mentioned the Molly Brinkerhoff doll and said:  "YOU will not find the name of Molly Brinkerhoff in American history, and that is a pity, for she was a heroine of the Revolutionary War who merits our sympathy and respect. One of the oldest rag dolls in the United States, she has come down the years in fair condition, all things considered, and now lives in Vermont - aged perhaps 175 years - with her present owner, Mrs. Richard G. Miller of White River Junction."

"Molly is mother made of  old homespun linen stuffed with flax. Her hair and features are embroidered.  One arm now is missing, and her clothing has long since vanished: but with care she may last another century or two and survive seven more wars."

"Her adventures have already been notable.  Certain colonial Brinkerhoff kids loved her and wept to leave her when the British army swept toward their Long Island home. They hid her in a chest, with other treasures, and buried her in the sands of Long Island, then fled with their parents before the tide of war. Later, when the war was over, she was resurrected and restored to her adoring family."

"After her mother's death, Mrs. Miller -a direct descendant of two colonial famiies - found Molly in her attic, together with a plaque that had accompanied her to some fund-raising fair in Civil War times.  The plaque reads:"
Molly Brinkerhoff

I am not made of dust or wax,
But homespun linen stuffed with flax,
No human being treads the earth
That was alive at Molly's birth.
Many scores have I, old Molly,
Kept the Brinkerhoff children jolly.
During the war of '76
I ofken chest deep in the sand
I was buried on Long Island strand.
There safe from British and Tories I lay
Til the last of the redcoats skedaddled away.


"There is no signature, but the poet is obviously Molly herself, writing perhaps on her hudreth birthday.  The note of quiet authority is unmistakable."


In the book  "Cloth Dolls From Ancient to Modern - A Collector's Guide With Values by Linda Edward" there is a mention of the Molly Brinkerhoff doll on page 8 that said, "A Revolutionary America period doll known as Molly Brinkerhoff was oened by the Brinkerhoff children. She is 25 inches (63.5cm) tall and made of linen stuffed with flax. Her hair and features are neatly embroidered. She was held in such hig esteem by her owners that when the British troops advanced on Long Island, New York, she was buried in a chest on the Long Island Strand along with the other family valuables to protect her from the "Redcoats and torries." When the family returned home after the wa she was dug up again safe and sound to become a cherished family heirloom."


Also, according to The Information Please Girls' Almanac By Alice Siegel - Page 146, "Molly Brinkeroff - Molly was a doll that was buried by her owners along with their household goods when the British invaded Long Island in the days before the American revolution. When  Molly was dug up she became a keepsake for generations of Brinkeroffs, who associated her with that period in history."

I wish I had found more information on her and had found a picture.  I haven't yet, but I'll keep trying.

Gotta LOVE Babies and My Baby Shower & Baby Gifts Tutorials, Patterns, Video's and How-To's Pinterest Board



When it comes to melting my heart an adorable smile from a little baby will get me every time.  I can't resist babies - especially smiling babies.


One of my all time favorite doll designs is my "Baby Nicky" doll. He's a baby shower centerpiece doll that I designed based upon my grandson "Nicky" who had the most wonderful, curly head of hair as a baby that you could ever imagine. I just LOVED it and would love to swap hair with him.


If you've been following my Linda's Blog you know that "Baby Nicky" has been involved in a lot of what goes on in "The Dollie Storage Room." That's not hard to understand as he's a fun loving doll and is very popular among the other "dollies."

When I was designing new patterns a couple of years ago I wanted to design some more baby shower centerpieces and favors or ornaments to compliment "Baby Nicky." So, I ended up designing a bunch of centerpieces and favors.

I wanted something for the centerpieces that would capture the guests attention at a baby shower and decided that a baby boy and baby girl doll around 16" tall each would be perfect. Something that could stand alone on a center table or individual tables and be easy to make.

  

I also wanted the centerpiece to look soft, cuddly, warm and inviting so I decided to create my dolls out of some old flannel pillowcases that my sister had given me. You see, in our family we never throw anything away that could be used in sewing or crafts. So, as you might expect I get a LOT of stuff. In any event, the old flannel pillowcases were perfect for the two baby centerpiece dolls I had in mind.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

For the Love of Brides & Wedding Crafts Tutorials, Video's, Patterns and How-To's Board on Pinterest


Who doesn't love weddings and beautiful brides? I know I do.  So much so that I've designed and made several bridal dolls.  Some are "faceless" and some have embroidered faces.

You could say I have a bridal doll obsession. Truth be told I have a serious DOLL obsession, but I do like designing and creating bridal dolls - especially if they're Victorian like the one pictured above.


I also like collecting bridal dolls like the one in the picture above that my mother and sister gave me. She's very "gibson" like - don't you think?   I just love her.


I also love decorating for wedding events, like bridal showers and spent a couple glorious days years ago preparing for my nieces bridal shower. My sister, sister-in-law and I were throwing the shower and divvying up the tasks to be done.  It should come as not surprise to any of you that I was in charge of the decorations.

Several years ago I decided to create a free e-book on what we did for this bridal shower entitled, "How To Host A Folksy, Family & Friends Bridal Shower." If you'd like to read that e-book please click here or on the picture above.

I personally love handmade decorations and wedding gifts sewn with love - like a beautiful silk floral bouquet, wall quilt, cross-stitch wedding picture, wedding collage memory book, wedding wreath, customized scrapbook, etc.

As a result I find myself looking at all the wonderful wedding and bridal shower tutorials on the web. There are just so many fun ways to decorate now that it's hard to chose.



If you are planning and decorating for your own wedding I hope you find these tutorials, video's and how-to's to be helpful.

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