Category Archives: Kish Dolls

“Woodland Whimsy”

Do you remember the mushroom motif craze in the 1970s?  They’re back!  Actually mushroom motifs have been popping up in design for a few+ years now, and in more modern colors, which I am happy about.  Back in the ’70s they were mostly seen in those 1970s colors—orange, avocado green, brown, and harvest gold.  Even though I cannot get used to that color scheme again, when I saw these canisters at the Volo Antique Mall last year I thought they were cute.  (My aunt had these in her kitchen.)

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I think the first year I started seeing mushrooms pop up again in design was 2012 when I  saw this fabric designed by Natalie Lymer.  I immediately fell in love with it.  To this day, this is one of my favorites for Bethany.

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I really need to make something for this girl again, she’s so cute!  But, I digress, sorry about that.

I’ve been saving this new mushroom print by Lizzie Mackay for one of my first fall-ish ensembles.  I know it’s not fall yet, but I couldn’t wait to use it!

Here is Lucy modeling “Woodland Whimsy”.  Aren’t the colors in this print lovely?  They’re modern, vintage, and cozy, all at the same time.

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Did your see Lucy’s little girl gnome charm?  She told me it’s for good luck.

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I’m not sure how I initially got the idea to knit mushrooms for this ensemble.  I get side tracked a lot, especially in the mornings.  I think I picked up a scrap ball of bare wool, and started knitting in the round on my double pointed needles.  I most likely wanted to  practice starting with a few stitches to make sure I remembered this technique. (It is almost Santa hat season, and I start from the top down.)  I guess a mushroom cap started forming, and all of a sudden I have accessories for “Woodland Whimsy”!  Magic!

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Lucy’s little capelet is knit with moair/silk lace weight yarn and her vintage styled headband hat is knit with a fingering weight Peruvian Highland wool in the same color.  The colorful little mushrooms were fun to embroider in bullion and straight stitches.

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Lucy’s 3/4 length sleeve dress is finished beautifully inside.  It is tedious as there is a lot of hand sewing to do, but I love to dress my dolls in dresses finished like this, it’s so luxurious.  (lol)  The dress is completely lined except for the sleeves so as to keep the bulk down.  The sleeve seam allowances that show on the inside have been double turned and hand sewn in place.  All the other seam allowances are hidden in the lining.

Since it took so long to finish the inside of this dress, I’d love to show you what it looks like.  I think this bodice takes four times as long as a lined sleeveless bodice.  All that just for sleeves!

Here is a sleeve turned inside out.  You can see the tiny hand stitches holding the double turned underarm seam and hem in place.  The bodice armhole lining is hand stitched to hide the top of sleeve’s seam allowance.

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And, with the sleeve back in place.

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Okay, I have to know . . . Is anyone else as neurotic silly with the insides of their doll dresses?  I’ve tried to change, but I can’t!!!

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Lucy’s “Woodland Whimsy” ensemble will be available tonight at 7:00 pm CST,

I hope you all have a nice day!  Thank you so much for stopping by.

“A Cozy White Christmas”

My Kish Alisha (an 8″ bent leg baby) has a new Christmas ensemble to show you.  It is made to coordinate with the last four winter white sets that I made for the Little Darlings, Riley, Pukipuki, and Amelia Thimble.  Here’s a photo of those four sets.  Unfortunately these four sets have moved on to dress their new girls for Christmas, so I cannot take a group shot of the five of them all together.  You can use your imagination to place Alisha in this photo.

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a cozy white christmas 759I love Alisha in headbands; they really show off her super soft, curly, reddish-brown mohair wig, so no Santa hat for Alisha.  Instead I hand crafted a delicate headband out of English lace that I hand dyed to a bright red.

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I made this dress full enough, so that Alisha can sit as well as stand in it.  Alisha may take her first steps this Christmas.

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Christmas Ensembles from Years Past

Last week I showed you my Christmas ensembles from 2014.  I was able to finish quite a few last year, but not as many as I would like to complete this year; after all they are the my favorite holiday themed ensembles to create.

So, last year wasn’t bad, but this is what happens when I don’t start early enough, plan ahead, have a goal, etc.  You get the picture.  These are from 2012 and 2013 with most being made for Amelia Thimble, so are tiny and much quicker to make.  I plan on doing much better this year!

Patience got her one and only (so far) fun Christmas set in 2013.

merry & bright 186 wmI made two Christmas ensembles for Kish Bethany in 2012.  This first one is more formal than the one my blonde Bethany is wearing.  I think that this was probably the first sweater I made out of the mohair/silk lace yarn that I use so much now.

P1040975ebayP1040962ebayThis was the second outfit that I made for my then new (2013) Pukipuki Sugar doll from Fairyland.  I was tickled pink at how the jingle bell stayed on her hand due to the tiny magnets embedded in her palms.

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green for the season 114 wmIn 2013, I discovered that taking photos in front of our Christmas tree looked rather pretty, don’t you think?

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bitty festive 349 wmThis dress for Amelia was meant to look like she was wearing a wrapped present in unique Christmas colors.  I took my color inspiration from the tiny wrapped present props.

better to gift 679 wmHere’s another made with a unique Christmas color palette and embroidered with red and pink poinsettias.

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flowers for holidays 596 wmThe green dress for Amelia was made to be a Christmas tree with tiny embroidered ornaments on it.  I even painstakingly embroidered tiny gold loops so that the ornaments could hang from the ribbon garland.  By the way, it is not fun at all to embroider with metallic thread.  I’ve never used it again, that is how much “fun” it is.

o christmas tree 579 wmI’ve always loved pink poinsettias!

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tiny elf 586 wmAs you can see, I made lots of Christmas sets for Amelia Thimble.

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sweet holly 384Doesn’t that snowy background look lovely?  Well, maybe not yet…

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Bye for now, and thank you so much for reading along with me and looking at the Christmas photos of my past work.  No wonder Amelia Thimble is a spoiled little thing!

Oh, and enjoy the last official day of summer!!!