Tiny peg

I haven’t bought many vintage peg dolls lately, but this tiny peg did catch my eye! I’m unsure of what its purpose would have been, but it is an exact miniture of a normal dolly peg…

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Well travelled peggies

Thank you to Ann who sent me these little peggies all the way from San Fransisco! I wonder if they have made it back home again?

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!

Painted vintage pegs

I have some what neglected my little peg dolls and this blog over the last few months, so I shall attempt to remedy that this month! If you are new to this site, let me just run through what you can expect to find here:

Lots of picture of dolls old and new (mine and others), to inspire you

Peg doll projects -learn how to make you very own doll with these step by step guides

Peg doll video project

Restoration projects

Hints, tips and ideas for your own dolls

Peg doll kits and goodies for you to buy

Use the tags to find what you are looking for, or browse through the posts. If you have any dolls of your own, (including ones made by yourself!) why not show them of here on the ‘Your dolly peg’ page? Send me your images to: dollypegdoll@yahoo.co.uk

I thought it would be a good idea to kick off from the lull of that last few months with an explanation of the dolls at the top the blog. These are the oldest ones I have . I was told they are about 1930’s- 1940’s, and there is a set of 18. All bar one have wooden arms, the final one having a pipecleaner. They are crudely painted in yellow, blue and red and are varnished. I think they are fantastic and have plans to paint modern versions! Here is the whole family:

Keep any eye out for the new ones! In the next post we will look at some peg doll patterns…

Wedding fever

Well spring is here along soon to be joined by a very Royal Wedding! I’m sure many other weddings will be happening very soon too, so I thought I would share a Peg bride and groom with you.

      

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

A restoration

This little peggie came in a bulk auction and was looking a little the worse for wear…

   

So, I took her apart..

 

Sorted out the individual parts and put her back together again! The peg was a lovely shape (definately vintage possibly older) so I sand papered off the less than attractive face, gave the whole thing a rub down, painted on a new face (using acrylic paint and a very fine brush) and gave it a varnish…

The skirt didn’t need much work as it had originally been stitched so I tidied up the bottom and added a lenth of lace around the edge before putting it back on the doll…

 I used the original pipecleaner covering it in ‘flair’ ribbon and wrapped it around the peg…

 

I also managed to reuse the fabric for the top although it needed tidying up and the edges oversewing. I sewed it around the arms so it wouldn’t move and fray further, then tied a white satin ribbon around her waist. I added a pearl necklace and a shawl around her shoulders (the lace part of an old top I was throwing out!). The hair I had to remake, and did this using a black stranded cotton which I made into a cord and glued onto her head winding it around in a circle finishing in the centre. The hat I reused, pulling the card out of the middle and stitched a buttonhole around the edge to secure the pieces of fabric together. I added a lace motif to the top and attached the hat at a angle.

 The whole project took me about 2 hours and I think you will agree, she scrubbed up quite nicely!

  

And I think it’s worth just putting the before and after pictures together…