Welcome to craftswithcare!

Doll-making is my hobby. I sell most of my dolls on eBay and Etsy, except for a few which I give as gifts to family and friends.

I started out making my first cloth doll a few years ago. I have always loved cloth dolls and it had always been my wish to create my own dolls someday.

Nowadays I also make dolls using different media like paper clay, wood, felt etc. Some of my paper clay doll designs are inspired by Izannah Walker and other famous doll makers of yore. Most of my paper clay and wood dolls are one-of-a-kind. For my cloth dolls, I buy small quantities of fabrics at a time, so no two dolls will be alike. I also experiment with various doll-making techniques of my own.

I also enjoy collecting antique dolls, and reading and researching about different kinds of dolls.

The picture above is not a doll from days gone by, but a photo of my mother when she was a baby!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Izannah Walker dolls

Izannah Walker of Central Falls, Rhode Island made dolls with heavily oil painted features on pressed stockinette heads with painted hair and applied ears and thumbs. I am truly inspired by her work. I recently went to the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art in the Seattle area. I loved every single moment I spent there. They had a collection of Izannah Walker dolls too. It was breathtaking seeing the dolls in person! She was one of the greatest doll makers of her time and will be remembered by the doll loving community forever.
If you would like more information on Izannah Walker dolls, then please visit Lolly Yocum's website. Thank you Lolly for letting me add a link to your website!

Please click on the picture below and it will take you to her website.

~MB, craftswithcare

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Pictures of dolls that I made using patterns provided by sweetmeadowsfarm.

Copyrighted designs, reproduced with permission.

Addie and Brownie

Annabel and Anjelika

Precious Dottie

Thanks for looking!