Although I don’t often mention it here on my blog, I do a fair amount of restoration work when I can fit it into my schedule. During August and September I spent countless hours doing restoration on three antique Izannah Walker dolls, plus a very unique one of a kind antique painted cloth doll. ❤ ❤ ❤
Helping to preserve and restore antique cloth dolls and their clothing is one of my passions! Equal parts scary and awe inspiring, restoration work is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things that I do ❤ As with any type of restoration, less is more. I do the least possible to protect and preserve a doll, while at the same time getting her original beauty to show through her veil of years.
Here are some before and after photographs for all of you, who are equally as smitten with antique painted cloth dolls as I am, to enjoy. I do make all cloth, historically accurate reproductions of all three of these Izannahs; with pressed cloth heads that I make in molds taken directly from the original antique dolls. I’d be delighted to make one especially for you ❤
All of my dolls are finely handmade, one at a time, in New England – just over 100 miles from where Izannah Walker lived and worked in Somerset Village, MA and Central Falls, RI. Each doll is historically accurate and requires from 85 – 100 hours to complete.
I’m always happy to talk to you about restoring your antique painted cloth dolls. firstname.lastname@example.org 860-355-5709 (9:00 – 6:00 Eastern Time).
A LARGE VERY EARLY IZANNAH WALKER DOLL
HEAVILY REPAINTED 18 INCH IZANNAH WALKER DOLL
This doll belongs to me. You may remember seeing previous photos of her here on my blog.
My name is Paula Walton. I’m a working craftsperson. I’ve been self-employed since 1986, when I started selling the items that I make under the name A Sweet Remembrance. Among other things, I am a doll maker, a dressmaker that specializes in reproduction women’s and children’s clothing, maker of spun cotton ornaments and holiday figures, and a freelance designer. Upon occasion I write magazine articles and am a Craftsperson in Residence. I teach and do demonstrations quite frequently, plus I was previously the director and curator of a small museum in Connecticut.
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