Antique Izannah Walker Dolls · Izannah Walker Reproduction Doll

In My Studio January 15th, 2013


It feels like I’m always rushing from one deadline to another.  I’ve spent the past few weeks working on several new dolls for a photo deadline.  I finished this doll today, just in time to rush her photographs down to the post office before they closed, getting them post marked on the very last possible day!



Actually this doll is one I had been planning to have finished before Early American Life came to our house in December.  For some reason people always have the mistaken idea that I have shelves full of dolls, spun cotton ornaments and all of the other things that I make to sell.  They imagine that coming here is like going to a secret hidden shop full of treasures, set inside the perfect 18th century New England farmstead…   This is so far from reality ! 🙂  I normally don’t have any dolls here at all, unless there are one or two on lay-away.  In real life most of my dolls get packed up and shipped just as soon as I get the last stitches finished.  Plus doll making is messy, so my studio rarely looks tidy and there is a trail of thread and fabric snippits leading from the studio, across the yard, to the house, and into the parlor, where I sit in the evenings to do hand sewing.  So part of my grand plan, when Early American Life asked if they could come photograph our house at Christmas, was to create three or four new dolls and a whole tree full of ornaments.  None of them actually got finished 🙂 .  By the time the retreat was over and  I kept up with orders, then cleaned and painted throughout the house like a mad woman, there was no time left!  So I postponed making this doll until my latest deadline instead.

Now that she is finished, she will be keeping me company in my kitchen.  I created her for myself, incorporating all of my favorite Izannah details.  I even added a third ringlet in front of each ear, like the ones on the lovely antique Izannah that was just up for sale on eBay last week.  I doubt that I will ever be able to afford the $22,000.00 opening bid on the eBay doll, but I decided that I can treat myself to one of my own dolls.

My c. 1860 antique Izannah Walker doll in red on the left and her newly made offspring c. 2013 dressed in dress made of rare "double violet" mid-19th century fabric.
My c. 1860 antique Izannah Walker doll in red, on the left, and her newly made offspring c. 2013 dressed in dress made of rare “double violet” mid-19th century fabric, on the right.

Tomorrow is going to be another busy day in my studio, as I move on to more orders and deadlines, but for tonight I am relaxing and enjoying my new Izannah, with nothing more taxing to do than decide upon the perfect name for my newest friend…

A steadfast new friend to share in my kitchen adventures!
A steadfast new friend to share in my kitchen adventures!

If you should ever be in need of a companion to share in your doll adventures, I would be pleased to make you an Izannah of your very own.  Call 860-355-5709 or email to discuss all the details of a custom made reproduction Izannah Walker doll.


* Did you notice the waived braid trim on her chemise and petticoat???  Read more about waved braid here.

10 thoughts on “In My Studio January 15th, 2013

  1. Oh Paula – you have created yet another beautiful Izannah Walker doll! She is simply stunning and I LOVE the double-violet fabric of her dress! She is so perfect for your kitchen!

  2. Susie,
    Thank you! She reminds me a lot of the first Izannah you bought , the one with the blue body. I absolutely love that doll and this one has a very similar face, although I don’t know if it shows in the photos. I’ve been wanting to have one in my kitchen simply forever. It’s so nice to be cooking and cleaning and be able to look over to her 🙂

  3. Hi Paula,
    Just saw your new girl, she is darling. I also, love the double purple too. Are you going to do a pinne for her so she won’t get her dress dirty because she’s in the kitchen. Or is she a very neet young lady and doesn’t make a mess when she’s cooking.

  4. She will be getting an apron of some kind 🙂 I didn’t have any fabric that went well with the double violet, so she’ll have to be neat and tidy for the moment!


  5. Paula, I’d like to ask you is the chair that your doll is sitting on is it a dolls chair or sm. childs chair? Also, did you make the braided rug that the chair sits on?
    Thanks, Suzanne

    1. Hi Suzanne – I love the chair and rug, too! I’m hoping to find a cute chair and rug someday. Paula’s little chair and rug couldn’t be more perfect for Izannah. Susie

  6. Hi Suzanne,

    The chair is a doll’s chair and both the chair and the “rug” (which is really a table mat) are antiques. The “rug” is hand braided silk.


  7. Hi Paula – I was browsing in a cute little cross-stitch shop a few days ago and saw a great pattern that would be perfect to display with your new sweet little Izannah in the double violet dress. The pattern is by Blackbird Designs and the name of the pattern is “Violet’s Blue”. It would be a fun project for those cold winter nights that are still ahead. Maybe there’s a cross-stitch shop near you, but if not, this pattern is available online from The poem on the pattern reads, “As the Violet’s blue, my heart is true. Dear sweetheart I love but you”. It is stitched in perfect shades of violet. Subdued, antique looking colors. Blackbird Designs has lots of great patterns. I thought of your izannah when i saw this pattern. Thought you might want to look into it. Susie

    1. Susie,
      Thank you! I love the verse. I wish we still had a cross stitch shop… so many of the great places that I used to love to shop in have closed. But at least there is always online shopping 🙂

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