this Santa while on an extended business trip to San Jose in California
in 1994. I joined a "free format" class at Adopt-a-Doll
in Willow Glen, a great doll shop, which is now run by Susan Knott.
It was excellent to have the opportunity to work with a different
teacher and on a modern doll; everyone in the class was very good
and friendly towards me, lending me items as I did not have all
my equipment with me. However although often I have a lot of free
time in the evenings when on these trips, this was not the case
and I had a hard time completing the doll. I finished the porcelain
painting, purchased some fabrics, and then left him tied up in a
box with friends in San Jose for about 5 years before he finally
made it home, and then after about 8 years in total I finally completed
had a particular vision of Santa as a serious chap with "normal"
clothes under his cloak. I used the cloak pattern from Seeley's
MP32, but it has him wearing a tunic, which I did not use. I started
using a synthetic crushed velvet in dark red (from New York Fabrics
in San Jose) but in the end, used this as the lining for the dark
green velvet cloak that you see him wearing in the picture; the
trim is rabbit fur which I acquired in Canada. He has a cream cotton
shirt, a dark red ribbon bow tie, and a red waistcoat and black
trousers in a synthetic felt-type material. I wanted him to have
a fob pocket watch; this is how I first found Kathy's
Kreations on the web where I was able to purchase exactly what
I had in mind (FOB1 at $5.25). I have to make sure it is not quite
in the pocket so we can all admire it...
three porcelain dolls in Santa's sack are Gigi, (mould S448 by Seeley,
but no longer available), Joanna, (mould by Recollect Studios),
and Sugar Lump, (mould by Boots Tyner). I tried to dress them all
in suitable Christmas colours.
with her grumpy little face, is not one of my favourite dolls; I
have not helped her here by dressing her in what should be gold
but, like many interpretations that are not metallic, is a mustard
colour. The dress and hat were made in DMC cotton No 80 using Anne
Lim's crochet pattern for Gigi in Knitted
and Crochet Dresses for Dolls by Joan Nerini. She
has red leather shoes and lace socks, (both glued into place).
however is one of my favourites. I have made her several times,
with both glass and painted eyes but prefer the latter. She is a
mould from an original doll made by Recollect
Studios in the UK. She is about 4 inches tall and I have dressed
her in dark green silk dupion using a pattern from Sue
and Dressing Dolls' House Dolls: In 1/12 Scale. I
had to alter the pattern slightly as I find many of her 1/12th scale
patterns a bit too big but the result is very sweet. She
has painted brown boots.
Lump is a really simple little doll, with painted closed eyes, painted
hair and bare feet; the painting is not difficult despite the small
size. The body and clothes are "all-in-one" but the body
contains a little insert to be filled with sand to provide a nice
weight for the doll.
Golly is a minituarised version of a golly in the excellent book
Classic Gollies to Knit,
Sew and Crochet by Marjory Fainges, (who is also the author
of one of the best reference books I have for porcelain dolls).
I found it hard to make a fabric golly so small, despite making
all his accessories from felt, as I am not used to making miniatures
and dealing with fraying fabric.