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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My First Izannah Walker Doll

Well, what an adventure this has been.  After much encouragement from a dear friend, to actually agreeing to try one and then buying an old Izannah for study, to actually attempting to make one.............................Here she is, finished.
I always said that I only wanted to make Izannah dolls if they looked old and loved and this one does.
She is exact from my old one from the tip of her shoes to the top of her head.  She is 19" tall, just like my old one.  The ageing and painting is just as my old one would have been if she had more paint left on her!  Stitching those hands and fingers was a chore and my hat is off to Izannah Walker, she had patience!
I have made her bloomers, petticoat, chemise and dress all from antique fabrics and antique clothing.  She is exactly made as the old ones were with the exception that I took an actual mold off of my old Izannah so that she would truly look like an old one right down to the worn face, stockinette showing and worn spots with the old stuffing showing under the stockinette.
I am very pleased with her and she shall have sisters in the future.  My passion is the early English Queen Anne woodens, but these Izannahs present a challenge that I am up for and enjoying as well.
I hope you enjoy seeing her.
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Dolls from the Attic said...

Ohhhh! She is wonderful! Perfect! You are amazing, I love this doll. I can just see the labour of love you put into it. The handstitch fingers alone must have been daunting to say the least.

Dixie Redmond said...

Beautiful, wonderful doll.


Christine LeFever said...

As ever, you do perfect reproductions!


Lone Pierette said...

WOW , she is just adorable !

Unknown said...

Wow is right!!!!! How lucky to be able to buy one, let alone hold one!!!!!! She is absolutely devine!!!!!!! I love the longer waist as well on the bodice!!
I could just hug you!!! How courageous you were took actually do a mold on your IW!!!

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

If inspiration is something that is hidden within the soul then yours my dearest is truly a gifted one.
She is delightful and will need to come with papers to indicate she is a Patterson doll and not one of Izannah's.
Susan x

Paula Walton said...

Perfect in every way! She looks as though she has had generations of love, which is what all dolls should have,


Heckety said...

She's amazing- a LOT of work went into her! You sure couldn't produce you dolls so beautifully if you didn't love what you do!

Atticbabys said...

Perfect Perfect Perfection!! You really did an amazing job Kathy!! I love her!


Heather said...

she's lovely! what a great first try!~

Judi Hunziker said...

Kathy, Izannah wouldn't know the difference between hers and your! You have done an amazing job as with all your dolls which I have admired for years.

village folk art said...

I am impressed and inspired by your first I.W. doll. She is just wonderful ... ;o) Barb