Izannah Walker Reproduction Doll

Hannah’s Summer Dress

You may remember Hannah, who when we left her last, was starting out on her journey to this year’s Early American Life Directory photo shoot.IMG_4874

I’m happy to say that Hannah has safely returned from her adventures.  She has had a glorious time during the past week or so, sorting through all of the fabrics and trims that I brought home from Brimfield.  She finally settled on this early grey, tan and muted red, sheer paisley cotton print for her second dress, with extravagant antique silk velvet shoulder bows.  IMG_4844

Now that her wardrobe is complete, Hannah will be leaving once again.  This time to her new home, where she will join her sister Isane. ❤

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  • If you scroll down you will be able to see the fabric for Hannah’s dress when it was still gracing the back of an extremely worn crazy quilt, and the big pile of antique ribbons that Hannah sorted through to find the perfect ones for her new dress.  Just look for the post about my Brimfield treasure hunt.
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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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Happy 198th Birthday Izannah Walker! – Part 1

Meet Anna. She is available for sale and would be thrilled to come join your doll family.
SOLD Meet Anna. She is available for sale and would be thrilled to come join your doll family.

Welcome to my annual Izannah Walker birthday party!  This year the dolls and I have a fun filled three day celebration planned. We are so pleased that you could come join us for the start of the party.  I will be posting throughout the day today, with additional posts at 9:00 a.m., noon, and 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Come back tomorrow and Sunday for new posts at 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.

1 Finished Doll For Sale – Now SOLD – Thank You so much for looking!

Anna www.izannahwalker.com

Anna www.izannahwalker.com

Anna www.izannahwalker.com

Anna www.izannahwalker.com

Anna www.izannahwalker.com

Anna www.izannahwalker.com

Anna www.izannahwalker.com

Anna www.izannahwalker.com

Anna www.izannahwalker.com

Anna www.izannahwalker.com

Anna www.izannahwalker.com

ANNA IS NOW SOLD. I have one doll made from my Anna mold available for sale.  She is a very sweet, worn and well loved doll.  Just the right size at 17 inches to be a little sister to other Izannahs in your collection.  She has short wispy hair framing her face and tickling the nape of her neck.  This Anna is dressed in an amazing antique red print fabric that  I found in Brimfield in May.  The fabric had never been washed until yesterday and even after one gentle washing still retains it’s crisp sizing.  All three pieces of her undergarments are trimmed in tatting.  Her short black scallop topped painted boots are embellished with a red scallop outline.  As a birthday special she comes with a tiny antique tintype image of a young girl.  When you imagine the story of Anna’s life, perhaps this little girl will become her original owner…

Anna can be yours for $1250.00, which includes free insured shipping to any U.S. address.  Actual shipping charged to other countries. As always you may place Anna, or any of my dolls on lay-away.  Call me at 860-355-5709 during normal business hours, or email me anytime at paula@asweetremembrance.com if you have any questions about this doll or would like to purchase her.

Introducing Two New Reproduction Izannah Walker Dolls

I am very happy to tell you that I now have two more molds!  I made these molds, just like all of my others, directly from original antique Izannah Walker dolls.  This means that I can offer you  ten different authentic, all cloth,  historically accurate reproduction Izannah Walker dolls!

Pictured below are the four dolls that I will be working on during the next three days as part of my Izannah celebration.  After all what better way is there for a doll maker to mark the birthday of her very favorite doll maker than by paying homage to her by reproducing some of her amazing dolls! If you’d like to follow along with my progress you can check in at my facebook page to see the dolls coming to life.  Click here to visit A Sweet Remembrance in facebook.

Lily

I am able to offer you reproductions of Lily due to the amazing generosity of my friend Susie, who owns the real Lily.  I am currently in the midst of doing restoration on the original Lily and Susie very kindly told me that she wanted me to make a mold from her while she was here.  I’ll be chronicling Lily’s restoration journey here in the upcoming weeks. Lily has a very classic Izannah head and at 17 inches is the middle stair step between my  Isabeau and Izzybelle.

This first Lily will be going home with her older sister and namesake ❤

Lily #1 www.izannahwalker.com

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A Second Lily

This Lily will be available for sale for $1250.00 when she is completed.  She will come with a full four piece wardrobe which includes a chemise, pantalettes, peticoat and a dress, with painted boots.

Lily 2 will be available for sale.
Lily 2 will be available for sale.
Lily 2
Lily 2
Lily 2
Lily 2

Hannah

Hannah recently came to join my Izannah family from the collection of another of my dear friends, Edyth. ❤  I’m honored that she has entrusted me with one of her treasures.

Hannah is 18 inches tall and has such a sweet expression.  Just like Lily #2, both of these Hannahs will be for sale once I have finished them.  Yes, they also cost $1250.00, have painted boots and come with a full set of clothing made from antique fabrics and notions. 🙂

Hannah #1
Hannah #1 SOLD
Hannah #1
Hannah #1 SOLD
Hannah #1
Hannah #1 SOLD
Hannah #1
Hannah #1 SOLD
Hannah #1
Hannah #1 SOLD
Hannah #2
Hannah #2
Hannah #2
Hannah #2
Hannah #2
Hannah #2
Hannah #2
Hannah #2

If you have any questions about these dolls, or would like to purchase one of them, please call me (860-355-5709 during east coast business hours) or email me (paula@asweetremembrance.com anytime).  As a special birthday treat Isabeau, Zanna, Ismay, Isane, Izzybelle and the original Hannah have been busy piecing together quilt tops to go along with the Lilys and Hannahs that are purchased during this three day weekend.  More about their quilting party later on… Just one more reason to keep checking back in through out the next three days 🙂

Feeling Creative?

For anyone who has the urge to try making an Izzy of their own I currently have two of my Izannah Kits ready to go.

A full instruction book + patterns comes with each head. The unpainted head/kit is $200 and the painted head/kit is $375.
A full instruction book + patterns comes with each head. The unpainted head/kit is $200 and the painted head/kit is $375.

Izannah Kit www.izannahwalker.com

Notice all of the paint texture of the original antique doll is captured in this composition head.
Notice all of the paint texture of the original antique doll is captured in this composition head.

Furniture Tag Sale

The girls were all very enamored of the article they read in Antique Doll Collector about an Izannah Doll House. So when I asked them what they would like to include in our birthday weekend they all resoundingly said “Let’s have a tag sale of all of the doll furniture, so other Izannahs can furnish a doll house too!”  Consequently all of my antique doll furniture is on sale at 10% off from  9/25 – 9/27. The sale price does include free shipping to U.S. addresses. Click here to shop the furniture sale.

Zanna is in charge of setting up the tag sale & Izzybelle is helping tie on the price tags!
Zanna is in charge of setting up the tag sale & Izzybelle is helping tie on the price tags!

Furniture Tag Sale www.izannahwalker.com

Furniture Tag Sale www.izannahwalker.com

Furniture Tag Sale www.izannahwalker.com

That’s All For Now…

Come back to see us at 9:00 a.m. eastern time for our continuing birthday party adventures.

Izannah Walker Reproduction Doll

Carole’s Doll

Carole's doll and her wardrobe.
Carole’s doll and her wardrobe.

Today I finished Carole’s special order “Ismay”.  After popping Miss Ismay’s shoe laces in their dye baths, I hurried to take photos of her before dark. 🙂

Ismay shows off her antique lined second skin body covering.
Ismay shows off her antique linen second skin body covering.
The linen that I used for Ismay's second skin has a W cross stitched on it, which I placed on her left knee. Obviously this linen was meant to be part of this doll!!!
The linen that I used for Ismay’s second skin has a W cross stitched on it, which I placed on her left knee. Obviously this linen was meant to be part of this doll!!!
Another view of Ismay's knees <3
Another view of Ismay’s knees ❤

Carole's Doll www.izannahwalker.com

Pintucks, ruffles, feather stitching & hemstiching... <3
Pintucks, ruffles, feather stitching & hemstiching… ❤
Petticoats!
Petticoats!
Carole loved the clothing that I did for my doll that was pictured in Early American Life earlier this summer. Fortunately I had just enough fabric left to recreate her wardrobe for Ismay.
Carole loved the clothing that I did for my doll that was pictured in Early American Life earlier this summer. Fortunately I had just enough fabric left to recreate her wardrobe for Ismay.

Carole's Doll www.izannahwalker.com

Ismay wishes everyone a very happy Labor Day!
Ismay wishes everyone a very happy Labor Day!

Carole's Doll www.izannahwalker.com

In the morning Ismay’s shoe laces will be dry and I’ll teach her how to lace and tie her shoes!

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Wishing You a Happy Easter!

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Wishing you all a very happy Easter weekend!

Melissa's doll spent an afternoon frolicking with the rabbits before she departed for her new home.
Melissa’s doll spent an afternoon frolicking with the rabbits before she departed for her new home.

 

What sweet treats are hiding under the chicks nest?
What sweet treats are hiding under the chick’s nest?

 

"Bunny do you think the eggs will hatch in time for Easter?"
“Bunny do you think the eggs will hatch in time for Easter?”

 

"Look! I think one is starting to crack!"
“Look! I think one is starting to crack!”

 

I received this very special Easter photo from all of my dolls that are now part of a wonderful family.  A huge thank you to Susie for convincing the girl's to behave long enough to have their picture taken and for allowing me to share it with you! <3
I received this very special Easter photo from all of my dolls that are now part of a wonderful family. It’s the best Easter greeting that I’ve ever gotten!  It is such fun to see them all together.  A huge thank you to Susie for convincing the girls to behave long enough to have their picture taken and for allowing me to share it with you! ❤  When this photo was taken the girls were all patiently waiting to welcome their newest sister home and into the family. 🙂

 

Ready for Easter!
Ready for Easter!

 

This doll is traveling on spring break.  She has gone to Delaware to visit Winterthur Museum and take part in the Early  American Life 2015 Directory photo shoot.
This doll is traveling on spring break. She has gone to Delaware to visit Winterthur Museum and take part in the Early American Life 2015 Directory photo shoot.

 

Easter Greetings www.izannahwalker.com

 

Easter Greetings www.izannahwalker.com

 

Easter Greetings www.izannahwalker.com

 

Wardrobe change!  All well dressed young ladies need at least two frocks with matching shoes.
Wardrobe change! All well dressed young ladies need at least two frocks with matching shoes.

 

Easter Greetings www.izannahwalker.com

 

Need a bit more Easter eye candy?  Click here to see  a previous Easter post.

post script…

Were you wondering if Miss Zanna arrived safe and sound at her new home in time to celebrate Easter with her sisters?  Take a peek…. all of her sisters and a dear old family friend have made her feel particularly welcome and well loved ❤

 

Welcome home Zanna!!!
Welcome home Zanna!!!
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Melissa’s Doll

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I’d like to introduce you all to Melissa’s doll.  She is a wonderful example of one of my custom ordered reproduction Izannah Walker dolls.  Melissa requested a doll with a very thin neck and downward tilted head, that had an appearance reminiscent of one of her favorite antique Izannah Walker dolls (a doll that was previously part of the Popp collection and later owned by R. John Wright).  She asked me to give her doll a pale complexion, but one without the grey tint that many antique Izannahs have.  Melissa also wanted a paint surface that showed some moderate wear and age, but preferred her doll to have a “perfect” nose.  She chose the antique blue paisley print dress fabric from my fabric swatch book and found a photograph of a dress she loved in a museum collection for me to use as a reference.

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Because the dress Melissa wanted for her doll was of a slightly earlier style than those worn by  most Izannah Walker dolls, the two of us created our own imagined history for the doll and her dress.  We decided that the grandmother, of the little girl who first owned this doll, sewed a dress for the doll just like the dresses that she had made for her own daughter.   As I sewed on this dress I daydreamed of a grandmother taking apart a worn out dress that she has made many years before, when her daughter was a young girl.  She set aside all of the best pieces of fabric, then carefully cut them out in a miniature version of the original dress.  Then as she sat sewing all the pieces together, she told her granddaughter stories of how much the little girl’s mother had loved the dress and the things she did when she was a child.

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

I’d like to thank Melissa for sharing her vision of her dream Izannah with me, and giving me the opportunity to bring it to life.  I also have to thank her for having the patience of at least two saints, and not minding how long it took me to make this doll!  ❤

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Melissa's doll www.izannahwalker.com

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Christmas Dolls

One of the best parts of doll making is getting the chance to plan and make dolls for wonderful people. These dolls were ordered as special Christmas presents from loving husbands… ❤ ❤ ❤

 Merry Christmas Susie!

Surprise!!! Two sweet sisters under the tree...
Surprise!!! Two sweet sisters under the tree…

 

Susie's Dolls www.izannahwalker.com

Susie's Dolls www.izannahwalker.com

Susie's Dolls www.izannahwalker.com

Susie's Dolls www.izannahwalker.com

Susie's Dolls www.izannahwalker.com

Susie's Dolls www.izannahwalker.com

Joyeux Noel Suzanne!

Suzanne's doll has a wardrobe of four dresses, so that she can dress for any occasion!  Not shown are her warm winter wool petticoat and summer sunbonnet.
Suzanne’s doll has a wardrobe of four dresses, so that she can dress for any occasion! Not shown are her warm winter wool petticoat and summer sunbonnet.

 

Suzanne's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Suzanne's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Suzanne's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Suzanne's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Suzanne's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Suzanne's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Suzanne's doll www.izannahwalker.com

Suzanne's doll www.izannahwalker.com

I finished her last dress late at night, so she posed under my Christmas lights.  Bright and early the next morning she was off on her journey to her brand new home just in time for Christmas!
I finished her last dress late at night, so she posed under my Christmas lights. Bright and early the next morning she was off on her journey to her brand new home just in time for Christmas!

 

❤   One of the things I found quite touching is that both of these dolls had dresses ordered from two of the same fabrics.  That just seemed meant to be, as they were both presents from husbands to their very sweet wives.

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