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Finally, some new clothes!

Finally, some new clothes!

So many shifts, shoes, and hats -- and so little time to make them! Many times, other work has to come first, but the dolls know their patience will be rewarded. Clearly a case of a photo having many times the value of written descriptions, here is a "family photo" that gives them a chance to show off their new finery.

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Dolls pining for new clothes

Dolls pining for new clothes

My dolls are sitting on the shelf dreaming of their spring wardrobes. They can't all expect me to completely replace their wardrobes! And yet, wouldn't I love to spend a few weeks doing just that? Here are a few of the faces that greet me as I enter my studio each morning. Maybe all of us would be satisfied with a few new accessories: new caps & pockets, an apron or two. Oh, and I've always wanted to try making them some period style shoes. Perhaps that will make us content. If not, we can continue down the slippery slope. . . Both...

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Embroidered Colcha Baby Blanket project in Interweave's Piecework

Embroidered Colcha Baby Blanket project in Interweave's Piecework

Our materials were featured in the original publication of this sweet, traditional baby blanket project in 1993. The updated article can be found in the March/April 2017 issue of the magazine, Piecework. The materials kits, either fabric and vegetable dyed embroidery yarn OR the yarn alone, can be purchased in our online store: cloche blanket kit Photograph by Joe Coca for PieceWork, March/April 2017. Copyright © F+W Media 2017.

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The Delight of Dressing Dolls

The Delight of Dressing Dolls

I don’t remember a time when I didn’t love dressing dolls. My earliest sewing endeavors resulted in primitively fashioned garments for my plastic dolls and stuffed animals. By the age of six, I was completely entranced by fiber’s infinite decorative potential. I still find it fascinating that a child who is free to follow where his/her curiosity leads, often ends up replicating the chronological experience of humanity. In other words, they can pass quickly through the stages of discovery of in human history within a chosen theme. Water and sand play are good examples of this phenomenon; examining the uses of...

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Reproduction cushions

Reproduction cushions

Chair Cushions of every kind are a specialty with us. During almost every time period one finds at least one type of chair that depends on a removable cushion rather than upholstery to render it a comfortable place to sit. Over the centuries, fashion has dictated whether these seating accessories were plump or flat and plain or ornamented with cording and tassels. Depending on the chair and its setting, the fabrics employed vary from opulent to utilitarian. Choose amongst fashionable green, red, or blue worsteds, vegetable dyed blue, red or mustard Linsey-Woolsey,  reproduction embroidery—including hand worked flame stitch, crewel, or cross stitch in documented...

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