Halloween Photo for Saturday


I haven’t posted any doll photos recently, so here’s one of Jayden by Masterpiece Dolls, dressed for Halloween. Jayden is a blond, blue-eyed little boy, 29 inches tall–the size of a real 1-year-old. He is wearing his Tigger Halloween costume.



Lucy Himstedt on Tuesday

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German doll artist Annette Himstedt sculpted and designed many dolls for many years, ceasing production around 10 years ago. Her limited edition dolls represented a wide variety of children. I have several Himstedt dolls–this one is Lucy, a baby doll. Lucy has glass eyes, a mohair wig, vinyl head, arms and legs, and a stuffed and weighted cloth body. She was made in 2005, #274 out of an edition of 713 dolls.


Each Himstedt doll came in an original outfit designed by Annette Himstedt. I have Lucy’s original outfit packed away, and she is currently wearing a real baby outfit. With her weighted body she can sit up nicely by herself.


Lucy has beautiful blue glass eyes.


One more of Lucy.


Asian Ball-Jointed Doll on Monday

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A few years ago I got interested in Asian ball-jointed dolls. These dolls are made of resin with multiple body joints, and come in all sizes from tiny dolls just a few inches tall to large dolls over two feet tall. Collectors of these dolls enjoy customizing them by changing the eyes, wigs, and face paint, and finding or creating outfits for them. I got a few of these dolls at that time, but they’ve mostly been sitting on a bookshelf since then.

Today I came across some photos of one of them taken when he first arrived. He is from the Fairyland doll company in Korea, and his name is Shiwoo (which I changed to Jesse). He’s about 16 1/2 inches tall. His jeans and shoes were purchased to fit him, and I made his shirt.


I gave him dark blue eyes and I made him a black wig with a blue streak.


There are many Asian ball-jointed doll companies, and each company makes many different dolls. I chose Jesse because I liked his sweet face.


His shirt has double sleeves and an iron-on design. I’d almost forgotten about this shirt, but I think I’m going to find it and put it back on him.


Original Cloth Doll on Thursday


This is one of my own original cloth dolls, made several years ago when I was doing a lot of cloth doll-making. I designed the patterns for the doll, his outfit (including shoes) and his backpack, and then sewed, stuffed, painted, and glued to get him assembled. I wanted a little boy on his first day of school, looking a little bit worried, and I was pleased with how he turned out. He’s about 24 inches tall. I call this doll “First Day”.


He’s made of cotton twill fabric, which I dyed myself to get the skin color I wanted. His face was done with colored pencils and paint. His hair is a curly black fiber that I glued to his head.


He’s wearing a short-sleeved collared shirt, shorts, socks, and shoes, and he’s carrying his backpack which is in bright primary colors.


I wired his hands, inserting wire in each finger, so that I could easily bend his fingers to have him holding onto his backpack strap.


The inside of his backpack is lined in a colorful crayon print.


One more look at this little fellow.


A Gotz Doll on Saturday


This little doll was designed by doll artist Sylvia Natterer for the Gotz doll company in Germany. His name is Nathan and he is about 15 inches tall, all vinyl with joints at his neck, shoulders, and hips. He has rooted red hair and painted blue/green eyes.  He is wearing his complete original outfit of shirt with a car print, plaid short pants, yellow hooded rain jacket, bucket hat, and white fabric shoes.


Natterer has a very distinctive style for her dolls. They have soft, ambiguous expressions with a gentle, thoughtful look.


All Natterer dolls (as far as I know) have painted eyes and painted facial details.


Here’s Nathan with his hat off. He’s had it on for awhile so there’s a bit of a bump in his hair where the hat pressed on it.


One more of Nathan.




Karito Kids Dolls on Thursday

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Karito Kids are a line of dolls that has been discontinued. The six dolls represented girls from various countries around the world, and each doll came with a book about her life in her home country. The company also had a donation feature. Children could go to their website, choose from several causes benefiting needy children, and use a code that came with the doll to make a donation.

I had several of these dolls, but most of them have moved on. The remaining doll is my favorite, Ling from China. Ling is 21 inches tall, with vinyl head, arms, and legs, and a cloth body with a vinyl breastplate. She has long dark hair and inset brown eyes. She is wearing her original outfit: orange velour top, jeans skirt, white tights, pink leg warmers, and white boots. It’s obvious that these were meant to be present-day girls, not historical characters from the past!


Ling has a lovely Asian face. She actually very much resembles an Asian American girl I knew when I was teaching high school.


I liked Ling so much that I got a second one to be her twin brother. I removed the hair (which was a wig, I think) from the second doll and put on a new short boy’s wig. He turned out very nicely.


My plan was to design and sew him some clothes, but I barely got started with that project. My Ling boy (he doesn’t have a name yet) has a pair of gray plaid boxer shorts, but that’s it so far. But you can see how the body is made with the vinyl breastplate.


I’ll get back to sewing for him eventually, but in the meantime he stands around in his boxers with his sister.


Ling girl and boy.



My Oldest Doll


This is not the doll I’ve had the longest, but the oldest doll I own: a tiny doll made by the German doll company Armand Marseille, probably in the 1920’s. I sewed a dress, slip, and diaper for her, and knitted her a hat, sweater, and booties. She is in a little decorative sleigh that’s about the right size for her.


This little doll is only about 6-7 inches tall. She has a bald bisque head, inset dark brown eyes, and a composition jointed baby body. She looks as if she was played with a lot: she has a couple of scuffs on her face, and the paint is worn down on her hands.


Here she is with her hat and sweater removed.


She has dark painted eyelashes that don’t look original to the doll. Someone must have decided she needed eyelashes and painted them for her.


Showing off her booties.


This little doll definitely has her flaws and faults, but I like to think they are marks left by a little girl playing with her about a hundred years ago.



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