The MAIDA Dolls Group Reese's Challenge



It's fun to see members' responses to some of our doll making themes. Our most recent theme was a kind of mash-up called the Reese's Challenge.  The objective was to make one type of doll in a medium that was different from the original.  Or another tack was to introduce two doll makers in your imagination and create the doll that you think they would come up with.  

Artis Corwin asked the question, "What if Johnny Gruelle and Izannah Walker Collaborated?"  When she shared this creation I wanted to scoop the little Annizannah (Zannah Anne?) up! What a fun creation.


Judi Hunziker of Olde Time Dolls 
made a china doll expressed in cloth.  




Wendi Dunn made a doll inspired by an old Currier & Ives print:



There are many equally wonderful creations being made by group members daily.  It's a great group of doll makers!

Mystery Antique Folk Art Cloth Doll Pattern



I have seen quite a few dolls made like this doll above which I once owned. There are enough of them out there with very similar shape that it must have been an available pattern in the late 19th or early 20th century. There is a pattern for a similar doll drafted by Cindy Taylor Oates in a booklet called Amanda Lou, which you can purchase used on Amazon here

Oldwellantiques has listed the doll below:


You can see she has a similar body to the other dolls in this post:





Ebay seller possum1358 has listed the following doll:






And finally, Kingieee has this doll below for sale:



Do you know anything about these old chunky baby dolls?  Are you aware of an early cloth doll pattern with the same shape? Please leave a comment or contact Dixie.  

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