Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Friday, October 25, 2013

Jan Conwell's pretty little doll

This newest addition to my doll family is thinking about a dress of the old double pink fabric.  It is easy to see why it was used so much for a child's dress in the 19th century. It really set a little girl off,  and even the scraps brightened many a quilt top.  e


  1. Your new litle doll is adorable. I'm sure she will love a new pink.

  2. There she is! Forgive my ignorance, but what is "double pink"? That color looks amazing with her. It would never have occurred to me to dress her in that color for you!

  3. Hi Jan, the pink on pink cotton prints so popular in the last half of the 19th century are called by many quilters "double pink". The rosy darker pink is almost a pink red, printed over a lighter shade. The little dress shown is a baby dress of about 1850 or 60. E


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