Custom Made Dolls · Izannah Walker Reproduction Doll

Anita’s Custom Order Ismay

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A sweet little Ismay, almost ready to head to her brand new home ❤

Making this Ismay has been a great treat for me, as I am not often asked to make black reproductions of Izannah’s dolls.  This is the very first time that I have made a black version of Ismay and I am completely smitten with her such a lovely doll in person and so very difficult to take photos of!!!  Poor dear, my photography skills do not do her justice…

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Formerly part of the Richard Wright collection, this amazing black Izannah Walker doll is the only surviving extant example that I am aware of.
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Scarcer than hen’s teeth, this charming doll is one of the few Izannah Walker dolls with a wig. In a newspaper article many, many years ago, Norma H. Robertson, Izannah Walker’s grand-niece, stated that her great aunt made “darkie”, or as we would now refer to them, black dolls. So there must have been more than just this one. 🙂

I made Ismay’s second skin body covering from and antique petticoat that I’ve had for at least twenty years.  I finally found the perfect use for it! ❤

This next dress that Ismay is modeling is not part of her wardrobe.  She borrowed it from  Cloe so that she could show her new Momma what she looks like in a different style of dress.  Anita and I have been discussing a rather extensive wardrobe for Ismay, made from fabrics that Anita has been collecting. ❤

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Ismay wearing her borrowed dress ❤

Ismay will be ready to travel just as soon as she decides what color shoes she wants.  February is much too cold for bare feet! She’ll have to wait until summer for that.

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Cloe’s dresses… the brown size doll dress is the one Ismay borrowed 🙂

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Playing Dolls with My Own Little “Alice”

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My own little “Alice” and Lily playing in the doll’s new house.

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“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”

― Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

Today is a cool rainy day, much too wet to garden, with persistent downpours that make the walk out to my studios seem very uninviting. So I’ve decided that it would be an excellent morning to sit next to the fire and share photos of my own adventures in wonderland…  On Saturday baby Cloe came to stay with us while her parents went out and about.  It was the perfect time to play dress up with the Izannahs and explore a bit of their new house!

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“Oh!” “I like this doll!”
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“She has such a pretty dress.”
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“Grandma made her little fingers, just like mine!”
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“Look, she has boots!”
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“Uh-Oh!” “The dollies fell down!”

 

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Cloe visiting with Isabeau, Lily and my reproduction Lily in the parlor of the doll’s house.
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“Can Lily #2 come out to play?”
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“Lily you wait here while I get the table…”

Cloe and Lily #2 whiled away the afternoon playing in the kitchen of the doll house, with a brief intermission for Cloe to change her dress. ❤

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“We need to move the chairs!”
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c. 1830 doll cupboard in original salmon paint and an impatient baby who could not wait to have her dress fastened before she started playing again!

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“Lily sit in this chair and wait for me. I’ll come back and play with you another day!”

The rain has stopped, the sun is out and my story has come to an end.  Please come back soon to see more photos of Lily #2.  She will be ready for sale this week, just as soon as I finish her petticoat and pantalettes.  If you just can’t wait for her sale post, you may contact me with questions about her by emailing paula@asweetremembrance.com or calling 860-355-5709 during business hours.

Other upcoming blog posts will feature an in-depth focus on my restorations of two antique Izannah Walker dolls (Lily pictured here and Emmaline), and a complete tour of the doll’s house.  I hope you can join us here at http://www.izannahwalker.com for both.

I’ll be posting more photos from Saturday’s photo shoot with Cloe on my A Sweet Remembrance facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antique Izannah Walker Dolls · Custom Made Dolls · Izannah Walker Reproduction Doll

Pamela’s Doll

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A sweet little Izannah for Pamela, made from my mold of Anna.

I’ve just finished a very special reproduction Izannah Walker doll for Pamela. I was fortunate enough to get to  meet Pamela at the 2014 UFDC convention, where we had a great time chatting and planning all of the details for this doll.  She is  made from my mold of Anna, an adorable little antique Izannah Walker doll that belongs to my friend Mary.

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Pamela’s doll in progress. I love her tiny smile 🙂
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Pamela asked for blue painted boots to match the prussian blue in her doll’s dress.

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Blue embroidery edges the hem of her petticoat…

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Details… Cording piping and cartridge pleating at the waistline of her dress… individually hand stitched fingers and applied thumb…
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The original antique Anna just happens to be visiting here at the moment and was happy to pose with her newest little sister ❤ (Pamela’s doll on the left and the antique Anna on the right).
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Old & New ❤
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Sharing secrets… the original Anna (right) and her newly made companion (left).

 

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A Letter from Hannah Grace

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Hannah grace has written us a letter to say that she loves her new home and is making friends with all of the bears who live there too, especially Mr. Ginger. ❤

All of the girl’s were thrilled to receive a letter from Hannah Grace!  . She said that keeping busy helps when she is lonely for her friends and family in CT, so she has begun working on a few projects.

Hannah is trimming photos of her loved ones to fit in her locket. She is planning to go shopping for ribbon this weekend so she can wear the locket and keep the pictures close to her heart.  Hannah wants to share her quilt top with Mr. Ginger and plans to finish quilting it later this winter.She also has a small embroidery project she wants to work on and is in the process of choosing colors.

What a busy young lady!!!  Now all of the doll’s are clamoring about starting winter projects of their own…

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Hannah Grace, Mr. Ginger and their quilt top.
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Hannah Grace and photos for her locket ❤
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A Special Doll for Susan

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I’ve just finished working on this reproduction of Isabeau for Susan. She is an 18-1/2  inch tall reproduction Izannah Walker doll. For Susan’s  doll I reproduced the cracked and peeling paint surfaces on the original Isabeau that I made  her mold from. The paint and layers of paste on her nose have been worn away, down to the underlying stockinette, just like on the original.
IMG_0021This doll has an antique pink linen second skin, like many of Izannah Walker’s earliest dolls did. Her dress is made from a wonderful thin white cotton, which has aged to a pale ecru. It has a skirt with four narrow tucks and a gathered ruffle of broderie anglaise, gathered sleeves banded with additional eyelet trim, an antique cotton tape drawstring at the neck of the dress, which is embellished with eyelet and tatting, and a wide waistband with eyelet and embroidered cotton ribbon. Her chemise is made from antique lace trimmed cotton and her pantalettes were originally part of a pair of women’s 19th century panteletts. She has two petticoats made from antique cotton and broderie anglaise. Her stockings were made from bits of antique cotton stockings and her shoes are handmade red leather.

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Arms over your head! Just one last clothing change. 🙂

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The original c.1860’s Isabeau one the right and my newly made c.2016 reproduction Isabeau on the left.

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This little Isabeau  is so looking forward to beginning her travels, as she is longing to make the acquaintance of her new family ❤

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Janet’s Hannah Grace

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Meet Hannah Grace, the first doll made from a mold that I created directly from Hannah, my most recently acquired antique Izannah Walker doll.  Hannah Grace’s new mom, Janet, picked out all of her clothing fabrics and styles ❤

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The original Hannah on the right and Hannah Grace on the left.
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The Hannahs old & new ❤

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Hannah’s Warm Winter Wool Challis Dress

I made this dress out of a worn 19th century antique paisley shawl.  The dress has many hand sewn details, including a cartridge pleated skirt and herringbone stitched seam finishes.

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Hannah Grace www.izannahwalker.com

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Hannah’s Summer Party Frock

For warm weather and fancy occasions Hannah Grace has a floral paisley dress made from antique gauze weight cotton.  The dress has split sleeves with two different antique trims ❤

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This summer dress is a bit shorter so that the eyelet tabs on her petticoat show 🙂

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Still Haven’t Seen Enough?

If you would like to see EVEN MORE photographs of Janet’s Hannah Grace she has a photo album on my A Sweet Remembrance facebook page.  Click here to visit it.

Thank you for stopping by to see us!  We are so glad you came.