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

Saturday, August 25, 2018

English Wooden Doll Susan

I have made cloth replacement legs for a late 18th century English wooden. Paul Robinson suggested that cloth legs are acceptable when the old wooden legs are gone and the wooden joints to hold them are compromised.   The legs are made from a pair of linen slacks I dyed and cut up, very stiff and hard to stitch but with wonderful texture, and I am pleased with them. the legs are fastened to the dolll with heavy cord through the holes that once held dowels for her leg joints. My friend Penny brought beautiful linen for a petticoat.  I pulled a thread for all cuts and another to turn the hem crisply.   I used a bit of 1/8 in tape at the waist.

Now with her replacement legs in place and the linen petticoat to give body under the frail dress Susan is on a stand, The doll stand is wired to the lower part of the wooden torso to keep the stand's waist piece from rising higher on the doll and pushing against the dress. The linen feet are the same color as her original arms and barely show beneath the skirts. Susan is 22 inches tall.  

Her flax braids are appealing.    The first place ribbon is from the UFDC Cincinnati convention in 1964.       Wonder if there are records to tell who owned her then?   I am delighted with her.  She is on top of my cluttered little black desk for safety now.  e


  1. I agree, lovely! Your sewing is impeccable and doesn't flash against this doll's age. It blends nicely.

  2. She is lovely indeed. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to turn those linen legs inside out. Thank you for sharing her. I am having such fun with my new book. I have chosen fabrics for 5 or six pockets and rollups. Now I just have to stitch them! My friends will enjoy their books when they arrive too. Thank you so much!


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