I Just Love The Victorian Era!

I have loved dolls, history, and the Victorian Era since I was little and can credit my grandmother for that. As a young girl she gave me a Godey’s Fashion print for August 1870 from my great, great Aunt Flossie. I was captivated by the dresses and became hooked. I just love to research everything and anything about the Victorian Era. Their history, their etiquette, their fashion, their hopes, their desires.... I also love to design my own Victorian dolls wearing those beautiful dresses. I hope you enjoy my Victorian Dolls, Victorian Traditions,The Victorian Era, and Me blog.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Romantic Journey On Canvas Corseted Tutu and Wedding Dress Class Projects


I've spent the last two weeks in crafting bliss working on my projects from Debby Anderson's "A Romantic Journey On Canvas" at Artful Gathering and couldn't be happier. I may have found a new passion - something I absolutely love.


I can hear you all saying - what a surprise, Linda! You've found a new passion. When it comes to crafting is there anything you've ever tried that you haven't absolutely loved? Probably not.

Well, it is true that I absolutely love to craft and love everything I've learned through my online classes, but when it comes to passion - well, that's a little different. I have a passion for the Victorian era - especially the dresses, for doll making, for genealogy, for floral design, and for history. To all this I would have to add mixed media. I absolutely LOVE mixed media.


My husband doesn't love it as mixed media utilizes lots of different types of supplies so my living room is an absolute mess. You can't even see any of the furniture in there. It's all covered with arts & crafts supplies of one sort or another - all needed for the mixed media projects I've been working on for my online classes.

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Debby's class.  Debby Anderson is an unbelievably talented and inspiring jewelry designer and artist.  Her online class was fabulous.  Her video's were very easy to follow and she explained everything she was doing beautifully.  I couldn't be more pleased with her class.  If you've wanted to try creating mixed media canvas collage dress form projects Debby's class is a MUST TAKE.

There are 3 projects in  Debby Anderson's "A Romantic Journey On Canvas" mixed media online class: one to create a corseted tutu, one to create a wedding gown, and one to create a mixed media angel collage.  So far, I've made two corseted canvas's - one on 12" x 12" canvas and one on an 8" x 10" canvas.  I've also created a wedding gown on an 11" x 14" canvas.

Here's my first corseted tutu on a 12" by 12" canvas:



Here's a close-up of the dress:


Here's my second corseted tutu on an 8" x 10" canvas:



Here's a close-up of the dress:


Here's my wedding gown on an 11" x 14" canvas:



Here's a close-up of the dress:


The woman pictured in the wedding gown canvas above is my Mother.  I love this picture of her and thought it would look beautiful in this mixed media collage.  I think it does and hope you would agree.

Can you understand now why I've found a new passion?  Beautiful dresses in a mixed media canvas collage - how could I not love that?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Victorian Images, Ephemera and Vintage Images and Victorian Doll & Craft Tutorials, Shabby Chic & Vintage Tutorials, Video's, Pictures & How-To's Pinterest Boards


It is no secret that everything and anything Victorian is my passion. I just can't get enough of Victorian dresses, Victorian crafts, Victorian history, and Victorian images. I absolutely LOVE it all. And, I absolutely want to make everything I find.

I look at the beautiful Victorian dresses display on all the museum websites and find myself wanting to make a miniature version for a doll of mine. There are so many beautiful Victorian dresses out there it would be nearly impossible to make them all. That doesn't stop me from dreaming about it.


I also love Victorian images and saving all the Victorian images that I find on different websites that are sharing images in the public domain on my Pinterest board. Here, too I find myself dreaming of beautiful mixed media crafts I could make with them. I wish I could use each and every one of them. Use them all - I can't. Collect them on Pinterest - that I can do.



I just LOVE Victorian images, ephemera and vintage pictures - especially Victorian images that I can use with my mixed media creations and pictures of flowers or little girls and their dolls. Here's a few of my favorites.

Victorian Images, Ephemera and Vintage Imagesboard on Pinterest.

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I also love searching the web for all the wonderful tutorials, patterns, articles, how-to's and printables there are for making Victorian arts and crafts. Some I have tried to make. Some are on my wish list. But, they are all fabulous and I want to make them all.

Again, this is impossible but I can continue to collect them on my Pinterest board. When I dream of Victorian crafts and want to see beautiful Victorian eye candy I can always visit my boards.




I just LOVE everything and anything Victorian, Vintage, Shabby Chic or Cottage. I especially love watching video's, reading tutorials, patterns, articles, and how-to's on making Victorian dolls & crafts. I hope you like some of the ones I've found.

Victorian Doll & Craft Tutorials, Shabby Chic & Vintage Tutorials, Video's, Pictures & How-To's board on Pinterest.


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Victorian Bride picture courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Monday, July 13, 2015

Swing Sweetly Annabelle Patterns and Handmade Colonial Doll





"Blue Bell Sara" and her sorority sister "Swing Sweetly Annabelle" are two of the newest dolls from my new "The Long Sleek Sitting Doll Series!"

Both are elegantly attired and ready for their afternoon walk.

"Blue Bell Sara" is wearing the finest in Victorian afternoon attire and is an elegant faceless Victorian doll who went prematurely gray. "Swing Sweetly Sara", on the other hand, is wearing her best Colonial attire for an afternoon stroll and has a beautifully embroidered and water colored face as well as a full head of burgundy colored hair.

Both dolls belong to the "Only Elegance Alpha Phi E" sorority as did both their mothers and several of their grandmothers before them. So, they really had no choice in the matter as it was wholly expected of them that they would join.

So, join they did and both are reporting that they are so happy to be part of such a wonderful and elegant sorority. Neither, in accordance with their sorority rules, will tell you what they've been up to though. It's a secret and only discussed amongst sorority members! The only thing they will say is that they have an upcoming event, which everyone will surely enjoy, but which they can't and won't talk about.


"Swing Sweetly Annabelle" is a 26" Colonial cloth doll with an embroidered face. Her face is outline embroidered and her brown eyes are completely embroidered. Her eyelids are embroidered with a light taupe floss. Her eyebrows and eyelashes are embroidered and her cheeks are blushed and rosy. Her lips are outlined with black and embroidered with coral floss. She has a long sleek body, long sleek arms, and long sleek legs with black cross tied boots.

Her bloomers with gathered lace trim along the bottom hem edge are gathered at the waist and ankles. Her slip has gathered eyelet lace trim along the bottom hem edge and is gathered at the waist.

"Swing Sweetly Annabelle" is wearing a coordinated ensemble. Her sleeves are two-sectional and consist of faced cuffs and a large puffy sleeve gathered at the shoulder. They are gathered at the wrists as well. Her pleated in the front dress has gathered eyelet lace trim and straight lace trim along the bottom hem edge. It is gathered at the neck edge and adorned with lace trim.

A lined waistband is wrapped tightly around her tiny waist and adorned with a fabric scrunch of coordinating fabric. Her coordinated and lined vest is lace trimmed around the edges and tied in the front with two DMC embroidery bows.

"Swing Sweetly Annabelle" has a full head of brown colored curly hair that is barely controlled under her lined and coordinated bonnet with a very large brim. Ribbon and lace trim adorns the bonnet band and multi-colored and coordinating yo-yo's adorned the very top of her bonnet. Her bonnet ties are wrapped around her neck and tight in a large bow to the right of her head.

An old handkerchief is wrapped around her shoulders and around her arms for a shawl.






Unlike "Blue Bell Sara", "Swing Sweetly Anabelle" doesn't want to be president of the "Only Elegance Alpha Phi E" sorority. She leaves that up to "Blue Bell Sara" as she knows that "Blue Bell Sara" would be good at that.

However, she prefers to sit and enjoy her afternoon tea and a good book. Drinking a wonderful cup of tea while reading a good book and swinging on the sorority house porch swing on a beautiful sunny day. Well, it just doesn't get much better than that for "Swing Sweetly Annabelle." Care to swing with me?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Blue Bell Sara - The Long Sleek Sitting Doll Patterns and Handmade Faceless Victorian Doll




"Blue Bell Sara" and her sorority sister "Swing Sweetly Annabelle" are two of the newest dolls from my  "The Long Sleek Sitting Doll Series!"

Both are elegantly attired and ready for their afternoon walk.


"Blue Bell Sara" is wearing the finest in Victorian afternoon attire and is an elegant faceless Victorian doll who went prematurely gray. "Swing Sweetly Sara", on the other hand, is wearing her best Colonial attire for an afternoon stroll and has a beautifully embroidered and water colored face as well as a full head of burgundy colored hair.

Both dolls belong to the "Only Elegance Alpha Phi E" sorority as did both their mothers and several of their grandmothers before them. So, they really had no choice in the matter as it was wholly expected of them that they would join.

So, join they did and both are reporting that they are so happy to be part of such a wonderful and elegant sorority. Neither, in accordance with their sorority rules, will tell you what they've been up to though. It's a secret and only discussed amongst sorority members! The only thing they will say is that they have an upcoming event, which everyone will surely enjoy, but which they can't and won't talk about.



"Blue Bell Sara" is a 28" Victorian "faceless" cloth doll that prefers to hang on a wall in any Victorian decor. She has a long sleek body, long sleek arms, and long sleek legs with black cross tied boots.

Her bloomers are 2-tiered with gathered lace trim and straight lace trim along the bottom hem edge. They are gathered at the waist and ankles. Her slip has gathered eyelet lace trim along the bottom hem edge and is gathered at the waist. She is wearing her best pair of lace gloves.

"Blue Bell Sara's" intricately two-toned dress has multiple panels of coordinating fabric. Her sleeves are two-sectional and consist of faced cuffs and a large puffy sleeve gathered at the shoulder. Her darted in the front dress has multi-colored side panels and underarm gores and 2-tiers of gathered lace trim along the bottom hem edge. The collar is lined and box style.

A long lace trimmed and gathered ruffle surrounds the shoulders and runs down the front sides and meets in a "V" below the waist. Long white pearls are draped around her neck.

"Blue Bell Sara" went prematurely gray at a very early age and wears her long gray hair with bangs tied up in a bun in the back. Her lined and coordinated bonnet with tulle sits lovingly upon her head and bun and is decorated with ribbon and silk floral. Her bonnet ties are wrapped around her neck and decorated with silk floral. They also serve as her wall hanger for the loop in the back of her neck.

An old handkerchief is wrapped around her shoulders and around her arms for a shawl.

“Blue Bell Sara, The Long Sleek Sitting Doll!”, 28” Victorian Art Doll E-Pattern - Wall or Sitting - The Long Sleek Sitting Doll Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Advanced





"Blue Bell Sara" knows she has some tall shoe's to fill in the "Only Elegance Alpha Phi E" sorority as her mother and some of her grandmother's were past presidents. However, she's not worried. She knows she is up to the task and, if elected president of the sorority, will have no problem fulfilling that role. After all, she is from an elegant line of long, sleek sitting dolls - isn't she?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I Finished My Regency Dolls With Paperclay and Painted Faces - Meet Emily and Esther


I finally finished theRegency Era  paperclay and painted faces dolls that I was making based upon the Bonnets and Beaus: A Regency Doll Project online class that I've been taking during the first session of Artful Gathering.

The online class was taught by Hally Levesque who is an exceptional art doll artist, photographer and a bit of a history buff. Not only are her video's easy to follow and beautifully taught but they are sprinkled with historical tidbits of life with Jane Austen - which I loved.   Now why would that be? Hmmm.... History tidbits for a history buff....... Hmmm....

Since I never do anything in moderation I, of course, couldn't just make one doll. I had to make two.

I was looking forward to taking this class as it would be the first time I would be sculpting the dolls faces, hands, and feet out of paperclay and then painting them with acrylic paints. Acrylic painting of any sort is not my strongest skill - so I knew this would be very challenging. At the very least it was going to be interesting if not comical.


I had no problem with the costumes and cloth body. Sculpting the heads and legs was a bit of a challenge but I finally got the knack of it after experimenting a few times. Sculpting the fingers was much harder than I had anticipated and I ended up not liking mine. They looked like Frandkenstein hands so I changed them into more of a solid hand.

Painting the faces was a real challenge. I just couldn't get them the way I would have liked them to be. Suffice to say, acrylic painting of doll faces is still not by strongest suit.

They say practice makes perfect so, who knows. Perhaps it's a skill I can master over time. Right now I wouldn't hold my breath.

Instead of using mohair for their hair I decided to use my sister's alpaca fiber from her Rock Garden Alpacas Farm. I used Zinnia's beautiful fiber for the doll in the white outfit and Ivy's fiber for the doll in the dark brown and black outfit. If you'd like to check out my sister Rock Garden Alpaca Fiber please click hereor visit her Etsy store here.I LOVE working with the alpaca fiber. It makes fantastic doll hair.

All in all I was satisfied with the way my dolls came out and decided to name them Emily and Esther. Emily is the doll in the white outfit and Esther is the doll in the dark brown and black outift. Here's their stories:


Emily and Esther are not only best friends, but are sisters of the heart. They're not blood relatives, but have grown up together and act like sisters in every conceivable way. Where you find Emily you also find Esther. They dress alike, act alike, and finish each others sentences. They laugh at the same jokes, wear the same perfume, have the same tastes and opinions on just about every subject, and have the same dispositions.


So, of course, when it came to beau's they both fell in love with the same man, Augustus. He, of course, fell in love with both of them - they were so much alike. Both beautiful and both the essence of femininity. How could he not love both of them?


But, Augustus knew that he couldn't court both of them at the same time. That would just be wrong and totally scandalous. He loved both of them but couldn't very well marry both of them. What could he do? What should he do?


Emily and Esther knew that Augustus loved both of them, but knew he couldn't court both of them or marry both of them. If either one of them wanted to marry him he would have to choose between them or they would have to decide this for him. Should they choose for him?

What a dilemma. What should they do?  Should Emily marry Augustus or should Esther marry Augustus? And, how were they to choose.

Or, should they both walk away from the only man each has ever loved?

Should one be happy or should both be miserable? What a dilemma? What should they do?

Hmmm...... What do you think they'll do?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Regency Period Outfit - What Will This Doll Look Like? Hmmm...


Hmmm... a regency period dress - what will this doll look like?

I thought you'd like a little tease from my Bonnets and Beaus: A Regency Doll Project online class that I'm taking during the first session of Artful Gathering.  

The online class is being taught by Hally Levesque who is an exceptional art doll artist, photographer and a bit of a history buff. Not only are her video's easy to follow and beautifully taught but they are sprinkled with historical tidbits of life with Jane Austen - which I love.

As you know I love history and dolls so this is right up my alley.


Since I never do anything in moderation I, of course, couldn't just make one doll. I'm making two. It's a lot of work as these dolls are made out of cloth and paperclay, but I'm thoroughly enjoying Hally's class.

I hoping to paint the dolls tomorrow. Wish me luck.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Victorian Dress Custom Fabrics Collection



My love of everything and anything Victorian has taken me in so many craft directions.  I've designed and created many, many handmade Victorian dolls - some "faceless", some with embroidered faces and some with porcelain faces.  For most of these designs I've created Victorian patterns so you can create Victorian dolls of your own.


I've created handmade Victorian wool felt dress ornaments with embroidery and embellishments, like those shown in the collage above.


I've also designed 9 different Victorian wool felt dress patterns that can be embroidered and embellished with beads, ribbons, and lace trim decorations so you can create your own ornaments.

My hand embroidered and embellished Victorian wool felt dress ornaments, e-patterns and print patterns are available in my Linda Walsh Originals Shop.

If you would like to see my My Victorian Hand Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments and New E-Patterns please CLICK HERE.


I also love designing fabrics.  So, I thought why not create some Victorian dress fabrics that could be used for Victorian, shabby chic and cottage home decor as well as fabric for Victorian doll dresses, doll quilts, etc.

There are twenty seven designs in my new Victorian Dress Fabrics Collection.  Five of those designs are based on my cut and sew decorated dresses graphics.  Twenty two of those were designed to coordinate with the dress designs from my penny rug Victorian dress ornaments collection, which are shown in the collage above.

If you'd like to see all the fabrics I have designed please CLICK HERE to visit my Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs website or CLICK HERE for my Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs shop on Spoonflower.com.

I'm working on all sorts of ways for you to create with my Victorian dress custom fabric designs so stay tuned.  Who knows what direction this phase will take me in.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Circle Me In Dresses Handmade Victorian Penny Rug Pictures, E-Pattern, Print Pattern, and Cut and Sew Decorated Dresses


     

It should come as no surprise to you that I just love beautiful dresses - especially Victorian Era dresses and love seeing how far I can take some of my design ideas.

Several years ago I fell in love with creating penny rugs using wool felt.   It was during my penny rug wool felt craft phase.  You should know by now that my craft interests come in phases.

Since I love combining several interests into one I thought maybe I could combine my love of Victorian dresses and penny rug creations some how.

I thought penny rug Victorian dress picture decorations would be nice.

So, I created two handmade Victorian dresses pictures - each with four hand embroidered and embellished dresses.


The 1st picture I created is shown above.  This picture is a 10" by 10" Victorian wool felt dress picture in a 12" by 12" black picture frame with 4 Victorian dresses in a penny rug style design.

Each felt dress piece is embroidered to the felt background and each felt dress over-skirt piece is embroidered to it’s respective felt dress piece. Lace trims, seed beads, and other embellishments are sewn to the dresses and over-skirt pieces.
The base and back lining are blanket stitch embroidered along the edges and the white overlay piece is embroidered to the base piece. The chain stitching and lazy daisy flowers are embroidered with white bead centers.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


The 2nd picture I created is shown above.  This picture is a 10" by 10" Victorian wool felt dress picture in a 12" by 12" black picture frame with 4 Victorian dresses in a penny rug style design.

Each felt dress piece is embroidered to the felt background and each felt dress over-skirt piece is embroidered to it’s respective felt dress piece. Lace trims, seed beads, and other embellishments are sewn to the dresses and over-skirt pieces.

The base and back lining are blanket stitch embroidered along the edges and the white overlay piece is embroidered to the base piece. The chain stitching and lazy daisy flowers are embellished with white bead centers.

For more information please CLICK HERE.


I also decided to design a pattern based on my 2nd dress picture design so you could create Victorian penny rug dress pictures of your own.
LW413 Circle Me In Dresses Pattern - Penny Rug Victorian Dress Picture Decoration - Victorian Dresses Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner