The craft/art of Soft Sculpted Cloth Figures has such magnificent scope for creativity, involving fashion/costume design; portraiture; caricature; characterisation; fabric manipulation; quilting/needle sculpture; beading; embroidery; painting; dyeing and printing; knitting; crochet and all sorts of other textile embellishment.
I've been designing and making textile figures for many years. I have also recently taken up knitting and crochet again after a lengthy break
and I'm LOVING IT! Textile Creations UK (http://textilecreationsuk.blogspot.com ) is my new website/ Blog, which includes all my knitted, crocheted, sewn, woven textile creations.
It was at the middle of the 19th Century that doll
manufacturers started producing dolls with a head at either end. A wide skirt
attached to the doll's waist hid whichever head was at the bottom. The clothes
were therefore, sewn on and not removable and the arms were flap hinged to
enable them to hang easily from the shoulder, so as not to stick out from
underneath the dress. These dolls were often designed to tell stories
incorporating several characters or simply to provide more versatility. Some
souvenir costume dollmakers used this method to produce pretty
stockinette-faced dolls, one dressed in Spanish costume, but when turned over a
Dutch doll was revealed.
The variations of these upside down rag dolls seem endless: Cinderella in rags/ball gown; black
doll/white doll; happy/sad doll; awake/sleeping dolls;winter clothes/summer clothes; day clothes/ nightgown.
When making such dolls, you need to make sure that the
skirts are long enough to cover the hands and head of the doll beneath and you must
ensure that the hairstyles are secured so that they don't flop down below the
In the mountains of North
Carolina craftsmen there were also known for these doubled ended dolls to
illustrate the characters in their stories. Some of the dolls would have 2
characters some would have 3 characters all into one doll. In Cinderella, for
example, there would be a doll pair representing Cinderella and her two wicked
step sisters and another pair representing the step mother and the Fairy
Alice in Wonderland set of 3 dolls: Alice, Mad hatter and Queen of Hearts . Made from stockinette
created by a company called 'FUN TO LEARN',Co. Down, Northern Ireland. makers of excellent Topsy-Turvy
Nursery Rhyme dolls and other fabric made toys.
FOR SALE £25.00 GBP(see below)ONE ONLY AVAILABLE
Snow White/Wicked Step Mother pair. Made from
stockinette. Made by 'FUN TO LEARN',Co. Down, Northern Ireland
FOR SALE £25.00 GBP (see below) ONE ONLY AVAILABLE
Little Red Riding Hood double-ended dolls made in France.This version even has
legs: Grandma, Red and Wolf.
There's no high-tech way to buy items from me on-line. It's a question of emailing me with: Item Description; QTY; Country to be sent to; Listed Price (as shown beside each listed item) and I will check the postage charges and send you a payment request via Pay Pal, unless you are in the UK and wish to pay by cheque in pounds sterling (GBP).