HNW - historic needlework for dolls? (was Re: Dolls and no daughters)

Carolyn Kayta Barrows kayta at
Thu Jan 4 10:46:10 PST 2001

><<A friend of mine who only had one child (a boy) has just discovered dolls
>for herself (she never played with them as a kid). >>
>Ohhh...I did!  I had two barbies and a Ken..and I designed and sewed clothes 
>for them...bags full!  Then..when I got to high school..they came in pretty 
>handy for "history projects"....I garbed Ken as a crusador once (with 
>matching siege tower) and Barbie was a wonderful "Juliet" for English Lit!  
>Now...I garb my family instead!  8)

Do you do historical needlework for your dolls?  My friend does.  And this
year for Xmas she got me a doll from the same company, so now we both have
started to sew, knit, quilt, etc. for these dolls' historical periods.
Sure it takes time away from costuming/needleworking big, but at least it
doesn't take as much time.

My friend's doll is 1820's, Hispanic/American Southwest, and she started by
tatting little trim for the doll's little underwear.  Her
doll-company-employee friend knitted the doll a little shawl from a Godey's
Lady's Book.  That friend does French/Indian Wars period, so she is doing
teensy beadwork and quill work for her two dolls.  My doll is 1770's, and I
am planning a hand-quilted petticoat for her.  But since much of the
historical needlework we like best is later than our dolls' original
periods, the dolls are learning to cope with time travel.

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