Pictured are two of these fabrics in strips, a green and the indigo. There was also an early red print. The first of this blue was used in a precious doll quilt that my friend Johnetta B. made for my dolls. This was pictured on the back cover of my book Pockets and Roll Ups. Unfortunately the tiny gem was lost in our house fire.
I have dressed two early wooden dolls in this indigo fabric in the past. Now I have another doll that is worthy of wearing most of the rest, this lovely Kloster Veilsdorf china doll head, the so called Greiner China because of the similarity of hairstyles with American Greiner dolls. I will still have a small amount of the beautiful blue left, I hope to replicate the long lost doll quilt, though I could never rival Johnetta's wonderful stitches.
I have had another china doll by this maker: She has joined a friend's collection now.
These dolls are made of beautiful quality porcelain. The doll I am dressing has two pieces of early hand stitched undies to wash and keep and a petticoat that is a make do and will be discarded. Her dress is beyond my skill to mend so she will have a fresh one of this indigo print.
An early little apron adds a good touch, and I will search my boxes of old doll undies for a suitable petticoat. The doll's arms and hands, which I believe are original, will not survive much more putting on and off of her clothing. I hope she will stand as she is for years ahead. e