Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I've Written A Lot of Doll Histories For My Linda's Blog and My Victorian Dolls Blog

Besides being a lover of Victorian dolls and genealogy I also love history - especially doll histories. Being a lover of doll histories prompted me to write all the doll history posts that can be seen on my Linda's Blog and on my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me blog. Enjoy!

DOLL HISTORIES ON MY LINDA'S BLOG and My Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions, The Victorian Era and Me Blog 

















































I hope you enjoy all my posts.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

"Winter Roses" Art Doll By Hally Levesque Featured In Winter Issue of Art Doll Quarterly



Last November I heard from Hally Levesque that the "Winter Roses" art doll I had won in the Hally Levesque "Romantic Rosebella" class at Artful Gathering last year was going to be featured in the winter issue of Art Doll Quarterly.

I didn't get a chance to buy a copy until recently and was thrilled to see that she was the first article and was being featured on page 6. In the article Hally describes what her design and creation process was in regards to making her and is a fascinating read.


Every time I look at her I can't believe how unbelievably beautiful she is and am thankful to Hally for creating such a remarkable art doll. I will cherish her forever.

I hope you all get a chance to read the article about 'Winter Roses" in the winter 2018 issue of Art Doll Quarterly .


Some Of The Designs I Entered In Spoonflower Design Challenges Recently




Once in awhile I decide to enter some of my fabric designs into the Spoonflower Design Challenges and entered 7 into their contests recently.  I didn't win any but I definitely had fun designing them.

I hope you like my designs.



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.

Flora Ellen Handmade Victorian Lady Bridal Art Doll Decoration

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.

© 2011-2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Designs By Linda Walsh.


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.

© 2011-2019 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!"