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, October 6, 2019

Cloth children AKA big rag dolls to hug

Elaine McNally and I have made a group of dolls, so far 15 of these children, inspired by Izannah dolls.  Elaine made the cloth masks on a sculpt I did in 1990, using it as a drape mold. The body pattern and paint are mine on most. Elaine used considerable skill, sometimes adding bits of clay between the layers of the masks.  A few of them were painted by Elaine, and one has my paint on a mask made from Elain's sculpt. So they are a true collaboration. The dolls are numbered, dated and signed. If Elaine's name is first that means she painted the doll. If my name is first, I painted it.   This past Friday Elaine came for a photo shoot visit, we had no end of fun. Another time is hoped for but for now this is where we are.

In addition to group photos, Elaine made an individual portrait to catalog each doll. A few are shown below.  None of the dolls are offered for sale at this time, we are just enjoying them. I have eight and Elaine seven. The last few of these are still being clothed and finished, it has been an amazing and exciting project for us both!

 My original doll from 1990, hey! almost 30 years back!  Only six were made, all were sold and later I bought this one back from a friend in California. 

 Frederick above is doll #1 of this group, we were so excited to see him come to life! 

 Elaine's soft and lovely painting.

This little boy is almost my favorite.   e


  1. Edyth, somehow I missed that you were in Texas. I LIVE 15 miles northeast of Dallas. It is somehow comforting to be somewhat close to a sister Izannah friend. Yours and Elaine's 15 dolls are magnificent. I sent you a private message on FB.

  2. You both should be very proud of your colaboration of talents to create these dolls. They are wonderful!

  3. Well I was not sure you were still around I still have that Rubber head I showed you a few years back and have always enjoyed what you told me about her . Love the cloth you have created and would love the one with the apron. Take care and enjoy I just got a bad cancer in remission so going to go and enjoy my live. xoxoxxo Lynda

  4. What a joy to see these wonderful dolls! I have been following Elaine's blog as well as your's. It is wonderful to see your sofa filled with gorgeous Izannah inspired dolls. They are all so beautiful! Blessings to you both!

  5. They are all marvelous! What fun you must have making these treasures.

  6. These are incredible! I have always wanted to learn how to make them like this :)


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