my big creative year : doll part 2 – fancy unmentionables

mini doll

I have lots of ideas for dolls ….. traditional, contemporary, something mysterious or dark and ideas in experimental directions. As I started to play with the idea of dolls there was an insistent desire to make a doll my 11 year old self would have loved. A doll with layers of fancy unmentionables under her gown.  To have the fun of dressing her, to indulge in tinyness and nostalgia. I got lost in it.  All the while feeling – more of this please.

I love her like you love a doll, an odd little doll.

antique lace doll slip

tiny doll

miss thistle

miss thistle



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  1. She is gorgeous, I loved making little dolls and clothes for then as a girl, perhaps I ought to get back to it 🙂

  2. My eleven year old self as well as my many times older self has fallen in love with Ms Tissel. Continued joy in creating and please continue sharing.

  3. Miss Thistle is exquisite. I am entirely enchanted by every detail. She exudes love. Well, done Miss Thistle!

  4. I thought the little whale was the most adorable thing ever but this doll, oh! Love her! Thanks for sharing her with us!

  5. She is a wonderful little being. I have a book called “Dolls and Why We Love Them” and it says that doll play “is an opportunity for unhampered creativity”. I would say that doll making provides that same opportunity for adults, too. Miss Thistle is a delight. Thank you for sharing her with us!

  6. Miss Thistle is lovely!

    Have you ever read ‘The Little Girl and the Tiny Doll’ by Aingelda Ardizzone? This made me think of it.

  7. How beautiful she is! And this just goes to show that we are never too old to adore dolls – thank you for sharing your 11 year-old self with all of us!

  8. This doll is so completely charming!!!! There’s nothing like this out there in terms of patterns – would you ever consider making it available for purchase?

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