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.

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

Circle Me In Dresses is a pattern to create a 10" by 10" Victorian wool felt dress picture in a 12" by 12" purchased 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 overskirt piece is embroidered to it’s respective felt dress piece. Lace trims, seed beads, and other embellishments are sewn to the dresses and overskirt 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 beads.

The pattern can be made as just a penny rug wool felt blanket stitched picture or enclosed within a wall picture frame or tabletop picture frame.

The pattern includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the penny rug dress pictures from start to finish, full page picture layout sheet, full page dresses layout sheet and full page single sided pattern piece sheets. The pattern also includes step-by-step illustrations and instructions for Blanket Stitching and Basic Chain Stitch & Lazy Daisy Flower Instructions. The pattern does not include instructions for making the wooden picture stand.

For more information on my e-pattern please CLICK HERE.

For more information on my print pattern please CLICK HERE.


After creating my pattern for the Circle Me In Dresses Victorian pattern I thought easy custom fabric cut and sew decorated dress ornaments, like the two pictures above, would be easy and fun to do.  So, I designed four dresses based upon the pattern above and created two custom fabric designs - each containing two cut and sew dresses to make two 3" by 3 1/2" ornaments.

My Victorian Cut and Sew Decorated Dress fabric #1 with the pink and blue dresses is here.

My Victorian Cut and Sew Decorated Dress Fabric #2 with the green and yellow dresses is here.


Then I decided to create a few custom fabric cut and sew decorated dressed kits and create some easy decorated dress groups of my own.


One group would contain four decorated cut and sew dresses machine sewn, stuffed with poly-fil and hung as a dress ornament.  For more information please CLICK HERE.


The other group of four decorated cut and sewn dresses would be ornaments with blanket stitched finished edges.  For more information please CLICK HERE.


The kits contain four (4) pieces, as shown above, consisting of one each of the Decorated Dresses Group cut and sew cotton fabric piece designs and instructions for finishing the ornaments one of two different ways. The kit DOES NOT include sewing thread, poly-fil, warm and natural or batting, and DMC color coordinated embroidery floss needed to create the ornaments one of two different ways.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

After all of this I still wasn't done.  I decided to use some of the decorated cut and sew dress graphics from the Circle Me In Dresses pattern I had created  to create some Victorian Dresses custom fabric designs.


My Victorian Dresses Collage Fabric #1 is here.


My Victorian Pink and Blue Collage Dresses Fabric is here.


My Victorian Multiple Dress Fabric With White Background is here.


My Victorian Multiple Dresses With Blue Background fabric is here.


My Victorian Orange and Yellow Dresses Collage fabric is here.

I had no idea when I started that my dress designs that my love for dresses would take in in so many directions.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make A Fabric Covered Round Basket Free E-Book


Print165 - Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Make A Fabric Covered Round Basket E-Book

Since I had just finished my Linda's Blog post on the fabric covered baskets I had made I thought you might enjoy a step-by-step "How-to" on how to make one of your own. If you'd like to read my post entitled "During Another Craft Phase - Fabric Covered Baskets" please CLICK HERE.

How To Make A Fabric Covered Basket - Updated March 2015

Supplies Needed

1 Small Round Basket With Handle - 3" Round
1/4 Yard Fabric - 36" Wide
1" Lace Trim - 16" Long
DMC Embroidery Floss
Sewing Thread
Dual Temperature Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Measuring Tape
Large Plain Piece Of Paper
Iron

Instructions

(Note - These instructions are for ADULT use only as they require the use of a hot glue gun. Always use caution when working with any kind of hot glue gun.)

1. Measure the width of your basket and then measure the height of your basket from the bottom of the basket to the top of the rim. Multiply the height of your basket times 2 and then add this to the width of your basket.

2. Follow the diagram shown below and draw a circle the width + height X2 of your basket on a large plain piece of paper. Draw a circle around your initial circle another 1/2" around for your seam allowance and gathering of your fabric. Now, to this adjusted circle you have just drawn add another 3/4" around for the ruffle.


Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Embroider A Basic Chain Stitch and Lazy Daisy Flower Free E-Book


Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Embroider A Basic Chain Stitch and Lazy Daisy Flower Free E-Book
Copyright ©  2012 - 2014 All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh

I just LOVE embroidering with basic chain stitches and Lazy Daisy Flowers.  Since several of my baby shower e-patterns require basic chain stitches and Lazy Daisy Flowers I thought I'd create an illustration showing you how I do this and add it to my group of free Linda's How-Do-I Series? of e-books.  Enjoy.

To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products © 2004-2015 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved. Commercial selling or reselling by any means prohibited without the written consent of Linda Walsh.

However, you may link to my website(s)/blog(s) and the individual page(s)/blog post(s) (including 1 picture) but do not copy, reprint or duplicate my website(s)/blog(s) or individual page(s)/post(s) without my permission.

Items made from Linda Walsh Originals Products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals products are by permission only.

Please see my Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Copyright © 2004 - 2015 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.
http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/

Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Blanket Stitch Free E-Book


I just LOVE embroidering with blanket stitches.  Since several of my e-patterns require blanket stitching I thought I'd create a blanket stitch illustration and add it to my group of free Linda's How-Do-I Series? of e-books.  Enjoy.

Basic Blanket Stitch


Step 1)  Starting at Point A bring your needle up from the WS (Wrong Side) of the fabric along the edge at Point A.


Step 2)  Insert the needle in at Point B on the RS (Right Side) of the fabric and cross over your thread.


Step 3)  Pull the thread to tighten along the edge.


Step 4)  Pull to tighten along the edge at Point B and reinsert your needle in at Point C on the RS (Right Side) of your fabric and cross over your thread along the edge.  Pull to tighten along the edge and reinsert your needle at Point D on the RS (Right Side) of the fabric.  Continue in this manner until your edge has been covered with your blanket stitches.


To view and download my free e-book please CLICK HERE. You'll be brought to Google Drive where you can view our free e-book. Then just download our free .pdf e-book from the File menu in the upper left hand corner.

For more information on all my free e-patterns, e-printables and e-books please CLICK HERE.

Please respect My Terms of Use:  All patterns, e-patterns, printables, e-printables, e-books, tutorials, how-to's, articles and other e-products © 2004-2015 Linda Walsh Originals-Designs by Linda Walsh. All rights reserved. Commercial selling or reselling by any means prohibited without the written consent of Linda Walsh.

However, you may link to my website(s)/blog(s) and the individual page(s)/blog post(s) (including 1 picture) but do not copy, reprint or duplicate my website(s)/blog(s) or individual page(s)/post(s )without my permission.

Items made from Linda Walsh Originals Products are intended for personal use for fun or small scale personal and business profit as long as you credit us with the design. Large scale commercial use (i.e. mass production) of items made from Linda Walsh Originals products are by permission only.

Please see my Terms and Conditions for additional information.

Copyright © 2004 - 2015 - All Rights Reserved - Written By Linda Walsh of Linda Walsh Originals and Linda's Blog. Linda is a doll maker and doll pattern designer.
http://lindawalshoriginalsshop.com/

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Victorian Hand Embroidered and Embellished Dress Ornaments and Revised Patterns and E-Patterns



I just love it when I can combine a love for Victorian dresses with a love for crafting with wool felt. Such was the case last week as I was revising several patterns and making handmade Victorian wool felt ornaments with embroidery and embellishments.


I created 9 new Victorian wool felt dress patterns and 9 pairs of handmade Victorian wool felt dress ornaments that I embroidered and embellished with beads, ribbons, and lace trim decorations.

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