Thursday, April 26, 2012


I promised my sister Maddy, from Santa and the Mrs., that I would post the doll that I had created several years ago.

Just before Maddy came to visit last month, I had been looking at the dolls that I'd made and then put away for one reason or another. Agnes May was finished at one time... She was entirely stuffed fabric. Including her head. But I didn't like the way her face had turned out, and her wild red hair made her look like Ronald McDonald.

So, it was "off with her head". First time I ever had the nerve to do that to a doll. I assured Agnes at the time that she wouldn't feel a thing, and when she woke up she would be prettier. I also removed her arms and reattached them with button jointing so that they would be able to change position. I'd just finished her new head, made from paper mache, when my sister first saw her. After Maddy went home I added hair to Agnes. Then I made a rag doll for her to play with.

I guess Agnes May is pouting because Gramaw doesn't have enough fabric left to make a dress for Agnes that will match Dolly's. Or maybe because Gramaw always says "Sure you can go out to play... Have fun, but don't climb trees, play in the mud, or get your dress dirty." Agnes can't have fun without getting dirty. She'll come back with her braids undone and her ribbon missing, her shoes dirty, the hem of her dress stained and rumpled.

Anyway, I digress... Agnes has a cloth body with a paper mache head. Her cute little shoes are paper mache applied right over her cloth feet. Her long braids are yarn that was unraveled and sewn to a muslin "scalp" and then glued onto her head. "Gramaw" ties them together in the back so that they don't get in Agnes's face while she's playing.

Peek-a-boo. You can't see much of her cute little drawers unless Agnes pulls up her dress a little.

And here's a closeup of Dolly (below). Agnes and Dolly are inseperable. Well, actually, Dolly has a short piece of floss threaded through the back of her dress and tied with a slip knot around Agnes' arm.

Well, there she is in all her pouty glory! I love her turned up nose, and tearful eyes, and the photo doesn't do her lower lip justice. Maddy loved her, too, and took home a pattern to alter for a doll she wanted to make. Her's has jointed arms AND legs, and her head turns, I think. I can't wait to see how Maddy's doll looks. She's going to post it Friday!

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maddyrose said...

I love the way your sweet little Agnes May turned out. Her big blue eyes are beautiful and that little pouty mouth is so adorable. She is even cuter now than she was when I saw her last. It has to be the hair. It really does make a difference. I like the new bloomers much better than the ones she had before. I love the little shoes and I'm not sure I would have made the shoes for the doll I just finished using paper mache clay if I hadn't seen how nice yours turned out. One thing I did notice is in the photos showing the shoes, the detail of the straps is lost. As cute as this little girl looks in the photos, she's much cuter in person. After seeing her again I'm not sure I want to post pictures of my doll.
Great job Maggie.

Magic Love Crow said...

Maggie, she is so precious ;o)I love her little drawers and her dolly ;o) Everything is just perfect and too cute ;o)

Christel said...

hi Maggie, ditto to everything Maddy said, as well as the impression I got when I fist saw her. She reminds me VERY much of the German bisque dolls from the 20th century..her face has such an endearing quality, passive, and poingant. Love her, great job! Christel

Maggie said...

Thank you all!