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26 March 2013 @ 11:28 pm
Finally, a big reveal...  
I've been working on a project since last summer for one of my apprentice's little girls. (Indeed, in the icon, a great shot by albreda, I'm working on the coat.) Her birthday was in early March but, with one thing and another, I didn't get to give it to her until tonight.

dolly 1
The dolly with her accessories - a tiny ceramic bowl, a little pewter spoon, a handwoven handbasket, a handwoven backpack basket, and a handsewn linen sack to hold all the little pieces and spare bits. (I was realistic and made a spare belt, pouch, hat, and shoe right from the start.) Whipcorded linen strings on the bowl and spoon mean the dolly can "hold" those accessories. The dolly and all garments are handsewn. The digits (both fingers and toes) are quilted, not individually sewn.

dolly 2 dolly 3
The hat, yellow tunic, and white tunic are all linen and the tunics are embroidered in linen. The necklace is real amber, the "brooches" are buttons, and the treasure necklaces are glass beads on a linen cord. The apron dress is wool, embroidered with linen, and trimmed with a bit of cardwoven of trim. (The apron wool and trim are remnants from her parent's Coronation garb.) The pouch and shoes are leather, the belt has a real metal buckle and is made of a thin cardwoven strap. Her hair is wool yarn and the features are embroidered in linen.

Emmi got to choose the doll's hair and eye color, since I was conveniently babysitting while that part was being completed. She did immediately request a high chair, cup, and a blanket for the dolly, but we were able to supply that too, since I have plenty of wool around here, a set of cordial-sized goblets, and a Viking Bumbo chair I previously made for an A&S entry. :) Emmi seemed well pleased with her new bebe, so I think it was a success.

emmi and bebe
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Albredaalbreda on March 27th, 2013 11:49 am (UTC)
How lovely to see the completed project, and the happy child in receipt of it! Congrats! :)
eithni: sewingeithni on March 29th, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
Thanks again for the awesome photo! It's so cool to have an in-process photo. :)
carrot_khan on March 27th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
I am oddly envious and I've never been a doll kind of girl!
eithni: sewingeithni on March 29th, 2013 07:47 am (UTC)
I had one very special dolly when I was little, so I am pleased to supply one for the little girls in my sphere. I did one for goldfrog's little one years ago, and I'll have to do another when my niece starts showing an interest in having a bebe. :)
EllieSamelliesam on March 27th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
This is brilliant.
eithni: jumpingeithni on March 29th, 2013 07:47 am (UTC)
corvusjoyous: crowcorvusjoyous on March 27th, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
this is the epitome of adorkable! Nice work.
eithni: Yummy!eithni on March 29th, 2013 07:48 am (UTC)
Hee hee. Thanks. Lemme know if your little man ever wants a bebe. :)
Aaron (Rusty) Lloydrustmon on March 28th, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
Very cool! :)
eithnieithni on March 29th, 2013 07:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
whymcwhymc on March 28th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
This is the most incredible and adorable thing that I've ever seen. I smile every time I see it. :)
eithni: Yummy!eithni on March 29th, 2013 07:44 am (UTC)
:)~ It makes me inordinately pleased as well. It's good to rub the geek on the munchkins early and often.
eithni: Yummy!eithni on April 3rd, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! It pleased me to no end to create it. :)
eithni: WTFeithni on April 3rd, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)
Ooops, double reply! I'm trying to get through my email backlog and I didn't have this one marked as read. :P
stitchwhich on April 2nd, 2013 05:18 am (UTC)
Those photos were a treat to see. What a lovely gift! I'm so glad to have had a chance to see what you did, and to get a glimpse of the happy new 'mommy' too. Thank you for posting this. (What a very nice set - it beats "American Girl' dolls hand's down!)
eithni: excellenteithni on April 3rd, 2013 04:40 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was so much fun to do!

(Though speaking against AG is high heresy around here - Madison is where they are produced!)