Monday, August 02, 2021

My Free Graduation Cap and Gown E-Pattern - For Any 20" Doll (Including American Girl)



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 e-pattern to go along with the pattern pieces. My customer was happy with their gown and I ended up with a new e-pattern.


My graduation cap and gown for 20" doll e-pattern makes 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 was one of my best selling e-patterns because it was easily adjusted and used to make all sorts of graduation caps and gowns for various size dolls, bears, centerpieces at graduation parties, etc.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

My Victorian Conservatory and How I Put It Together


For most of my life I have wanted to build a Victorian dollhouse.  As far as I was concerned the more Victorian and ornate the better.  I wanted to build everything in the dollhouse from the Queen Anne furniture to the traditional Victorian furnishings.

I was not naïve as to how much work was involved, or so I thought.  I knew it would be a LOT of work starting from the wood kits to the adding of all the embellishments like the wallpaper, buildable furniture, floors, rugs, lighting, ceilings, and all the accessories associated with a dollhouse.  

I wanted everything to be handmade.

Well, time definitely gets ahead of you the older you get and over the years life kept happening.  I never did build my dream dollhouse.  Well, here I was at 67 years of age, in the in the middle of a Covid pandemic and thinking about building that dollhouse.  

You might be wondering - why now? Well, as it happens in April 2021 I saw a June 2016 blog post by Laura Carlson on the Alpha Stamps Blog entitled "Miniature Victorian Conservatory!


I was intrigued by this and thought it might be a good introduction into miniatures and a good example as to what was involved with creating a doll house which I knew would be much more elaborate and time consuming than a Victorian conservatory.

I was drawn to this conservatory as it was Victorian and involved plants, which I also happen to love and thought it would be perfect in my sunroom.

I decided to research what supplies were needed and started with the Alpha Stamps website to see what was available now.  Keep in mind the blog post was written in 2016 and it was now 5 years later so I wasn't sure what supplies were still available.

Well, to my delight the conservatory itself was still available in laser-cut 3D chipboard, as was a platform foundation of laser-cut 3D chipboard.  I was thrilled.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Fun With Paper Dolls - New Christmas Mixed Media Art Picture Creations


As mentioned in my previous post, over a year ago JoAnn Robinson, who is an amazing artist, posted about some of the mixed media digital paper doll images that she had created.   I saw them and just fell in love with them.  They were just adorable and I knew I had to create something with them.  

Jo is an online friend of mine from some of my Artful Gathering online classes who sells her digital art in her waifsNwhatnots Etsy store.  As I usually do I got carried away and ended up buying a lot of her digital images.  I just couldn't resist them.

Well, as craft projects usually go with me I wasn't able to play with them until a couple of weeks ago and play I did.  Jo's paper art doll images are just so much fun to create with and I couldn't resist creating mixed media art paper art doll pictures on art boards.  

I wanted to create different seasonal and holiday picture decorations of various art board sizes and envisioned some would hang on my wall and some would be stand alone art pictures in picture stands. 

I also wanted my mixed media pictures to create a 3d effect so I added a combination of collage images, sponge painting,  mixed media fibers, ribbons, buttons, 3d paper flowers, paper foliage, dried floral, and fringe. 

Given that Christmas is my all time favorite decorating season I knew I would love all of Jo's Christmas paper art doll images.  So, when I saw Jo's paper art doll star angels and elf I knew I would be making some of them right away.  They were the first pictures I created.  

I ended up making 3 pictures for the Christmas holiday decorating season and they are as follows:

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Fun With Paper Dolls - New Fall and Halloween Mixed Media Art Picture Creations



As mentioned in my previous post, over a year ago JoAnn Robinson, who is an amazing artist, posted about some of the mixed media digital paper doll images that she had created.   I saw them and just fell in love with them.  They were just adorable and I knew I had to create something with them.  

Jo is an online friend of mine from some of my Artful Gathering online classes who sells her digital art in her waifsNwhatnots Etsy store.  As I usually do I got carried away and ended up buying a lot of her digital images.  I just couldn't resist them - especially the witches.

Well, as craft projects usually go with me I wasn't able to play with them until a couple of weeks ago and play I did.  Jo's paper art doll images are just so much fun to create with and I couldn't resist creating mixed media art paper art doll pictures on art boards.  

I wanted to create different seasonal and holiday picture decorations of various art board sizes and envisioned some would hang on my wall and some would be stand alone art pictures in picture stands. 

I also wanted my mixed media pictures to create a 3d effect so I added a combination of collage images, sponge painting,  mixed media fibers, ribbons, buttons, 3d paper flowers, paper foliage, dried floral, and fringe.

I ended up making 4 pictures for the fall and Halloween decorating season because the witches were too adorable to resist.  The pictures I created are as follows:

Saturday, May 29, 2021

A Mixed Media Art Picture For My Grandson


As mentioned in my previous post, over a year ago JoAnn Robinson, who is an amazing artist, posted about some of the mixed media digital paper doll images that she had created.   I saw them and just fell in love with them.  They were just adorable and I knew I had to create something with them.  

Jo is an online friend of mine from some of my Artful Gathering online classes who sells her digital art in her waifsNwhatnots Etsy store.  As I usually do I got carried away and ended up buying a lot of her digital images.  I just couldn't resist them.

Well, as craft projects usually go with me I wasn't able to play with them until a couple of weeks ago and play I did.  Jo's paper art doll images are just so much fun to create with and I couldn't resist creating mixed media art paper art doll pictures on art boards.  

When I saw one of Jo's art doll digital images of a Victorian man in the moon I knew I had to make a picture from him as a graduation present present for my grandson.  He would be perfect as a handmade gift that I could give him and the words were definitely fitting for a college graduation.  

Friday, May 28, 2021

Playing With Mixed Media Paper Dolls and Art Pictures For The Spring


As mentioned in my previous post, over a year ago JoAnn Robinson, who is an amazing artist, posted about some of the mixed media digital paper doll images that she had created.   I saw them and just fell in love with them.  They were just adorable and I knew I had to create something with them.  

Jo is an online friend of mine from some of my Artful Gathering online classes who sells her digital art in her waifsNwhatnots Etsy store.  As I usually do I got carried away and ended up buying a lot of her digital images.  I just couldn't resist them.

Well, as craft projects usually go with me I wasn't able to play with them until a couple of weeks ago and play I did.  Jo's paper art doll images are just so much fun to create with and I couldn't resist creating mixed media art paper art doll pictures on art boards.  

I wanted to create different seasonal and holiday picture decorations of various art board sizes and envisioned some would hang on my wall and some would be stand alone art pictures in picture stands.

I also wanted my mixed media pictures to create a 3d effect so I added a combination of collage images, sponge painting,  mixed media fibers, ribbons, buttons, 3d paper flowers, paper foliage, dried floral, and fringe.  

I absolutely adored Jo's bunnies and decided to use two of them in one large art board picture for the wall in my farmer's porch.  I ended up making 2 pictures for the spring and summer decorating season and they are as follows:

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Fun With Mixed Media Paper Art Doll Pictures


Over a year ago JoAnn Robinson, who is an amazing artist, posted about some of the mixed media digital paper doll images that she had created.   I saw them and just fell in love with them.  They were just adorable and I knew I had to create something with them.  

Jo is an online friend of mine from some of my Artful Gathering online classes who sells her digital art in her waifsNwhatnots Etsy store.  As I usually do I got carried away and ended up buying a lot of her digital images.  I just couldn't resist them.

Well, as craft projects usually go with me I wasn't able to play with them until a couple of weeks ago and play I did.  Jo's paper art doll images are just so much fun to create with and I couldn't resist creating mixed media art paper art doll pictures on art boards.  

I wanted to create different seasonal and holiday picture decorations of various art board sizes and envisioned some would hang on my wall and some would be stand alone art pictures in picture stands.  

I ended up making 4 pictures for the fall and Halloween decorating season, 3 for the Christmas holiday decorating season, two for the spring and summer decorating season and one as a graduation present for my grandson.

I still have a lot left to create when I get a chance.  I'm not sure when that will be but I do, eventually, end up with some free time when I can play with Jo's paper art doll images again.  

If you get a chance to visit Jo's waifsNwhatnots Etsy shop to see her adorable paper doll images I hope you end up playing like I did.  Way, way too much fun for a senior citizen to be having.... lol




Saturday, May 01, 2021

My New Victorian Little Women Crafts Supplies Collection

 


By now you definitely know that I love anything and everything revolving around crafts.  Not just any crafts, but ALL crafts.  

In fact, my bucket list is filled with different crafts I want to try.  It will take more than a lifetime so I know I won't get to trying everything, but it won't stop me from trying...lol

My latest crafts adventure revolved around the wonderful black and white illustrations from the 1880 Little Women free E-Book on the Project Gutenberg website that had more than 200 illustrations by Frank T. Merrill and a picture of the Home of the Little Women by Edmund H. Garrett.


As I started looking through the pages, looking at the beautiful black and white illustrations, and reading some of the chapters again I felt inspired and thought they'd make for some adorable toile mixed media, collage, decoupage  or paper-craft creations. So, I created fabric designs in 4 complimentary toile colors: black. white, burgundy, blue, and brown.  

Of course, I didn't stop with just the fabric designs.  

Au! Contraire!

I went on to create custom scrapbook designs, rubber stamps, vinyl stickers, paper stickers, wall decals, etc.  

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Free E-Book of Mixed Media and Collage Scrapbook Pages From the 1880 Little Women Book


Last July I posted about my love of books and my grandmother's and great Aunts influence on me. Two of the first books I got from my grandmother back in 1966 when I was a young lady were Little Women and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott.  

I loved the books and especially loved Jo because she was so fiercely independent.  I also admired Louisa May Alcott as she was an abolitionist, feminist and involved in the women's suffrage movement.  


For several months in 2020 I had been looking for illustrations in some of the free e-books that are in the public domain on the Project Gutenberg website.  To my surprise I found the Little Women free E-Book (cover shown above) on the Project Gutenberg website from 1880 that had more than 200 illustrations by Frank T. Merrill and a picture of the Home of the Little Women by Edmund H. Garrett. 

Even though they were all black and white I was still thrilled.

The books my grandmother had given me had 4 color illustrations for Little Women and 5 color illustrations for Little Men, which is certainly not a lot of illustrations. Plus, they currently aren't in the public domain.

As I started looking through the pages, looking at the beautiful black and white illustrations, and reading some of the chapters again I felt inspired and thought they'd make for some adorable mixed media, collage, decoupage  or paper-craft creations. 

Just like Louisa May Alcott "I want to do something splendid...." however, unlike Louisa my creations would involve crafts not writing books.

I thought you might get inspired by the books and illustrations too, so I decided to post the illustrations back then for you all to enjoy.

In thinking about my post from 2020 I thought it would be a lot easier for all of you if I created a free e-book with all the illustrations in it that you could save and download to your own computer, which would make it easier for all of you to use the illustrations in your mixed media or collage crafting projects.

So, shown below is my free E-Book.   

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Snow Me Red, White, and Blue 4th of July Country Snowman Free E-Pattern


 

"Snow Me Red, White, and Blue!" wants to show everyone how patriotic he is and is going to do so by wearing his favorite red, white, and blue outfit when he marches in the "Winter Carnival" parade. 

He doesn't care if they're the colors of summer and that it's winter time. He wants to wear them in the parade.

"Snow Me Red, White, and Blue!" is a 15" self-standing patriotic snowman doll. He has white felt body. His face is outline embroidered with black floss and he has black bead eyes, a resin carrot nose, and blushed cheeks. He is wearing his favorite outfit. His coat is lined and cuffed, and has fold down lapels and a red heart front button for closure. His bow tie is red, white, and blue and his lined top hat is, too. 

"Snow Me" is carrying two flags that he hopes to wave during the Winter Carnival parade.

"Snow Me Red, White, and Blue!" is a proud citizen - that is, if snowmen can be citizens - and wants everyone to know it. So, let's hear it for the red, white, and blue.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Uncle Warren - A True Patriot! Primitive Uncle Sam Doll Free E-Pattern


"Uncle Warren" truly is a true red, white, and blue patriot. 

He loves his country and, even now, at the age of 82 is still willing to serve his country. 

If they need him to serve, he'll be ready. 

Of course, at his age he can't fight, but he can still serve. 

Paperwork, no problem. 

Cooking for the GI's, no problem. 

Cleaning the mess hall, no problem. 

Encouragement and moral, no problem. 

Uncle Warren is ready and able to serve.



Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Eleven Adorable Cloth Stump Dolls Free E-Patterns

 



Recently I got to thinking about some of the cloth stump doll e-patterns I designed and thought you might like to make some stump dolls of your own.  So, I decided to make their e-patterns free and created blog posts on how to make them as well as a link to their free e-patterns.

If you don't know what stump dolls are they are dolls made of anything (i.e. wood, cloth, etc.) that are basically a body and head.  Sometimes they have arms, sometimes they don't.  Most are capable of standing on their own but don't have to be in order to be considered stump dolls.  Primitive stump dolls sometimes have little arms and legs.

My cloth stump dolls, shown above, could also be classified as shelf sitter dolls which are small dolls that can sit by themselves on a shelf.  Sometimes they have dangling legs, sometimes they don't.  The cloth stump dolls of mine, shown above, do not have dangling legs but have square bottoms so they can sit on a shelf by themselves.

My cloth dolls are stump dolls but on my e-patterns I classified my cloth stump dolls as stout dolls because they are bulky in their bodies and their middle section is wider than their length.  

No matter what - whether they are stump, shelf sitters, or stout dolls they're easy to make so I hope you have fun making yours.

Just click on the links below:

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Hazard A Guess What I Am? Primitive Ghost Stump Doll Free E-Pattern


Who can resist a scary but adorable ghost?  Especially one who is a little confused.

Hazard A Guess What I Am? seems to have a bit of a problem in that people aren’t sure he’s a ghost. 

He can’t understand this because he thinks he’s scary. He scares himself. 

Hazard is a free standing ghost doll with a cloth body, and an embroidered face with button eyes. He is wearing a vest and multi-colored fringed scarf. “Hazard A Guess What I Am?” is coffee stained throughout.


He's a little confused, but he's not scary. What's up with that? 

You see, "Hazard A Guess What I Am?" has a problem with his heritage. 

He isn't even sure he is from a ghostly line. If you can't tell he's a ghost and his heredity is in question - how is he ever going to know? 

Sometimes he looks like a ghost, he feels like a ghost, and he walks like a ghost. But, is he really a ghost?

Designer-Linda Walsh Originals

Monday, April 05, 2021

Mabel I Won’t Cast A Spell?” Primitive Witch Stump Doll Free E-Pattern



Mabel I Won't Cast A Spell! can’t decide whether to be a good witch or a bad witch. 

She’s watched “The Wizard of Oz” so many times your head would spin. 

And, sometimes, hers does. 

She is a witch after all.


Mabel is a free standing primitive witch doll with a cloth body, an embroidered face, and a full head of curly gray. She is wearing a lined cape, dress, fringed scarf, and lined witches hat. “Mabel I Won’t Cast A Spell?” is coffee stained throughout.

There is no confusion with Mabel. She knows she's a witch. 

Sunday, April 04, 2021

William Come or Won’t They? Primitive Scarecrow Stump Doll Free E-Pattern



There's just something very charming about a trio of shelf sitter cloth dolls - don't you think?  Even if we're talking about a scarecrow in April.  

A little early for the Fall season - don't you think, Linda?

Nah! I love using stump dolls to decorate for every season and holiday.  

If you do, too then you're going to love my “William Come or Won’t They? primitive scarecrow stump doll free e-pattern.

Why not make a couple now in time for next Fall's scarecrow season.  Who says scarecrows can only come out in the Fall.


William Come Or Won't They? can’t figure out whether the crows are going to come or not. 

If they do, he’s prepared. 

Saturday, April 03, 2021

My Isabell Cross My Heart Primitive Snow-lady Stump Doll Free E-Pattern



Benjamin's sister, "Isabell Cross My Heart", is forever telling "Benjamin Cross My Heart" not to make promises he can't keep. But, he keeps doing it and, every time, come Spring, all his friends are disappointed. It seems Benjamin will never learn.

"Isabell - Cross My Heart!" just loves to make little girls smile. Unlike her brother, Benjamin, she never makes promises she can’t keep.


She has a white/gray hair that sticks up from the sides of her head. She is a free standing snow-lady and has a warm & natural body with an embroidered face, lined vest with four pockets which ties in a bow in the front, a fringed scarf tied around her neck, and old lace hanker-chief tied around her neck. She is coffee stained throughout.

All the little snow girls love to gather around Isabell as she is just so sweet and, unlike her brother, Benjamin Cross My Heart" never tells them she'll be around forever. 

She knows better. 

She tells them she'll see them next winter and they are happy with that thought.

Isabell is too. 

She would hate to tell a lie.

My Benjamin Cross My Heart Primitive Snowman Stump Doll Free E-Pattern



"Benjamin - Cross My Heart" is always making promises he can’t keep. He always says he’ll be around forever but every spring he’s gone.

He has a mass of white/gray hair on the top of his head that sticks straight up. He is free standing and has a warm & natural body with an embroidered face, lined coat with four pockets, two fringed scarves around his neck, and a large bow. He is coffee stained throughout.


Benjamin's sister, "Isabell Cross My Heart", is forever telling "Benjamin Cross My Heart" not to make promises he can't keep. 

But, he keeps doing it and, every time, come Spring, all his friends are disappointed. 

It seems Benjamin will never learn.

Friday, April 02, 2021

My Brian Snow Buddy Snowman Stump Doll Free E-Pattern



With the birds chirping and the smell of spring in the air I decided to release a few free snowman e-patterns.  

Now I know you might say, "Come on, Linda! Snowmen and snow-lady's, now!"  

My response is, "Why not!"  

So, here's the first of three snow people shelf sitter doll free e-patterns I'm releasing.   

Brian Snow Buddy was the first shelf sitter doll that I designed and is one of my favorites. The reason couldn't be because he has a story associated with him regarding one of my grandson's - or could it?

"Brian Snow Buddy" loves to snowboard and is always looking for a challenge. He looks for the toughest and steepest hill he can find. The steeper and rockier the better. He is a bit of a dare devil and, so far, has broken any bones.

He is also a bit of a flirt. All you have to do is look at his "Facebook" page to attest to that.

Here's his story:

The snowguy to the left is called "Brian Snow Buddy" and is named after one of my grandsons. 

I named him that because he is just so adorable, as is my grandson. 

He's my buddy, as is my grandson. 

He's my pal, as is my grandson. 

He's so squeezable, as is my grandson. 

He's just so huggable, as is my grandson. 

He's just so lovable, as is my grandson. 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

"Peter - The Primitive Farmer & Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer's Wife" Primitive Stump Dolls Free E-Patterns



If you love making whimsical cloth shelf sitter dolls then you're going to love our "Peter - The Primitive Farmer and Margaret - The Dutiful Farmer's Wife" free  e-patterns.

Peter The Primitive Farmer believes that every day should be spent working hard and providing for your family. There is nothing like a good hard day of labor.  He gets up in the wee hours of the morning to start working on his farm. 

Margaret, being the dutiful farmer's wife that she is, gets up even earlier than her husband.

Why?

Because she has to prepare his breakfast so he has plenty of energy for working all day.

Margaret The Dutiful Farmer's Wife believes that she should do everything that she can to help her husband, Peter. 

So, she always has a home cooked meal ready for him at the end of a hard day of labor and at the beginning of the day so he has enough energy for all the demands of the farm.

Margaret gets up so early in the morning to prepare breakfast for Peter that at the end of the day she is a little tired. 

Peter understands this and when Margaret falls asleep on the sofa he just lets her sleep. 

She works so hard. 

She deserves her rest, too.

Friday, March 19, 2021

How I Made My Lacy Mixed Media Victorian Collage Stump Art Doll Free Tutorial


I fell in love with mixed media art dolls several years ago after taking online courses at Artful Gathering.  I loved those classes as I learned so much and they really had a delightful effect on my
 creative soul. 


When I first started creating my Victorian "Lady" dolls I decided to make them stump dolls as I wanted to focus on their outfits.  So, it's totally understandable that after falling in love with mixed media art dolls, I would experiment with mixed media stump dolls as well.  

Well, experiment I did! The Lucy, Lacy, and Lilly dolls, shown above, are a trio of "stump doll" sisters who are as different as they are beautiful.

 

 Lucy, who is on the left in the pictures above, is a delicate flower who has an over abundance of compassion.  Lacy, who is on the right in the pictures above, is whimsical and flirtatious while Lilly, who is in the middle in the pictures above, is a deep thinker who cares about everyone and everything.

They are mixed media Victorian collage stump art dolls that I made back in September of 2014. 

I had so much fun making these mixed media stump art dolls I thought you might like to know how I made them. So, I decided to create a free tutorial on how I made Lacy.  

I hope my free tutorial inspires you to create a mixed media stump art doll of your own.


Lacy - 4 1/2" x 6" x 3/4" Handmade Mixed Media Victorian Collage Stump Art Doll

Lacy is a 4 1/2" x 6" x 3/4" mixed media Victorian stump wood doll with a paper face, sponge painted wood body, paper collage and embellished outfit. Her fabric gathered and covered bamboo bonnet with paper floral and silk floral embellishments is fastened with a purple check ribbon that is tied in a bow under her chin. Her sides and back are sponge painted and her outfit  is an embellished paper collage dress with a two tier cape with raised black dots. White lace trim adorned with a beautiful pearl and silk ribbon flower is wrapped around her neck.

Her beautiful brown thick alpaca yarn hair from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber is wrapped in a bun. A bouquet of flowers and butterfly add charm to her collage outfit.

Supplies Needed:

Thursday, March 18, 2021

How I Made My Mixed Media Snow Fairies Art Dolls - Meet Pixie, Dixie, and Mixie



Back in 2014 I decided to take Julie Haymaker's "Let's Go For A Ride" class at Artful Gathering. The project called for making an adorable little mixed media shadow box scene with 3 pets sticking their heads out the window of a car that was driving over a hill. The class looked like it would be a lot of fun to take so I decided to take it.

A kit was available for purchase from Julie's Etsy shop "Bisbeebliss" so I ordered one as it's a lot easier to do that than run around to get supplies. The kit came with everything you needed to create the project including thread and needle. It was fabulous.

Well, in looking at Julie's kits for sale she had some unusual unfinished wood pieces for making several different types of mixed media dolls.  

Julie is a remarkable mixed media artist who has an eye for unusual art doll creations and her unfinished wood kits were available as a tool to help you with this. 

So, of course I bought a few.  If you know me you know that a few translates to "a lot of them."

rolling  hand carved wooden heart on wheels ready to decorate.  

I've used a few over the years when the application seemed to fit something I wanted to create.  I used the heart and wood carriage above for my "Don Juan Romeo" mixed media art doll creation that I created this summer.

Friday, March 12, 2021

My Families Love Of Pillows and My Pinterest Quilting Tutorials Board


My mother, sister and I have been sewing for many, many years.  My sister and I learned from our mother at a very young age.  We started small and over the years both my sister and I, as well as our mother, honed our sewing skills and, as a result, ended up making many, many things including our own clothes, large quilts, small quilts, mini quilts, quilted pillows. place-mats and runners.


My sister continued her love of quilts by creating Inspired Creations By D quilted wall art.

After making a bunch of quilts that she gave away as gifts my mother gave up large quilts in favor of smaller pillows.  She loved making log cabin pillows like those shown in the picture at the beginning of this post.  She was happy to make the standard log cabin quilts and other quilted pillows until she learned how to make folded log cabin quilted pillows.  From that point on it was all folded log cabin pillows, table runners and place-mats.


She even took her love of log cabin quilts to the point where she was making miniature 8" by 8" pillows for my baby "Bud."  She made two of them just for him - one for downstairs in the family room when he was laying on the sofa and one for the chair we used as his bed upstairs.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Three Adorable Primitive Bunny Free E-Patterns


I was first introduced to primitive dolls with something I saw many over 20 years ago during a shopping trip to Sturbridge with my mother.  In one of the crafts stores we liked to visit I was looking at a box filled with patterns and just started laughing my head off. Of course, my mother asked, "what's so funny?" So, I showed her the pattern I was looking at and she burst out laughing, too. It was for a primitive cloth doll which was so ugly it was actually beautiful. So there we were - two grown women standing in the middle of a store laughing our heads off.

As I scanned through the box I found other patterns for primitive dolls that were just as ugly and just as beautiful. So, of course, I bought a few and could hardly wait to get them home so I could make them.   And, make them I did.

The popularity of primitive dolls - especially "raggedies" continued to grow and grow.  Primitive decor seemed to take over with all sorts of primitive things that could be made for one's home -  dolls, raggedies, make-do's, shelf sitters, holiday and seasonal primitive decorations, primitive animals, primitive graphics, primitive woodcrafts, curtains, rugs, furniture and so on and on.

Over the years I decided that I wanted to design my own primitives and created primitive dolls, primitive animals, and primitive ornaments for everyday, the seasons, and all the holidays. 

Recently I got to thinking about the three primitive bunnies I designed and thought you might like to make them.  So, I decided to make their e-patterns free and created blog posts on how to make them as well as a link to their free e-patterns.

Have fun making your primitive bunnies!

Just click on the links below:



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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

How To Make My "Prim Me A Bunny, Mitzy!" Primitive Bunny & Free E-Pattern


What could be better than stories about bunnies, reading, and libraries?  Not much as far as I'm concerned.  Well, maybe add dolls, Victorian dresses and history...lol

"Peter Prim Tail!" and his sister, "Prim Me A Bunny, Mitzy!" are on their way to read to the "bunny kids" at the "Great Bunny Library." 

They love to be involved in their bunny community and volunteered to read to the younger bunnies at the weekly story hour. 

Maybe we should say, that "Prim Me A Bunny, Mitzy!" thought it would be a wonderful idea for her and her brother, "Peter Prim Tail!" to read to all the younger bunnies. Leave it to sisters to decide for their younger brothers...lol 

Peter, on the other hand, would rather be out teaching the younger bunny boys any variety of sports. Hopping, jumping, skipping, relay races, leap frogging, hurdle jumping - that's his thing. 

Reading is really Mitzy's thing. But, Mitzy asked him ever so sweetly, so how could he say "no!" He couldn't, so they're off to the "Great Bunny Library" to read to the kids. 

They're only problem is what should they read?

"Peter Prim Tail!" has decided that he wants to read the bunny kids some of his favorite comic books.

His sister, Mitzy, doesn't consider comic books real books, but Peter feels that to get the "bunny boys", in particular, interested in reading that he should read them something to hold their interest. 

And, "Peter Rabbit" and "Alice In Wonderland" are just not going to hold their attention. At least, he doesn't think so. 

Mitzy is not so sure. She loves the classics and thinks the "bunny kids" will too. Even the boys. 

But, Peter is her brother and is being so nice about reading to the "bunny kids" she doesn't want to upset that. 

So, she'll let Peter win this battle. At least for this week's story hour.

Peter and Mitzy had so much fun with the kids I thought you all might like to learn how I made them. 

So, I decided to tell you so you could make some Peter and Mitzy bunnies of your own and read some books to your own children or even take them with you when you're reading at the local library. I'm sure the kids will love them, too.

"Prim Me A Bunny, Mitzy!" is a 20" primitive cloth bunny with an embroidered face with two button eyes. Her nose is zig-zag embroidered with black floss and her mouth is outlined with a back stitch in black floss. Her eyebrows and eyelashes are straight stitched with black floss, her cheeks are blushed, and she has freckles and whiskers. Her ears are wired and bendable and she has cloth flower print inner ears. She is wearing her favorite primitive outfit. Her bloomers are fringed and gathered at the waist and are stitched with the seams on the outside with the edges being pinked. Her dress is fringed and gathered at the waist and neck edge. The collar of her dress is a crochet doily and there is a ribbon bow on the top of her head. A fringed apron is wrapped around her waist and tied in a knot in the back. A floral ribbon decorates the center of the apron's waistband. She is wearing her favorite scrunched socks.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Here's how I made Mitzy: