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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Marie Cloth Doll Debut

Hello All
I have been working on another "Marie" cloth doll this past month. Here she is, my "Hamlet Marie". I call her that because I think that this version of her is the one that lived in her little Hamlet a couple miles from Versailles. There, she dresses more simply and may have even worn her hair down. The Hamlet itself is utterly charming, with cottage like abodes, a windmill, a stream and plenty of kitchen gardens....very romantic!

I used some beautiful quilting cottons, some vintage seam binding which I dyed, some silk, a piece of a very old doily for her apron and some vintage rhinestones.

I may sew her head back on again, it doesn't seem to be on quite right....

I am still learning about this process. I need more practice on doing the face, in fact, she definitely needs new lipstick. I enjoyed making her body and clothing very much, I just need more confidence with the face and hair.

I figure practice makes perfect (or close anyways!) so I will make another one.

I do love making the shoes!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope that you are having a great holiday. Tomorrow I will announce the winner of my giveaway from my last two posts.
Leave a comment to be entered.
Hugs to you all.


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

OMG, she is GORGEOUS!!! Another thing we have in common...I'm a doll collector and I "USED" to make dolls also! Mare is "Absolutely Gorgeous"!!! My Mom used to make bed dolls WAY BACK WHEN. I had one that she made that looked a bit like your Beauty here! I LOVED her and I LOVE yours!!!
Happy New Year,
Hugs, Donna

PeggyR said...

WOW she's beautiful!

Anonymous said...

She's precious, Terri. I read a novel about her years ago. If you can believe the premise of the author, Marie was highly misunderstood and criticized. Because of her background...she simply was in no position to understand poverty....and they certainly didn't have today's libraries and schools to enlighten one!
Anyway...you asked about my pouches on Etsy...Holly hasn't uploaded them yet. Keep watching! Soon! Thank you for looking!

Barbara said...


Marguerite (Tina) Smith Hart said...

Oh Terri she is absolutely beautiful and I love the way you dressed her! She is so perfect and elegant, who would not love that sweet face. I can hardly wait to see what else you have planned for the new year!!!
Tina xo

Lindha said...

OMG!!! How beautiful isn't that doll!! What a work you've done!! Wonderful!

Want to wish you a happy new year!

Hug Lindha

Lady Jane said...

She is beautiful!!! You are way too critical cause she is fantastic!!! I love her outfit and her shoes...

Rella said...

I had to giggle when I got to the part about shoe making being the favorite part...I so agree...as I struggle to get the body parts on I keep thinking I cannot wait to make the shoes!!! Of course, you already know that I have chosen the material for my doll based on the shoe fabric...so I am thinking you so understand that. Your doll is very lovely and I agree with Lady Jane, you are being too critical. She is beautiful.

xox Rella

debi said...

Oh Terri, she's stunning, absolutely STUNNING!!! The fabrics you chose for her dress are so pretty, I love the colors. And the lace details and apron, are just perfect!
She also has a very pretty face. I'm SO impressed with your beautiful work!

Jocelyn said...

What an absolute gorgeous doll! You do amazing work.


Snap said...

Terri, your dolls are amazing! You have another winner!!!!!

The French Bear said...

She is just gorgeous!!!! What a wonderful job you did!
I love the shoes too, so sweet!
Margaret B

Unknown said...

Beautiful job and you did exceptional on her hands, you should pop over and join the Cloth&Clay Dolls group! Happy New Year!

Victoria said...

Hi Terri...wow.super wow...she is beautiful..her dress is brilliant..love that doily..dazzling and gorgeous!! You rock..she is really special!!!
THanks for sharing this magical spirit!

Anonymous said...

Terri....you are your own critic! STOP....she's beautiful! Her heads just fine and your sewing is perfect!!! Mare's story is sweet and simple, like her. I love her little shoes, too! BRAVO! She's outstanding!
Hugs and Happy New Year,

Heather said...

Oh my goodness, the doll is gorgeous! I am not a doll collector, but your doll may change my ways. She is really a piece of art! Absolutely beautiful!

Marianne C. said...

Terri, what a beautiful doll!!! Oh, I don't know how you sew on such a small scale, but what an absolutely wonderful job! The fabric prints you used are utterly lovely; the hair, the shoes, everything...yes, even the face. I could go on and on, but I think you can guess how lovely I think it is.

I'm looking forward to your giveaway announcement tomorrow...I'll be checking in.


Unknown said...

Hi Terri, Yes I'm there too and have yet to start my Winter Fantasy, I'm so glad to meet you and I'll go add you as a friend! Happy New Year Hugs and I'm just going to start my first this weekend, I have been waiting for that time fairy to arrive! . See you soon! XOXO

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...


She is adorable! And those shoes are totally precious. I love looking at all of the detail that you put into your dolls.

Happy New Year to you,
Stephanie ♥

Enchanted Hollow Designs said...

She is so beautiful and so serene looking. And, the costuming is out of this world. I love her shoes and I love everything about her.
Big hugs and I can't wait to see more of your wonderful dolls,

Ozstuff said...

Terri, your Marie Hamlet doll is superb - perfect in every way. Your eye for detail is nothing short of amazing and your needlework is exquisite. I love those shoes too! I imagine they are not easy to make but they are fantastic. (I can't see anything wrong with the doll's head!!)

Happy New Year. Thanks so much for your kind comments on my blog.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

TERRI!!!! YIKES, YIKES, TRIPLE YIKES! I LOVE HER! I LOVE HER SHOES!!!!! O.K., first of all, THANK YOU FOR VISITING OUR BLOG, Nowhere. We are silly grownups having so much fun. You are always welcome to come and get a chuckle. Secondly, dearest, do you just sell the shoes? Let me know...this is fabulous. I draw Marie Antoinette and I also plan on selling fabric through Spoonflower using my designs, but I need to set up my account. Oh, there is so much creativity out there!

Happy 2011 and come to Castles Crowns and Cottages and let me know about those darling shoes! Anita

Maminka Girl - Loribeth Robare said...

Hi Terri,

Your new doll is lovely. You are are too hard on yourself...your work is beautiful! I just love the little shoes. They are my favorite part. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I have been so busy painting and caulking that I haven't had time to update my blog but I will soon. Happy 2011! Loribeth

Princesa Nadie said...

Beautiful and lovely
I wish you a Happy New Year where all your dreams will become real

Marlynn said...

Ahhhh, she is so sweet, your Marie. Wanted to stop by to wish you a very happy New Year! Hugs galore!

Susan Freeman said...

Precious doll Terri! Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

Susan and Bentley

Terri Gordon said...

Oh Terri, Your doll is just beautiful, I love the colors, I would have never thought to put those together, just beautiful. I want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year. Hugs, Terri

Unknown said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! She is gorgeous! I don't know how much more perfect she can be; she certainly looks PERFECTLY BEAUTIFUL!

Happy New Year!


Frieda Oxenham said...

She really is beyond gorgeous!
Have a wonderful Hogmanay and happy arting in 2011!

Catherine said...

You are one talented and creative woman. She is delightful!
Wanted to stop and wish you a Happy New Year.
Can't wait to see what you create in 2011.

Elaine A said...

Such a beautiful doll Teri. And so much detail, I this she is just gorgeous!
Happy New Year to you and your family!

Elaine Allen

Kelsie from Our Country Home and Studio Photography said...

She is just lovely...I hope one day to have the time/patience to create a cloth doll such as this...your detailing is superb and I think her face is lovely...I have long admired the artwork in your header and thought it reminiscent of doll artist Marina Bychkova style.

Thank you for sharing this little lovely.

Blessings Kelsie

Ana said...

Wonderful work Terri, I just love it, the dress and shoes are gorgeous, congratulations,

Lynn said...

OH my goodness, she is incredible. I love her little shoes, and I think her face is perfect.
You make me want to make dolls again!

Marjanne said...

ooo how beautiful she is!! I love it!! all the details...

Lisa said...

This is so inspiring! Ever since I bought the 1st issue of Prims I've been OBSESSED with dolls! I have gone as far as gathering little bits of cloth & what nots to dress her in, but sadly no nerve yet. Your Marie is so beautiful. Every little detail, perfect. Yes, the shoes....I can see why you love making them. Lisa
PS I like a little bit of imperfection, I'd leave her head alone. :)

Lena said...

Oh Terri, I absolutely love her shoes!

Linda Vincent said...

Terri I am stunned by your talent! She is wonderful ....a real work of art.
Everything about her is perfect.

Lynn B said...

Ooooo Terri another wonderful creation, my gosh you are so talented! She is just beautiful.

Is this your own design or did you buy the doll pattern from somewhere? I would love to know how to make one of these dolls, or perhaps you could guide me to a website to give some tips?

I really enjoyed my visit here today, I will be back!

Kind regards

Lynn B

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