Saturday, December 20, 2008


Estelle is a travler. She travels by train, steamer or horse and buggy. Shes in search of lost souls. These poor souls have lost thier way and have found themselves going down the wrong path. Estelle helps to guide them into the right direction. Estelle loves her job.
Having been inspired by all the amazing doll artists I've come to know I decided to make a doll with a real cloth dress. With some help from a few books and the wonderfully talented Gail Lackey I sorta figured it out. I've always wanted to try this and the task just seemed so daunting. For the life of me I couldn't figure out our to make the bodice and arm holes having to be stitched right onto the piece. Well it took me a very long time but I think I figured it out...layers lots of layers to cover up those stitches:)

Anyway Estelle was the first and probably won't be the last as surprisingly I found the little stitches to be very calming and relaxing and I really enjoyed the process.


Odddollz by Jacqui said...

I Love Estel!!! She is wonderful an dher job too!! You did a great job on her clothing:)

KUDOS to you my friend;)


Sue said...


Estelle is charming! You did an excellent job on her dress also! And her story adds so much to her

Well done you!


Gail Lackey said...

She's Adorable! Good job!! I find sitting and stitching to be one of my favorite things to do IS very calming!
Happy Haunted holidays,

Itsy Bitsy Funzy Onesie said...

Colleen, what a dress! I think she is a big success. wonderful work!

suzanne.artist said...

Love your little creatures with big eyes! am enjoying viewing your art.

Ayala Art said...

I always enjoy looking at your dolls, great job! said...

She is wonderful!
I felt the same way about the stitching, but it gets easier the more I do it.
I like both styles of your dolls, the hard sculpted and the clothed!

tammy smith said...

hi-I found your Etsy shop and I have to tell you how much I love your work--truly beautiful expressions and workmanship. My family lives in N.O.(as did I for awhile) so I truly understand how it can inspire you!
Please let me know if your work can be seen in person as I'm coming to N.O. in April.
thanks and
Happy New Year!
Tammy Smith

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

You know, oddly enough, I have a dear friend from college who looks just like Estelle! I sure enjoyed seeing your doll. Estelle has brought back some incredibly special memories for me!

mermaid said...

I love Bill, (my dad's name)he is too cute! I'm sure, if you ask him, he would absolutely love to come live over here in Australia with me and he could visit my sister's doll (the gift), she just love's it here!! LOL
Leanne xx