My mother was a doll maker. I watched with fascination as she created gorgeous clothes for her cloth and porcelain dolls. She was known for her small, leather doll shoes. I tried to make dolls when mom was alive, but my dolls were strange and completely different than mom's. After mom passed away in 1986, I was obsessed with dolls and had a new interest in making them. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the dolls I have created. They are all cloth dolls and I have painted or stamped the fabric, sewn them and then stuffed them after cutting about a half inch area around the doll shape. After stuffing them, I paint that 1/2" area around the doll with acrylic paint. When the paint is dry, I use very sharp embroidery scissors and cut around the doll leaving about 1/8" of border. I paint the border with additional colors of paint to finish the doll.
I added two dolls to the above free-standing mini quilt sculptures. The dolls were created like the other dolls. The doll in the above sculpture has a metal face that I make with thin metal and a ballpoint pen. I punched two holes in the metal and sewed the metal face to the doll. I also added strips of fabric for that doll's hair. Both dolls were glued with fabric glue to the sculptures.