Thursday, July 20, 2017

My “Linda" Victorian Faceless "Lady" Art Doll New E-Pattern and Handmade Dolls

Years ago I decided that the first doll and doll pattern that I designed would be named "Linda"  And, "yes" she is named after me. What a surprise? Bet you could see that coming a mile away.

If you are a reader of my Linda's Blog you know that I'm a doll maker and doll pattern designer. I'm also a bit of a genealogy buff. So, I decided to combine my love of doll making and love of genealogy by naming my doll patterns after members of my family - past and present. I thought by doing so that it would be a nice way to honor my ancestors.

I gave a lot of thought to "Linda" as I wasn't quite sure where and how to begin. Besides being a lover of dolls and genealogy I also have a passion for the clothes of the Victorian Era. I wanted my first doll, my namesake, to be a Victorian. I also knew that I wanted my dolls to be able to stand up on their own.

I'd seen a lot of porcelain dolls which were all very beautiful but, wanted something different. I wanted to design a doll who had a "distinct" personality that was not determined by her face. What I wanted was to create a "faceless" doll. My feeling is that faces overwhelm the dolls personality and, therefore, have a greater impact on her personality. I wanted the clothing, hair, accessories, color scheme, etc. of the Victorian period to determine the personality of the doll.

So, I decided that the best way to accomplish this was to use a wooden ball for the head, a 1/4" dowel for the neck, a 1" dowel for the body, and a wood circle for the base. Her wooden head would be painted with a flesh colored paint. I added a little blush for color. Her arms were going to be wires covered with batting so they were bendable. Also, her hands were going to be made out of old lace, preferably old lace gloves (talk about hard to find).

Batting was wrapped around the wood dowel for padding for the body. If I wanted her to be a little chunkier (what's wrong with chunky?) then I would just add more padding. A fitted slip was added to the lower part of her body and glued to the sides of the fitted circle so she was self-enclosed.

The fun part was that "Linda's" personality started to develop as I went along. Now this might sound a little crazy, but the doll kind of spoke to me as she was being created. If that sounds crazy to you that's okay. I know all my doll making and crafting friends will understand this.

"Linda" wanted to be a prim and proper Victorian so she decided that an 1850 Street Costume would be appropriate for herself. She wanted a lined 2-tier jacket with a 3-tiered lined shawl. She also wanted a lined bonnet, lace trimmed parasol, lace trimmed dress with long lace trimmed and gathered sleeves, lace gloves, lace trimmed slip and long curly blonde hair.

I tried to talk her out of being "blonde" with all the connotations that come with that. She didn't care. It was 1850 after all and they didn't have "dumb blondes" back then. Who came up with that term anyway? I told her that I, her namesake, had straight, fine hair. It didn't matter to her whether or not she looked like me. It was going to be long, curly blond hair or nothing. So, "Linda" had her way. Of course, my Mother would tell you that she was just like me in that regard.

So, "Linda" got her 1850 Street Costume and long, curly, blonde hair. She was well suited to be a prim and proper Victorian "Lady" if I didn't say so myself. Plus, as she tells me, she doesn't look anything like her namesake which she is thankful for. I don't know if I should be insulted or not. What do you think?

Linda has been a lover of beautiful Victorian outfits for quite some time and just loves coordinated street outfits. She loves to take a fanciful stroll in the park each and every afternoon and loves wearing the latest in French attire. She also happens to have a weakness for anything blue. It just compliments her blonde hair like no other color can. So, today she has on her latest blue coordinated French outfit.

"Linda" is a free-standing doll wearing an 1850 street costume. She has a lined 2-tier gathered jacket with a 3-tiered lined shawl. Her beautiful long curly blonde hair is framed by her lined bonnet. She is wearing a beautiful blue lace trimmed dress with long lace trimmed and gathered sleeves. Her arms are wire-shaped and covered. and 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. A lace trimmed slip is underneath her beautiful blue coordinated dress. Her bonnet and shawl are tied around her neck and she is wearing lace gloves and is carrying a lace trimmed parasol. A floral ribbon serves as a clasp for her lined jacket.

Linda is so proud to be the first Victorian doll designed by Linda Walsh and proudly carries her name. She is a stunningly beautiful Victorian doll - coordinated blue outfit and all.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

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