Thursday, February 5, 2009

Mein Liebling - My Darling!

For many years I did porcelain doll-making - I truly loved it! It is an expensive and time-consuming art, but oh, the passion one can put into transforming greenware into a beautiful doll to treasure forever!

My favourites were the antique dolls and this one below was the original Mein Liebling, a beautiful German doll, Circa 1910. Notice how she doesn't have eyedots, i.e. little red dots at the inner corner of her eyes!

Below is my reproduction, a great treasure of mine, and I am sure she will stay in our family forever! I did not cut her mouth out and put in teeth! I did give her sleep-eyes - beautiful blue glass eyes!
What a beautiful child-like face - it is hard to describe the feelings and emotions one puts into creating a face like this! I really miss my painting these days and will show you more in the future!
Here she is sleeping - so beautiful! Sleep-eyes require a lot of patience and skill to achieve!
Most antique dolls had at least two petticoats, all hand made and crocheted and embroidered!
Mein Liebling has knitted stockings and leather shoes and her wig is made from human hair! Her panties are pintucked and embroidered, too
Guess I will put her back in my dolly cabinet where she lives! Mein Liebling has won many awards for me, and missed out on being The Best of Show once, because she didn't have painted eye-dots - did the original?
How lucky can one person be in one week! Just look at the beautiful Giveaway I was lucky enough to receive from Darlene of Quilting Daze! Thank you so much, Darlene - two gorgeous packs of Moda Charm Squares and a little pattern - I still can't believe what a wonderful world Blogland is!
♥ ... Nitey, nite ... hugs ...♥

20 Lovely People said ...:

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous, truly a labor of love.

Maree said...

Your Dolls are Beautiful...Congratulations on your Win...
cheers

Mildred said...

Hi Lurline, I love this post. What lovely dolls. The one you created reminds me of you and your lovely granddaughters. So very pretty. The clothes are just amazing and the human hair is interesting to know about too. Thank you for sharing.

Darlene said...

She's stunning and a wonderful keepsake!

I'm glad to see that your package of goodies has arrived safe and sound. I hope you'll find joy with these treasures from me to you!

quiltingnana said...

your doll is lovely

kathie said...

beautiful doll
amazing you made her I am so impressed.
Oh Darlene is just so generous and such a sweet person.
I am so glad you won and you love your goodies, now get to work can't wait to see what you make with them
kathie

MYRA said...

Oh my Lurline... You are a woman of so many talents! Your porcelain dolls are wonderful! I have a friend that makes these also... Beautiful work if you have the patients for it... right!?! 8-)
Another goodie in the mail!?! Lucky you!
Happy stitchings!

Cornfield Quilter said...

Congrats on the win, I love the fabric. The dolls are fabulous and look so real. You are quite an artist to achieve such life-like features. What a gift you have!

janet said...

The doll is amazing and gorgeous, I can appreciate the work put into her and the clothes are just as impressive. Yes do share more of your treasures!

Lindi said...

She's exquisite, Lurline. She's sure to be a prized family heirloom. Do show us more!

Julia said...

Your Dolls are Beautiful...works of art Lurline!
Congratualtions on your win..
Julia ♥

kcenya1950 said...

Wow, you are the lucky one. The doll is just beautiful. And thanks for the house tutorial.

Cybele's patch said...

The doll is gorgeous. And the cloths are sp pretty.

Mel said...

Is there anything you CAN'T do??
She is a treasure!!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Busy as always Lurline...love the dolls...and great tutorial on the houses hope to make some on the weekend...

Ati. Norway. said...

Incredibel lovely doll Lurline. I know it is a lot of work, I have made one too.A French porcelain doll. Years ago.

Chookyblue...... said...

your doll look beautiful.........

teodo said...

This doll is fantastic..........I remember a doll like this that I had when I was a child.
ciao ciao

FeatherDuster said...

Your doll is so beautiful. Shame that you were knocked down "because" you'd followed the original so faithfully. Dontcha hate when something like that happens? I collect porcelain dolls, but have never made one. I stumbled upon a huge pile of many years worth of dollmaking magazines awhile back, and would love to make some of the clothing!

Brenda said...

I received one of these dolls several years ago as a gift. It says on the tag:
Made and dressed by Marjorie. I was wondering what the value might be.

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