Geisha

So I got all of my dolls out over Christmas and gave them a bit of a sort. Amongst them are some of the first ones I made including this Geisha doll:

The design is a fairly simple one: The fabric is wrapped around the body in a tube and sewn up along the back, and the sleeves are rectangles sewn up along one edge and a pipecleaner threaded through. I made another tube in pink and tied it around her wasit creating two loops which I sewed into place:

I used cotton embroidery thread for the hair which I glued to her head in spirals. I made a bun in the same way and added lengths of wire for her hair ornaments.

Some drops of beads sewn on to the front of her hair finished her off nicely!

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Little Miss Muffet

I’ve collected the odd peg doll pattern along the way. This is one of my favourites, partly because it is the same age as me (more or less!) and no, I’m not saying what that is…

…Oh, alright then! The clue is on the bottom of this picture:

I love the little picture of all the materials you need! Perhaps a good follow on post would be to see Miss Muffet made up…watch this space!

Upstairs downstairs, part two…

Some more peggies from below stairs…

  

A footman and kitchen maid

    

Governess (ok, a governess would work upstairs!) and kitchen maid

   

A maid (although I’m not quite sure what she is doing!)

  

Maids to bake bread and bellow the fire

More on the way…

I have just bought an auction of 17 peg dolls for the princely sum of £3.00! Will let you know what I’ve bought when they arrive. It’s a bit hard to tell from the picture, but if I get one good one then it will be £3.00 well spent.

While you are waiting, just for some light amusement, I thought I would post a photo of a clothespin peg I turned into a bug. I like the idea of painting the pegs and I have a rather fine set of painted pegs but I will save them for a special occasion to show you as they are my favourite (and probably oldest) pegs!

I painted this little chappie with ordinary acrylic paint and gave it two coats of varnish to finish it off. The antennae are pipecleaners cut to length and fixed into holes drilled into the top of the peg. He is only about 7cm long. Make up your own camolflage for a unique peg bug.

!COMING SOON! Stay with me for a step by step project on clothing a peg doll. I will show you how to paint a face, make a bodice, make an easy skirt and whip up some matching sleeves. Lastly we will give her some hair and we may even get onto some accessories!

Pedlar peg

This is another doll bought at auction, and a lovely example. She is a pedlar woman and carries in her basket:

A doll, dolls house, cotton threads, a picture, a boat, cricket bat, rolling pin, fabrics, buttons, cook book, a portrait and knitting.

She has little felt hands with fingers and a woolen shawl. One of my favourite parts is a wooden nose, the only one of over 100 dolls in my collection to have such a nose. The painted face is very characterful and covered with a sort of stocking material.

She has a patterned skirt with a black top edged with lace and a white apron. She wears a matching black and lace bonnet. I’m not sure how old she is but she is certainly at least vintage.

 

Real retro

There is a fashion at the moment for retro style fabrics, but this is the real thing! It’s interesting that you can still tell an original 70’s fabric from a retro 2010’s one.

There has been some interest expressed in knowing how to dress peg dolls, so I thought that with every doll I post I would try to explain how it is made, so if you should want to have a go you can.

 This doll is simply made: Her arms actually go through a hole in the peg and have been wrapped along with the body, with a white nylon type ribbon. The skirt is a cone shape with a wide ribbon sewn around the bottom and an orange ribbon tied round the peg to define the waist. The hat is simply a circle of matching fabric with the edges finsihed and a feather sewn into the top.

Her face is drawn on and her hair is wool wrapped around in a circle.

Sounds quite easy really!

A large collection

My collection of dolls was given a huge boost when a lot of about 50 dolls came up on an auction site. I won the auction paying just over a pound for each one which although great for me, was a bit sad in a way. There is alot of work in them and I think they are undervalued. The collection was a bit of a lottery and there are varying levels of quality of dolls with a few excellent ones and some very bad ones!

Van peg is one of my favourites. I will post some more good ones of them later and perhaps some of the not so great ones too!