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My First Post

February 5th, 2009


Welcome to my blog. I have been making cloth dolls and dressing dolls as a hobby for more than twenty years and sewing for much longer than that. When I began my doll hobby, I carefully followed the directions of the patterns that I ordered. I read pattern guides for pleasure at bed time the way I read novels. As time passed I realized that I had accumulated more patterns than I could possibly make. I wasn’t distressed, because although I had enjoyed reading the guides, I thought that I would be happier making my own patterns. I read books on pattern making and then I developed patterns by trial and error. I drafted patterns on ¼ inch grid paper, sewed up the project, decided what I did wrong and tried again. After a while I had a few cloth dolls and some doll clothing that I liked. I understood my patterns well enough to be able to repeat the projects. However, no one else could use my little scraps of paper to make anything at all.


Here is where my technical support (that is to say my husband) came in. He scanned my patterns into the computer and traced over them digitally. He added all the markings that I asked for. He scanned and traced the illustrations for the instructions. He then photographed the dolls and their clothing. I acted as photographer’s assistant, doll groomer, and critic.


Finally he built this website and learned how to attach a blog to it. So you see the term technical support is an understatement when referring to my husband’s efforts. I think that I made a slight miscalculation when I gave him a book on forum building for his birthday, however. I seem to be getting hints that I may be expected to read that book myself.

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  1. Marilyn
    March 1st, 2009 at 14:49 | #1

    Love the dolls and their cute dresses, you are so talented! Your hubby can find a job being a web site designer and overall technical advisor. Never knew he was so technically involved!

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