I am very pleased with how Ophelia finished. Her story is somewhat sad; loosely taken from a “Who Do You Think You Are” episode. I do not know the episode, nor have I seen it-but a friend shared the story with me. It was a perfect story for Ophelia to tell.
Ophelia. OOAK Primitive Doll
Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones left unsaid and never explained (author unknown)
As a young woman, Ophelia was crazy in love with Jacob. When Jacob left to serve his country during WW2, it was a sad day for her, but she promised with all her heart, that she would wait for his return. And, when the war was over and he didn’t returned, her life changed. She eventually married and started a family. But all those years of being mother and wife, something had been missing from her life. The joy and happiness that she felt as a young woman was not the same in this life. Many years later, she came to realize that her sadness, her zest for life had waned because of the lost love in her heart.
Ophelia is made of canvas fabric, aged with coffee staining and sanding. She is stuffed primly with fabric rags. Her headpiece is a piece of stretchy lace fabric. Her dress is a vintage dress that has been left untouched and in its natural state as I found it. Her shoes are tea stained ribbons wrapped around her feet. Her eyes are vintage buttons. And a pretty necklace was added to her neck. The flowers and heart represent the lost love she carried in her heart.
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They been cut, sewn, turned and then soaked in coffee stain. I opted for a lighter stain because I still want to see a faint glimpse of pink. They will dry lighter.
The color looks good. On to stuffing. It’s my least favorite part of doll making. I think because the time it takes and the fact that I get excited about pulling it all together.
They sure have come along way.
There are so many different styles and looks of a Raggedy. Check out this page, History of Raggedy and see how the raggedy came about and evolved over the years. Great history and amazing inspiration there.
More inspiration for me is a doll artist, Shelly Koch Mama’s Primitives. She makes amazing raggedy dolls; the kind I love. Check out her prim raggedy dolls.
Last night my daughter asked me to make a doll centered around Red poppies. Naturally I will oblige her. Poppies are special for her as they remind her of her Papaw. We always donate money and receive poppies for Papaw every time we see the vets selling them.
I ready had that idea written in my book already. She just bumped it up to the top. I also added a mother goose and a storm trooper. lol. My book is filled with ideas for dolls. One at a time. Pick and choose as the mood strikes. 😊
I didn’t really have the cash to spend on the book. And, I didn’t really need another craft book. But this book caught my attention out of the corner of my eye. It had the most amazing primitive doll on the cover. I picked it up, glanced through it and put it in my basket. I knew I didn’t really have the money to spend on the book, but I COULD NOT PUT IT BACK. The book was securely in my clutches. I wanted that book. And, I bought it.
What I have learned from this book is that it isn’t just about steps. Step one. Step two…It’s about the journey, too. Once I realized this, making dolls became so much easier for me.
I have always made dolls from someone else’s patterns; never being able to re-create that image. Why? Because it wasn’t my journey. It was the doll artist’s journey.
I have had a great time making primitive dolls. I will make more. Here a few that I have made recently. Two were shared with my sister. Two have been sold. And, two are for sale. I will post again soon.