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Turning whimsy into reality, one doll at a time

On my mother's visit to Israel this past May, she brought along some heirlooms of my late grandmother's (her mother).  Among them were some lovely antique brooches, including a splendid Cameo.
I am afraid to lose them, and I don't really wear pins anyway. They sit in my jewelry box and get swished around in there. Nobody gets to see them or enjoy them, and it feels like an incredible waste. I decided to create something to showcase these antiques and create a feeling of appreciation for the valuable heirloom treasures that they are.

This is a vintage baby doll from the 50's. The owner of the doll obviously cherished her as a child, and still does. Dolly came to me a couple of weeks ago in need of repair on her cloth body. I was to recreate the original pattern. Here you can see the final result. Came out pretty good! I can understand why this doll is so well-loved. If she were mine, I would want to preserve her, too.

Silky gloves can be a nice touch on a doll.  You can make hands as usual, extending them halfway up the arms so they look like gloves.  The trouble with silky fabric is that it tends to fray too much.  That makes it very difficult to turn little fingers.
When fabric is super slippery, it shifts around when sewing two pieces together.  Sewing tiny stitches around fingers is almost impossible, too.  Even if you manage to do it, turning the fingers is another major issue.  The slightest pressure will cause the fabric to come apart at the weave. Here's a way to overcome the dilemma, so you can use the slipperiest, silkiest fabric and make knockout gorgeous gloves.

I want to share a special quilt that I made for my daughter Sury.  She's 9 years old.  Of course, the quilt has a doll theme. The center block of the quilt is a nostalgic handkerchief from Russia. I thought it was so interesting, it inspired me to make something with it.  The handkerchief belonged to Sury's grandmother. I wanted to preserve it for her. Most of the fabric in this quilt is also Russian.  The yellow is from the US.  It's quiet and compliments the authentic