In 1950 my mother purchased a new Elna sewing machine. With the purchase came sewing lessons and she signed my older sister and me up to take those lessons. That was my introduction to sewing. In junior high we had a sewing component to home economics and in 7th grade I made an apron and in 9th grade a dress. That was the end of my sewing until I married and had children. I made dresses and casual wear for myself and dresses for my daughter and outfits for my son. I made most of our Easter outfits and loved doing this. Soon, however, my children were in blue jeans and that was the end of my sewing for them. After I went to work full time I had little time for sewing.
In the late 1980’s I attended a church where we had a bazaar every Christmas and I was re-introduced to sewing, this time as a crafter. I made bunnies and Father Christmas figures, some for sale, some as gifts and some for myself. After moving to Van Buren County, I discovered doll making, purchasing patterns from various doll makers and after a period of time learned how to alter those patterns to create characters of my own. I also purchased Patti Medaris Culea’s doll making books. She is one of the premier doll makers and designers. After creating several dolls based on her patterns, I sent her pictures and was delighted when she responded that I was a doll-maker! That is a compliment I treasure.
Each doll I make is individually crafted. Some of the smaller dolls I make look similar, but they each have their own personality. I hope you love owning the dolls as much as I love making them.
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