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

Sunday, August 5, 2018

A few wooden dolls and friends.

Not just a Hoot! I think she is a Scream! Her shift needs to be gathered in at the neck, She has a petticoat of a nice old print.   I am not through working on her clothing yet.     Mary G gave me some lovely hands she made herself, I have been holding off waiting for better dolls, maybe I won't get more dolls made.. I am going to use a pair of the hands on this one, Thank you Mary!    





Marley on the left below,  has coral beads from Aunt Linda. 

Phoebe would like a gown of this early green cotton. I have saved it for years, bought it one year when we sold at Comfort.  Phoebe is the second hand carved doll I have ordered from Kathy Patterson. Like the larger doll Kathryn, Phoebe is exquisite.  They mirror the early 18th century English woodens.  I could never have those originals.  But now I do have two later 18th century dolls, Marley and Abigail with the blue eyes above. And I am enjoying the moppets I am making to dress in that style.


 Phoebe has a new shift and petticoat. I cut them from a fine old infant dress. The resist dyed Linen with the large pattern is a scrap from the long panels I made years ago for our red cape. The living room curtains were all sewn by hand and lined to protect them from light. It is a Williamsburg print I just love. I have pieces left, might use it on a doll some way. I see in pictures a number of early wooden dolls wear very oversized prints. Phoebe's features are delicate, I do not want to over play the clothing. Friend Linda brought me the linen shirt from a tag sale last week, good fabric and will needle so well.
Having fun, e

Note for Kim who asked, all my rug patterns and more besides are sold by Katie Hartner in Tyler at a nimble thimble.


1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness.....these dolls are SO sweet. I love their little faces. I have a couple of dolls like this made by Christine Crocker and they are my treasures. Love all the pretty little details you've so thoughtfully made!

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