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 loved 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. 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, February 19, 2022

Oh Canada!

 



Daisy loves hooked rugs too!


Oh Canada! Hooked rugs are to love too! Marilyn L in Canada adapted my rug pattern "Sea Fever" to commemorate the tall ships of Canada in the Atlantic. She changed the flag and sails to reflect our neighbor's flag and maple leaf symbol. I still get email from many Rug hookers and enjoy them.

What a Lovely thing to be doing in this cold weather, thank you, Marilyn. e

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Bonnets for the Dolls in this cold weather.

I am on a bonnet binge. Here is a sweet old one that fits some of the Greiner dolls, too large for the Izannahs. I hope to make a pattern from it for smaller ones. It is a slat bonnet with places to insert cardboard stiffeners between lines of stitching in the brim. I use it without those. All machine stitched.






Here is a bonnet I made yesterday, from old quilt fragments. (No, I did not cut up the quilt you see!) The bonnet is modeled on a lovely doll made by Paula Walton in 2013. The fabric, indigo with tiny stars, is often found on quilts made in the time frame the old Izannahs were made. I have two quilts using this fabric. The front edge of the bonnet's brim was made from an edge of an old quilt to add a look of age. If I had had a larger piece of the fabric right at hand, I would have made the fall about 3/4 inch linger. All stitched on my fingers, thankful I can still sew some. The ties are tape from Burnley and Trowbridge dyed with natural indigo.






 
Remembering one I made last August and showed here. Also made of old quilt fragments. Different shape to the brim and no bavolet (fall).

Sweet trifles to fill a cold shut in day.   


Old bonnets in my painting, "Whispered Secrets" oil on Canvas, 24 x 18.    e

 


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