Thursday, 25 June 2009

And then there were five ...........

.......... rag dolls that is!!

It all started very innocently when I entered Julie’s Secret Easter Swap in February. I had to make a gift for Katarina in Sweden and as she mostly makes very lovely hand-made cards, I was stumped initially as to what I would make for her. Eventually, (much brain-ache later!!) I had the idea of designing and making a rag doll based on one of Katarina’s favourite Rubber Stamp images of a little girl called ‘Tilda’. Tilda has quite a distinctive kind of face as can be seen from the Rubber Stamp pictures below, and although I wouldn’t normally make a doll that looked like this, I was pleased with the likeness to the Rubber Stamp image.

Katarina was, thankfully, over the moon with her doll, but little did I know that I would end up with requests from other ladies asking me whether I would consider making them a rag doll – Tilda, it turns out, is a very popular little lady in the Rubber Stamping world. Consequently, most of my spare time in the last 2½ months or so has been dedicated to these dolls. So now in addition to Katarina in Sweden, they have gone to:-

Vivi in Brazil
Kerry in Massachusetts, USA
Judy in Michigan, USA; and
Cami in Hawaii

talk about going global or what!! I have been very flattered by all the lovely, kind comments paid by the ladies in the Rubber Stamping community – you won’t believe just how much my head has been swelling!!! However, I am glad to get back to ‘me’ things again ..... and I’m sorry to the other three ladies who have since asked me for a doll, but have been refused – they just take up so much of my time I’m afraid. I’ve added the name of the recipient of each doll on the collage photograph above.

Anyway, I’ve been playing around with something called ‘Drawn Thread’ embroidery the last week or so – anybody had a go at this? Maybe I’ll have something to show soon – watch this space!!!

Postscript added 29th June - I've had a comment left by BethenyJ enquiring after a rag doll. Betheny, I can't find a link back to you. I'm afraid I'm not making anymore dolls - if you read above, all will become clear!! Thanks for asking though - I'm flattered.


May Britt said...

WOW...those dolls are sooooooo cute :) You have done great work on them.

Quilt Hollow said...

Can't recall how I found you...but am tickled I did. The dolls are just adorable. I never had any little girls and seeing them sure brings out that little girl urge...not going to happen now with a nearly 16 and 20 year old boy! LOL Fantastic them!!

Handmade by Vivi said...

Hi Sweetie, all the other 4 rag dolls are stunning!! You did an awesome work with all of them!
You are so TALENTED!!
God bless you for that!!

Kerry D-C said...

Julia, all of them are beautiful! But, ssssshhhh....Mine is the prettiest!! LOL! I am so happy that I got my order in and got my very own!

Candy said...

Oh I am so sorry you aren't making the Tilda dolls any more. I was going to get in touch and order one. I can' understand you need to do other things and it is wonderful to see all of the ones that you have made and who has them!! If you ever change your mind - I will be waiting :o)
Hugs Candy

Cami said...

Hi there my Sweet Julia! I love this collage pic of all the Tilda dolls you made, and I am most happy and grateful to see my name attached to the pink Tilda you made for me. She is in very good hands, and as you already read, I am the envy of many Tilda fans. I can't thank you enough for squeezing me in to make this doll for me. You are a briliiantly talented lady with a very big heart. I look forward to your other creations. Blessings to you. Love and hugs, Cami

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Your dolls are amazing (I saw one on Vivi's site)..........just darling!
You do very nice work!
Huggies ~

BethenyJ said...

I absolutely adore rag dolls and am totally hooked on magnolia stamps. Your work is awesome and I would love to buy the Kerry Doll from you if possible. I didn't see anyplace to order :0( what a great bunch of dolls you have made. ANYONE would be lucky to have one FANTASTIC!

Cherell said...

If you ever decided to change your mind about making more Tilda dolls, please let me know. I would love to purchase one from you. Send me an email if your interested...
Thanks and great job!

debbies said...

I just saw one of these dolls on a blog and they are absolutely gorgeous! I understand that you won't be making anymore, and the 5 ladies who have them are very lucky indeed. Beautiful work and they look so much like the Tilda stamps that I love so much.

Nancy said...

Your work is beautiful! I got to your blog from Vivi's site, when I clicked on her dear little Tilda doll. I am so sad to see you are not making them anymore but wonder if you would be willing to share what pattern you used? I would surely love to have a Tilda for inspiration! Now to enjoy the rest of your beautiful blog!